Saturday, 17 December 2011

Chopping and Changing

In the past many people were tied to the same job for the majority of their working life, often earning a crust by doing the same type of work over a fifty year period. How times are different. Now we chop and change with many of us embarking on two, three or more careers in our lifetime, sometimes out of necessity because of, say, redundancy or a geographical move or through personal choice when we outgrow a particular profession.  Our close knit trio  that met when we were training to become occupational therapists is  a case in point. It's  made up of an ex hotelier and civil servant, a former dental nurse who then became a optician's dispenser and a tax consultant.  And our wider cohort included an archaeologist, midwife, art teacher, medical laboratory technician, carpenter and a milkman.

I've come across a financiers who've become nurses, a retired doctor who returned to college to  become a glass blower, a software engineer who trained to be a landscape gardener and a teacher who became a bus driver.   One person with a particularly complex career portfolio combining podiatry, working as a carer for people with learning difficulties and being a personal assistant all at the same time.  Perhaps this fluidity in the job market challenges the notion that define us by what we do.

I was having a chat to Mr Metrosexual the other day and asked him what he did before he became a nurse.  It certainly seemed like his change of direction came not a moment too soon.  'I was a pharmacy techinician' he replied.  'It got a bit boring so we had to devise our own fun.  We made suppositories that were a bit too big and roughed up the edges!'  

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