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What's the best job?

Following on from my other thread about hard work, what's the best job you've had or can recommend?

I used to work in the water industry and years back people used to retire with final salary pensions. Do such things still exist?

I've had to get out of bed at 6am today for another daily grind, what I'd really like is a nice little 9-5 job with relatively little stress but still pays well. Where can I get one of those? I hear some NHS jobs are pretty jammy.

Also, does anyone know much about the OU and if you can do free accredited courses to count towards a final qual so you don't have to spend a few thousand? That's something I might consider in my spare time.
 
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I've had to get out of bed at 6am today for another daily grind, what I'd really like is a nice little 9-5 job with relatively little stress but still pays well. Where can I get one of those? I hear some NHS jobs are pretty jammy.

Also, does anyone know much about the OU and if you can do free accredited courses to count towards a final qual so you don't have to spend a few thousand? That's something I might consider in my spare time.

That boat has long since sailed...

 
I'll guess anything Civil Service for something benign. The Ministry of Paperclips and Swivel chairs perhaps?

It may be worth quantifying the 'pays well' criteria. For some of our poor Northern posters, £10ph is hitting the big time.
 
Following on from my other thread about hard work, what's the best job you've had or can recommend?

I used to work in the water industry and years back people used to retire with final salary pensions. Do such things still exist?

I've had to get out of bed at 6am today for another daily grind, what I'd really like is a nice little 9-5 job with relatively little stress but still pays well. Where can I get one of those? I hear some NHS jobs are pretty jammy.

Also, does anyone know much about the OU and if you can do free accredited courses to count towards a final qual so you don't have to spend a few thousand? That's something I might consider in my spare time.

Dunno about that one, most of the high paying jobs come attached with a lot of responsibility and corresponding stress/pressures.

Re final salary schemes, don't think they exist for new members but there are a lot of folk working in the public sector where they might be offered the chance to go back onto their original final salary scheme.
 

Diogenes' limp

Old-Salt
Just a thought, but 'gravel bed raker in a sewage works' has much to commend it.

It satisfies the notion that it is always best to start from the bottom.
If you make a cock up, you're already in the sh1t anyway.
It's one of the fundamental service industries' so job security is ass-ured.
The paper work has all been done for you.
The hours suit because it is a form of shift work.

And, I can absolutely guarantee it is a sure fire way to amuse yourself at pretentious cocktail parties.
 
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chimera

LE
Moderator
Just a thought, but 'gravel bed raker in a sewage works' has much to commend it.

It satisfies the notion that it is always best to start from the bottom.
If you make a cock up, you're already in the sh1t anyway.
It's one of the 'eternal service industries' so job security is ass-ured.
The paper work has all been done for you.
The hours suit because it is a form of shift work.

And, I can absolutely guarantee it is a sure fire way to amuse yourself at pretentious cocktail parties.

Probably stops you biting your nails as well.
 
The Stop- go man, at road works, all that is needed is a twist of the wrist, and a good stout pair of boots.

A BAME & LGBT diversity outreach consultant in a big multi national office complex, walk about all day with a clip board, stop, nod, mumble something incomprehensibly, , tick a few boxes, back to office, coffee on, feet up, job jobbed.

Low level civil service functionary, in Whitehall, answerable to no one in particular, you will be able to get lost in the complex of departments, and the in fighting and political intrigue that permeates that august body of public servants.

Postings clerk, at the Royal hospital Chelsea.
 
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Following on from my other thread about hard work, what's the best job you've had or can recommend?

I used to work in the water industry and years back people used to retire with final salary pensions. Do such things still exist?

I've had to get out of bed at 6am today for another daily grind, what I'd really like is a nice little 9-5 job with relatively little stress but still pays well. Where can I get one of those? I hear some NHS jobs are pretty jammy.

Also, does anyone know much about the OU and if you can do free accredited courses to count towards a final qual so you don't have to spend a few thousand? That's something I might consider in my spare time.
A group of guys that I used to hang out with back in the day were an eclectic bunch who had been mates from schooldays and whilst choosing different career paths remained good friends for years. They are all facing retirement in the next few years.

One of the guys is a solicitor, a good solid practice that earned him a good crust and high levels of respect in the community, but he wasn't great on the financial side of things, preferring legal aid work among the criminal fraternity and a poorly handled divorce cleaned out most of whatever pension and property he had accumulated over his career.

Another had a bar/restaurant, a good earner over the years but declining as fashions change and probably now finished off by CV-19.

One more was a property speculator, made bloody serious money over the years, then pretty much wiped out once by the 2008 crash and now facing ruin as CV-19 takes the rest.

Then there was the quietest of them, a decent solid bloke, worked for the water board all his adult life, his wife worked in NHS management. During the heydays back in the 90s and 00s, he would have been the first to admit his life seemed a little dull by comparison with his mates, but he was happy to put the hours in and no one ever held it against him for his less-than stellar career choice.

He just mentioned last year that he and his wife are now on the point of retiring, their civil service pension schemes are being bought over by the private sector (not sure I follow what that's about, others can explain). Between the two of them they have pension pot worth north of 1 million quid, you could have heard a pin drop around the bar table as jaws fell into pints when he made that little revelation.
 
Dole Claimant.

You can do what you want, when you want and with whom you want. No stress. You can go for your entry level and work up through various specialist qualifications, increasing your income as you go.
 

Dwarf

LE
I'd say Gigolo, that's nine at night till five in the morning. Helps to have good conversation.
 

RBMK

War Hero
DaManBugs has had several excellent jobs including:

Picture restorer
University lecturer
Electrician
Author
Maker of double glazing units
Drug dealer

You can tell how successful he has been because he retired some years ago to a mansion in the desirable area of Hyson Green.
 
A BAME & LGBT diversity outreach consultant in a big multi national office complex, walk about all day with a clip board, stop, nod, mumble something incomprehensibly, , tick a few boxes, back to office, coffee on, feet up, job jobbed.

The ideal job for a BNP member. Get the white employees so bitter and twisted that they vote or even join the party.
A few years ago, there was a big furore in Middlesboro, when a new chemical plant was being built. How many local people did they use for this project?
Nil.. Nada. Zilch.
They brought in workers from Spain and Italy to do it, because they reckoned "the local workers were not trained". The fact that nobody has ever heard of, or been on a training course was lost on them. There was a protest, "British jobs for British workers."
One counter protester* was heard saying, "You're all scum! You should be in the BNP!"

* Was he really a counter-protester, or a Teeside BNP activist?
 
I'd say Gigolo, that's nine at night till five in the morning. Helps to have good conversation.
Given the average age of ARRSErs I would suggest that it is nine at night till five past.
 

RedDinger

Clanker
DaManBugs has had several excellent jobs including:

Picture restorer
University lecturer
Electrician
Author
Maker of double glazing units
Drug dealer

You can tell how successful he has been because he retired some years ago to a mansion in the desirable area of Hyson Green.
Hyson Green went upmarket when they replaced the flats with an Asda. Gentrification I believe they call it.
 

Yokel

LE
Serious answer - do you have any hobbies? Do you do anything that other people might be willing to pay for - perhaps sing or play a musical instrument, make things from wood or something else, write creatively? If so, why not try seeing if you can sell that, in your spare time, just to see if there is a market, and build things up if it goes well?

Instead of education, could you provide training for small companies and other groups?
 
Department of Work and Pensions is expecting to hire a shedload of new Work Coaches to deal with the massive uptick in unemployment expected when furlough ends.
There'll be a lot of diversity, inclusivity, equity and LGBTWXYZ etc to swallow though.
 
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