I have had a variety of jobs during my working life. These have been allowed me to retire early and explore.
When I left school I went to the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst to train as an army officer. However after six months it clearly wasn’t working for either the army or me, so I left.
I returned to live at my grandparents house in Ampthill, Bedfordshire and started looking and thinking about another career. While in a job centre in Bedford one of the staff came over asked if she could help me – it turns out she thought I was a policeman. This started me thinking and I applied to the Bedfordshire force. This took over a year to come to fruition and in the mean time I was unemployed. I managed to get a job at an a year at an abattoir in Bedford – as a stock controller – until I started work in the Police.
I spent ten years in the police, first on foot patrol in Leighton Buzzard, then patrolling its surrounding villages in a panda car. Finally I joined the Traffic department based at Luton and patrolled the M1 and the roads of South Bedfordshire.
My next ‘career’ involved HGV (heavy goods vehicle) driving. I quickly got a job working for the off licence company Threshers (then Whitbread – their owners). Firstly I worked delivering wine, spirits and cigarettes to their shops, but later moved into night trunking (moving bulk goods to other Whitbread depots at night). It was during this time that I thought that I should do something more challenging with my brain, so I started an Open University History degree. Wanting more time to study I changed employer and worked for about a year driving for Sport Soccer (now SportsDirect). It was less secure, but very well paid.
Having completed by degree I started teaching, qualifying as a teacher through ‘on the job’ training. In my time I have taught History, English, Humanities, Media Studies, Geography, ICT and ended up teaching Classical Studies. Most of my teaching was at boarding schools where I was also a deputy housemaster, then housemaster.
All three of my main careers came with a pension and although taking them early has reduced them somewhat they are sufficient, with some driving work to top them up over the cold months, to live aboard nbMonica.