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    Quote Originally Posted by lordna View Post
    My first job was as an apprentice electrician earning 4 19s 11d a week which i did until deciding to study electrical engineering at a higher level.

    But the interesting bit is I gave up that career to go into computers and this eventually led me to work for Commercial Union as a programmer/analyst. I lived through the mergers with GA, then Norwich Union until AVIVA also made me redundant in 2002. Coincidence!
    Indeed, a coincidence ... !

    During MY time with General Accident, I was one of hundreds at Head Office who sat an "Aptitude Test" to determine whether or not they'd prove to be suitable candidates for training as future Computer Programmers. Alas, I wasn't considered.

    Can't remember the exact criteria (as nearly half a century has elapsed since I "tried my hand" ... but I do recall the examiners setting their sights on applicants [ideally] scoring an 'A' pass (of which, I later heard, there were comparatively few) or at least a 'B'. Like the vast majority, I'd been graded 'C' which didn't qualify.

    So ... well done on your commendable achievement.


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    One of York's bigger employers was 'Yorkshire Insurance'....later to become 'Yorkshire General'....later to become Norwich Union....later to become Aviva.

    Blinkin takeovers ! Hardly time for the damned paint on the sign to dry !

    Rowntrees, after over a hundred years, taken over and becomes Nestle.

    Leave our local companies alone !!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur Little View Post
    That's the spirit, Tone! Joking apart ... it's really good to see you back here posting again.
    Thanks Arthur! Much appreciated!


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    First job after school was a Christmas job in Ratners jewellers... it was crap.. but at the time it was 125 per week which in 1990 was quite good..... plus once I gave my Mum 25 I had 100 to waste on beer and women


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    You were lucky.
    My mother used to take half of my wages, and another third went on trainfares to get to work.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Slip View Post
    First job after school was a Christmas job in Ratners jewellers ... it was crap.. but at the time it was 125 per week which in 1990 was quite good..... plus once I gave my Mum 25 I had 100 to waste on beer and women
    ... coincidentally, when my daughter was in her 5th & 6th Forms at Perth Academy - a few years earlier (circa mid to late 80s) - she ALSO worked with Ratner's the Jewellers, albeit in a
    part time Saturday job!

    By contrast, though, she enjoyed working there.


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    ... as it happened, the youngest of my former boss's three sons was a Trainee Manager with Ratner's at the time.

    ... although this fact had no bearing on my daughter's temporary student employment.


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    Quote Originally Posted by grahamw48 View Post
    You were lucky.
    My mother used to take half of my wages, and another third went on trainfares to get to work.
    Yeah, my mum used to take 1 off me for board that left me with ten shillings for the week!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Parnham View Post
    Yeah, my mum used to take 1 off me for board that left me with ten shillings for the week!
    Ah ... but then ... you could buy a lot with 10/- in those days.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur Little View Post
    Ah ... but then ... you could buy a lot with 10/- in those days.
    I think petrol was about 1shilling and 3pence per GALLON!


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    The first gallon of petrol I bought (for my motorbike) in 1967, cost 5/- .

    Petrol has always been roughly the same cost as a pack of 20 cigs.

    At that same time I used to work 8 hours in a shop on Saturdays (Burtons Tailors 'measure book boy') for 1.


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    I started full time work at 16 in 1968.

    My take home pay was 7 for a 5'/2 day week, out of which I gave my mother 3.50, then -2 for train fares, leaving me with the grand total of 1.50 a week to blow.


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    I started full time work at 16 in 1968.

    My take home pay was 7 a week, out of which I gave my mother 3.50, then -2 for train fares, leaving me with the grand total of 1.50 a week to blow.

    I later topped that up by working at the local zoo all day Sundays, for another 25 bob, which paid for my driving lesson.


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    luckily hired as a full time accounting staff doing accounts payable and auditing at affiliated company while still at university.


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    My first job was working for the Inland Revenue in the self employed taxation department. Whilst still at school, I also worked in a shop selling fabrics, fortunately I was in soft furnishings as I hate sewing and dress making


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    My first job was working for the Inland Revenue in the self employed taxation department.


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    I wasn't going to say anything Fred.


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    Erm ...... what's wrong with that guys? Some one had to do it!

    Anyway, I'm not alone as Terpe is also ex Inland Revenue too


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    My first job in the Philippines was a cashier in a convenience store.
    Then here in the UK- I just started at Salmon Factory. and this is my first job.


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    my first job was a Company Nurse in a private energy company in the Philippines. i loved that job lots of happy employee, not bad salary and there's lots of free food
    No amount of makeup can mask an ugly heart


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    Quote Originally Posted by MissAna View Post
    my first job was a Company Nurse in a private energy company in the Philippines. i loved that job lots of happy employee, not bad salary and there's lots of free food
    Free Food, that would keep me happy
    Mick


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    I was a Laboratory Assistant for almost two years while I was completing my degree. That was how I met David online since I had unlimited internet access. UK wise, I work behind the bar part-time.
    UKBA,UKBA I am dreading to hear from you...
    UKBA, a BRP for Christmas will do...


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