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LuttiSLuttiS Frets: 1484
Discussion in the office today was about first proper jobs (Not washing your dads car for 50p ;) ) that you had to apply for, sign contracts etc.

All were fairly boring. At 14 or 15 i got a job as a waiter in a hotel. Was a small place, mainly did waiting tables, but also occasionally worked in the kitchen and cleaned toilets.. all for £4 p/h! Exciting stuff. 

So what did you all start with? 
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  • teradaterada Frets: 3952
    edited January 7
    General office admin dogsbody. Boring but saved what little I could for months and months and eventually bought a US strat.

    Wonderful time of my life.
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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 9761
    Sainsbury's. Shelf stacking. The "managers" were self-important morons.
    "Working" software has only unobserved bugs. (Parroty Error: Pieces of Nine! Pieces of Nine!)
    Seriously: If you value it, take/fetch it yourself
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  • hywelghywelg Frets: 1801
    edited January 7
    Corona pop wagon, Saturday lad. Less than a pound a day. Worked up to wagon driver for £2.50 a day whilst at Uni. 

    Context. Beer 11p a pint. 
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 7736
    I've never had a part time job. At 18 I did admin in a bearings wharehouse.
    Hence my love of The Two Ronnie's: 
    "the next sketch is set in a ball bearing factory where I play a man who has lost his bearings."
    " and I play a man who has lost his way around "
    Assholes are like opinions - mine’s on the internet. 
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  • p90foolp90fool Frets: 10573
    On the end of a machine, packing 500 envelopes in a box every 40 seconds, for 12 hours with no break. 

    I had to go like crazy for five minutes or so to get enough seconds ahead to be able to light a cigarette or bite a sandwich. 
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  • LuttiSLuttiS Frets: 1484
    p90fool said:
    On the end of a machine, packing 500 envelopes in a box every 40 seconds, for 12 hours with no break. 

    I had to go like crazy for five minutes or so to get enough seconds ahead to be able to light a cigarette or bite a sandwich. 
    That was one of my summer jobs... except i got a 5 min break every 4 hrs or something like that.. tough stuff! :)
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  • MusicwolfMusicwolf Frets: 171

    First part time job stacking shelves (well, filling freezers to be precise).  First full-time job was at 19 after failing my first year exams at Polytechnic (having scraped in with less than glittering A level results).  This was in 1983 and, having been unsuccessful at a couple of interviews, I took on the job of Junior Car Salesman at a Ford dealership thinking that it would do for a couple of months until I found something better.  £40 per week, 5 1/2 days per week (well below minimum wage in today's money).

    Although I didn't stay as a Salesman I stuck with the company for 5 years during which time I re-sat my Maths A level at night school (got a grade A) and left to read Physics at University. 

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  • DominicDominic Frets: 4553
    Local Guitar Shop...........ESS in Barnet 
    I thought it would be great fun playing lots of lovely guitars for £3 per day
    Fact was it wasn't fun polishing lots of guitars all day and getting told off if I played one 
    I also had to unpack boxes, check inventory.make coffee, and clean the windows
    I was only allowed to plug in and demo a guitar if everybody else was with a customer and that wasn't often.
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  • DopesickDopesick Frets: 1100
    Part time shelf stacker in Morrisons during the summer for a few months. Evening shifts during the week were fun as there were no customers. Saturday shifts all day though could fuck right off. This was during the heat wave of 2003 as well. The chiller felt like a palace.


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  • skunkwerxskunkwerx Frets: 2025
    Well I did temp work for the nhs while at college. 

    Got sacked for browsing airsoft guns too often. 

    £10 an hour, mon-fri... how I long for that now! 

    Then I got a temp job with hmv. 

    10.5 years later.. I'm still there... 

    Well.. I shouldnt complain.. could be on the dole next week... 
    The only easy day, was yesterday...
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  • CHRISB50CHRISB50 Frets: 2036

    First and only Saturday job was clearing tables in the Bentalls Centre food court in Kingston.


    Original plan was to try hard at college, pass my A levels and become a physiotherapist. Unfortunately Sega Rally / pub and pool was what I invested my time in.


    I flunked my A levels and got a job at an independent record shop in Sutton (where a mate already worked). Got paid fuck all but built up a ridiculously good (and large) record collection in a very short space of time, and went to some cracking label / launch parties. Shit job, but good perks.

    I can't help about the shape I'm in, I can't sing I ain't pretty and my legs are thin

    But don't ask me what I think of you, I might not give the answer that you want me to

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  • Waitrose supermarket when I was at college between 16-18. Good bit of pocket money to fund myself and save for driving lessons. Shitty hours (Tues and Fri evenings) but decent enough to get started.
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  • SnagsSnags Frets: 1179
    Not sure I signed anything for the first handful of part-time things: general dogsbody in the Spar; local free paper delivery round, eventually ended up being the local 'depot' for it.

    First thing approaching a real job was part-time for Bejam as a freezer stacker (no shelves ;) ). They tried to persuade me to go permie instead of going to uni, but as the two most attractive Saturday girls were already banging the manager and the assistant manager there wasn't much incentive.
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  • not_the_djnot_the_dj Frets: 6190
    Started as a trolley collector at a garden centre. I then worked on the till and the information desk. I was there from school all the way through collage and uni.
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  • NunogilbertoNunogilberto Frets: 1461
    I worked as a cleaner in Tesco, for a contractor. I hated the early mornings but it was easy money and the rest of the day was mine (unless I worked afternoons/nights etc).

