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What's the best job?

Pteranadon

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Book Reviewer
Until Covid I had the best job for me - historian, tour guide; no retirement age, its what I would do even if I had all the money I needed. Sadly there are no more tourists or battlefield studies for a while. No furlough scheme for the self employed and years of minimising profits for tax purposes mean not much back from the HMRC.

So time for a job... I thought I would get in ahead of the rush of hundreds of thousands after the end of furlough schemes. There are stories of thousands of applicants for any place. Not many people want to hire someone in their sixties.

I thought I'd try something relevant for touring and saw an advert on the back of a bus. I already had a provisional PCV licence as I had been thinking about getting a licence to legalise what many of tour guides do on technicality untested in a French court. Following a telephone interview and a medical I had a job as a trainee with a London bus company starting on 19th July. Training was a couple of weeks of theory for the theory paper, CPC 4 show and tell, the City and Guild needed to drive for Transport For London. It took ten driving days on double deck buses and two tests to get the PCV licence. I have been driving a London bus for the last month. Pay as a trainee is 27.5k - UK median income. My inbox is full of emails from recruitment companies offering work @ £35-40k for a qualified driver with at least six months experience. That is what my bright daughter earns as a consultant for a swanky but crap management consultancy

The company I work for is owned by a foreign government. It is unionised and still offers a final salary pension scheme. It takes less than half an hour for me to get to work. There are some early mornings and late nights but nothing new to anyone ex services.

Things to get you sacked are poor punctuality, alcohol or a poor accident record. If you drive a private car you need to worry about accidents that were not your fault. Professional drivers are accountable for accidents that could have been avoided. i.e. you are responsible for other people's idiocy. It has been a long time since I had to learn new physical skills, but fun to learn bombing along the M25 on day two on the bus was red run-ish. It is hard work concentrating for up to nine hours driving in London. Every day is like one of these computer games where you concentrate on the next threat - except that in computer games you win by killing things while driving is about avoiding killing the suicidal cyclist or eliminating the twats on electric scooters that assume that because they are not covered by the law it does not matter which side of the road they use.

The other bus drivers have been great and very helpful to a new driver. Maybe if you are trapped in the cab all day there is an incentive to be sociable when you have a chance to talk. The other drivers are a very diverse bunch. Driving London's busses does not seem to be a job that attracts young white working class Brits. There is an old guard of old white chaps, but most of the younger drivers are Asian, black or Europeans.

If someone is looking for a covid bolt hole there is a lot to be said for going on the buses.
 
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morsk

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Being in the Army. Get a kings ransom for having a laugh with my mates, playing with very cool toys and being home to pick my boy up from school most Fridays, and, I don;t have to deal with civvies dripping on about stuff. Love it. Best job in the world.
 

Dark_Nit

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Book Reviewer
I think best job is the one that gives you motivation, satisfaction and fulfill all your basic and esteem needs.. according to McClleland need theory there are needs that must be fulfilled so in order to keep yourself satisfied fulfilling your demands is necessory.. i was working on torrent-mac.com and get here!
Spam post.
Please don't engage with the troll
 

Truxx

LE
History.

Though no one told me at the time that there's no future in history...

I'm seriously considering going into a trade, then I could choose my own hours and maybe in a few years try and start a company.

This pretty much sums it up, I work in FE but similar circumstances and feel it's a dead end job.



Dr Karl Gensberg says he is "angry and frustrated" with a series of short-term contracts and a salary that after 10 years had reached £23,000.

Dr Gensberg's decision to become a gas fitter was prompted by a chance conversation with the man who fitted his boiler - who, it emerged, was earning much more than the academic.
If you do nothing else then start a company, or at very least become a registered sole trader.

Then plunder the allowances game, making a big loss in the first couple of years

Then claim it back on tax you paid previously (I think you can go back 5 years)

I set up my business 10 years ago based on what had been my hobby. Now people pay me to do what is essentially, my hobby.
 
If you do nothing else then start a company, or at very least become a registered sole trader.

