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Stuart Jones

From 16 - mostly alongside college and university to be able to buy food:

  • Paper boy
  • Odd jobs in a garden centre
  • Temp cover - warehouse, deliveries, cleaning, loading, and all sorts of other things
  • Bartender
  • Support engineer for HVAC control hardware and software

The temp cover job was pretty good at times - even worked in a brewery for a couple of weeks. But I'd never know what I was doing from one day to the next, and some jobs were horrible (8 hour shifts testing imported smoke detectors or cutting off European plugs of off electric blenders and replacing them with UK plugs).