Mixed Employment

Jill of all trades. A Norfolk girl. (2013)

After a village childhood, our story-teller worked for the Post Office (pre-British Telecom) in the office and on a manual telephone exchange. Married life was punctuated seasonal farm work, before returning to BT in the early 1970s. She went through the many changes in the telecom world, including in sales (How do you sell a […]

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Many Skills, Many Interests (2009)

I wonder if I could take you back to when you were coming up to your last year at school, your age then and what you had in mind for the future as a career. I wanted to work in pathology. Pathology. Yes, medical laboratory technician as it was then and … my mother was […]

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My Odd Jobs – Part One. (2011)

If you've read "Forty-five years in the finance and investment worlds" in the Finance catalogue you'll know that the contributor is anything but a dull number cruncher. We asked him to tell us about his "odd jobs" – those before and after his "real" career. He ends his story with "I've come full circle, from the […]

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My Odd Jobs – Part Two. (2011)

If you've read "Forty-five years in the finance and investment worlds" in the Finance catalogue you'll know that the contributor is anything but a dull number cruncher. We asked him to tell us about his "odd jobs" – those before and after his "real" career. He ends his story with "I've come full circle, from the […]

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Short and sweets at Rowntree Mackintosh

I left school in Loddon in 1970 and the reason why I went to Mackintosh’s was because there was a free bus service that picked up from Beccles then come through Loddon, Thurton all the way through. So that was a good incentive. Also I was going to go into hairdressing but that was £3 […]

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The Dye House and the Grocery Business (2010)

Born in 1920, at 14 the contributor started work in Wolsey's textile laboratory in Leicester. He was called up in 1940 and trained as wireless operator. He then went back into the textile trade as a dyer. He recalls the steam, heat, noise and smells of the dyeing process. Later he opened a country shop […]

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The Trail Blazer (2008)

I was seventeen. I was supposed to go to university but the war was on and my mother was a widow and I really thought it was unfair of me to demand so much more money out of her for a degree, and it was a different atmosphere in the war anyway, I left at […]

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