Then plunder the allowances game, making a big loss in the first couple of years

Then claim it back on tax you paid previously (I think you can go back 5 years)

I set up my business 10 years ago based on what had been my hobby. Now people pay me to do what is essentially, my hobby.
May I ask what your hobby is?

At the moment mine is 'more of the day job' - I get fairly well rewarded for it, but won't be doing this job forever - seeing as I have about 32 years until I retire I fancy starting a hobby, but don't really know where to start. Most things can interest me; that's the problem!
 
If you do nothing else then start a company, or at very least become a registered sole trader.

Then plunder the allowances game, making a big loss in the first couple of years

Then claim it back on tax you paid previously (I think you can go back 5 years)

I set up my business 10 years ago based on what had been my hobby. Now people pay me to do what is essentially, my hobby.

Would you not need a dodgy accountant to get away with that?

I do run a small company part time as a sole trader/social enterprise and I've been going about 4 years. If you claim things as expenses then do you technically own them? I usually claim my petrol and put my car servicing on the company but that's about it. I thought about trying to apply for a grant but you have to pay most of them back and competition is pretty fierce. I'm not sure I'd be able to do the work full time either as I need a guaranteed wage to cover the bills and mortgage. I certainly like the idea of being my own boss though, having someone else telling you what to do sucks and there's always pointless tasks and bureaucracy.

Can you recommend any reading material for this sort of topic?
 
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Truxx

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Would you not need a dodgy accountant to get away with that?

I do run a small company part time as a sole trader/social enterprise and I've been going about 4 years. If you claim things as expenses then do you technically own them? I usually claim my petrol and put my car servicing on the company but that's about it. I thought about trying to apply for a grant but you have to pay most of them back and competition is pretty fierce. I'm not sure I'd be able to do the work full time either as I need a guaranteed wage to cover the bills and mortgage. I certainly like the idea of being my own boss though, having someone else telling you what to do sucks and there's always pointless tasks and bureaucracy.

Can you recommend any reading material for this sort of topic?
100% mobile phone costs
internet costs (if not all then a significant proportion)
Insurance
85% of all car running costs or (I think) 45p a mile. You can claim a higher percentage but you might have to justify it.
1/7th household costs if you have a home office. This assumes 7 rooms in your house.
subscriptions and fees
Printer ink
stationary
Postage

You are not "getting away" with anything. These are HMRCs rules.

bucket loads of others. You dont need an a dodgy accountant, just a good one.

you dont need to work full time but you do need to do a tax return which needs to include income from other sources ( such as pension)

most items you buy and claim for are simply "repairs and renewables" and are yours to enjoy till they break and you have to replace them (at which point you claim them again).
. The exception is for "capital purchases" which you decide to spread over a few years, claiming a p ortion of the total up front cost annually.

as for reading material this seems a decent start

 
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Cruthin1967

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Big public sector organisations is where it’s at. Easy to hide, pretty much impossible to get sacked from, hardly any accountability due to the massive, multilayered organisations.

I’ve done the whole dream job thing, running a world class shotgun factory and it turned out to be serious hard graft and stress.

Massive brownie points when you told people what you did for a living and there were a few perks like posh parties, a nice clothing allowance and the use of a chauffeur driven Bentley from time to time. But the reality was long hours, zero promotion prospects, constant stress and not a massive amount of money in return.

I now work for a very large, very dull public sector organisation as an engineering manager. I‘m on double what I was at the gun factory and I get twice as much holiday. Massive pension, been promoted 3 times in 6 years and well on my way to further greatness.

And the best part is, it’s a piece of piss. All I do is go to meetings and sign bits of paper. By virtue of not having a northern accent and not wearing a rugby league top to work, people seem to think I know what I’m doing.

They occasionally let me fly drones around the place which breaks up the boredom, but most of the time I’m just sat at a desk doing basic line management stuff. Trying to motivate a team, who are already very well motivated due to earning over double the National average and living in a place where you can buy a 3 bedroom house for 60 grand.

My only beef with it is the lefty woke bollox that’s creeping in to every facet of the working day. Briefs about racism and transgenderism and rainbow flags and shit all over the place.