    I’d do it again if it paid enough - when I think of the some of the stress I’ve endured in subsequent jobs..
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  • MagicPigDetectiveMagicPigDetective Frets: 741
    edited January 7

    Safeways, on Saturdays. I was put to work in the Café and told I was the first man ever to work there. Being a useless workshy 17 year old I did such an appalling job of clearing the tables I was swiftly moved to the fruit and veg section! There I worked under a total self important prick of a manager.

    Then some mind numbingly boring jobs in a Laura Ashley's warehouse and manning the phone on the Kays Catalogue Order line.

    First proper job was excellent; I got paid to walk around farms in Snowdonia, some of which included whole mountains, mapping habitats and features, for an agri-environment scheme.

     


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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 5501

    When I was a student I had a summer job at a timber merchant's.  I never got to do anything exciting like working in the sawmill, it was mostly just putting together orders and stacking planks, but I liked it and it was good exercise.

    I also worked for a temp agency for a while, stuff like kitchen porter work - i.e. washing up.  That was boring but did give me the opportunity to dazzle my temporary workmates with my ability to do the Sun quick crossword in about 5 seconds.

    Also spent a couple of days in a Dairy Crest warehouse packing samples of a cheese called Melbury (it came out about the same time as Lymeswold, but was less popular).  It was freezing cold to stop the cheese going off.

    That's about it.

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  • fields5069fields5069 Frets: 1547
    I'm not sure I signed a contract, but I had a cushty Saturday job for a while in the warehouse at my local M&S. Nearly £3 per hour, which in those days was the cream of the crop as far as Saturday jobs go. 300% bonus at Christmas and 50p lunches, plus I got to use the cardboard crusher.
    Some folks like water, some folks like wine.
    My feedback thread is here.
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  • octatonicoctatonic Frets: 20783
    I worked in a supermarket whilst still in school.
    My first job after that was playing in a band on the weekends- weddings, parties and such.

    I am the juice of four limes.
    Trading Feedback

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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 10720
    Saturday boy in Cookes guitar shop in Norwich, followed by a brief stint as a potwasher in a pub. 
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  • BRISTOL86BRISTOL86 Frets: 1586
    edited January 7
    I had two part time jobs as soon as I turned 16, while I did my A Levels.

    Saturdays in the Sony Centre which was great as it paid commission on top of hourly wage, and Sundays in Debenhams.

    First full time job was office admin in a law firm, which I very quickly got bored of.
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  • fretmeisterfretmeister Frets: 10228
    Assembling dashboards that would later end up in Lotus Elans.

    It was surprisingly good fun - even though it was many years before min wage so the pay was £3 per hour from 6am to 2pm, then time and a half from 2pm to 6pm.

    Time and a half on Saturday and double time on Sunday if you had worked the Saturday.

    I did 6 weeks without a day off so I could buy a Gibson Explorer.

    "Guitars are just basses for kids"

    Gregor Fris

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  • KKJaleKKJale Frets: 764
    Aged about 16, I worked in the kitchen of a weird restaurant selling Swedish-style open sandwiches. Long, long, boiling hot shifts consisting mostly of food prep and washing up. It made my clothes pong terribly.

    I worked for six weeks and blew most of it on a Viking 10-speed with double-butted Reynolds 531. 
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  • MrBumpMrBump Frets: 608
    So many... formative years were spent in the arse-end of nowhere (East Anglia), so there was loads of casual employment - drove an antique tractor around a nursery when I was ~16 or so, worked in an apple packing factory - did rose patching (if you don't know, it's the worse, most painful job ever...), strawberry picking.  Squeegeed blood off the floor in a meat processing factory.

    No minimum wage back in the late 1980's,  rates would either be piecework, or £1 an hour or something.

    When I was at college I graduated to collecting shopping trolleys at Safeway.

    I've a pretty good job now, but at the back of my head there's always the voice that says "this could end at any time, and you'll be back on the land..."  I think that keeps me grounded and stops me being all "city-like".
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  • I worked at John Menzies while at school. Crap wages, but quite fun & free access to jazz mags- nice. 

    I moved from there to Lifeguard work- which was great. Good wages, free gym membership & totally laid back atmosphere. I miss that job. 
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  • gubblegubble Frets: 1065
    A Computer Shop (where i previously did my work experience) Worked the entire of my summer holidays after doing my GCSEs and then continued on saturdays and during school holidays.

    I learnt an awful lot there and really enjoyed it. I saved enough money to buy a Fender  Telecaster and a Marshall VS100 amp.

    Very happy days.
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  • ronnybronnyb Frets: 679
    LuttiS said:
    p90fool said:
    On the end of a machine, packing 500 envelopes in a box every 40 seconds, for 12 hours with no break. 

    I had to go like crazy for five minutes or so to get enough seconds ahead to be able to light a cigarette or bite a sandwich. 
    That was one of my summer jobs... except i got a 5 min break every 4 hrs or something like that.. tough stuff! :)
    And pay mill owner for the privilege of going to work.
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  • Hick81Hick81 Frets: 81
    Delivering free papers when I was 13 (1994). I got paid £0.01 per paper and had to deliver 1000 with 2 days to get it done by. I don’t think I’ve had a job as hard since. 
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  • usedtobeusedtobe Frets: 2650
    Local, 6 man decorating firm. Owner took the piss, big time, regarding pay. 
     so if you fancy a reissue of a guitar they never made in a colour they never used then it probably isn't too overpriced.

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  • Jimbro66Jimbro66 Frets: 1153
    During my last couple of years of school before going off to polytechnic I had a p/t job building cabin cruisers at weekends, holidays and occasional evenings. They were great guys working at the marina and we had plenty of laughs.

    The upside was learning a lot about boatbuilding but the not so good side was using electric sanders on fibreglass hulls with no PPE provided back then :(

    I can't remember what the pay was but it bought me some very nice  things.
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