I don’t give a ****. I hate everyone equally, regardless of gender, race, religion or sexual orientation.
Physical penetration testers. (No sniggering at the back.) Getting paid to slip past security, break into buildings etc. Ex-military often welcome, ex-SRR and THEM gold-dust.
 

Yokel

LE
Physical penetration testers. (No sniggering at the back.) Getting paid to slip past security, break into buildings etc. Ex-military often welcome, ex-SRR

How exactly does one get into this? Are there companies to contact?

On a more 'relevant to the OP' note, I too am interested in non conventional forms of working. I did consider trying to form some sort of consultancy (using my degree and work experience), specialist knowledge, and analytical ability. It came to nothing due to things like a lack of contacts and not having (a) partner(s).
 
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100% mobile phone costs
internet costs (if not all then a significant proportion)
Insurance
85% of all car running costs or (I think) 45p a mile. You can claim a higher percentage but you might have to justify it.
1/7th household costs if you have a home office. This assumes 7 rooms in your house.
subscriptions and fees
Printer ink
stationary
Postage

You are not "getting away" with anything. These are HMRCs rules.

bucket loads of others. You dont need an a dodgy accountant, just a good one.

you dont need to work full time but you do need to do a tax return which needs to include income from other sources ( such as pension)

most items you buy and claim for are simply "repairs and renewables" and are yours to enjoy till they break and you have to replace them (at which point you claim them again).
. The exception is for "capital purchases" which you decide to spread over a few years, claiming a p ortion of the total up front cost annually.

as for reading material this seems a decent start


Thanks, I'll PM you as my business is also my hobby.

Maybe we can open a mega brothel?
 
How exactly does one get into this? Are companies to contact?

On a more 'relevant to the OP' note, I too am interested in non conventional forms of working. I did consider trying to form some sort of consultancy (using my degree and work experience), specialist knowledge, and analytical ability. It came to nothing due to things like a lack of contacts and not having (a) partner(s).
If you’ve got knowledge and experience that people need, monetising them is all about your personal marketing. It’s no use looking inwardly.

If you haven’t got contacts, you need to get out there and find them. You have to get yourself out there build a network that is relevant. Planned properly and your network will open up opportunities for work and it will also bring you associates to work with. You really don’t need a partner if all you are doing is selling your self.

LinkedIn is the place to start. It lets you bypass the Rottweilers who guard the decision makers in a business. Ring up a company and ask to speak to the CEO and you’ll probably get blocked by his secretary. Send in a CV and it probably won’t get past HR. Send in a proposal and someone in BD will stop it. But build a connection with the CEO personally and you’re in. Many CEOs are professionally lonely and have time to engage with interesting people precisely because they are guarded by Rottweilers

If you really want to work professionally non-convenientionally, you need to build your personal brand. Demonstrate the knowledge that you want to sell by publishing stuff. Engage in sector specific debate with intelligent comment and make contributions.

It won’t come to you if you sit on your arrse and rely on your existing contact book.
 
Teaching. You've only got to read some threads on here to realise any brain-damaged shirker can do it.

9am - 3pm talking bollocks and handing out the occasional worksheet, more holiday than you can shake a stick at, gold plated pension and now a starting salary of £30k. If you're training in a shortage subject (maths, physics, chemistry and computing from memory) then you're in line for a big tax free golden handshake.

(Some of the above may be bollocks.)
 
Teaching. You've only got to read some threads on here to realise any brain-damaged shirker can do it.

9am - 3pm talking bollocks and handing out the occasional worksheet, more holiday than you can shake a stick at, gold plated pension and now a starting salary of £30k. If you're training in a shortage subject (maths, physics, chemistry and computing from memory) then you're in line for a big tax free golden handshake.

(Some of the above may be bollocks.)

Depends on your establishment.

Admin, lots and lots of meaningless admin. Students everywhere all day, even during your breaks, you can't escape them.

Marking, doing planning in the evenings, doing planning at the weekends whilst your family is around.

Exams and marking.

Awful students who can't behave telling you to fk off.

I'd like to go on but I have a class to teach.
 
Start a Buisness that supplies a serivce to people in their Leasure time.
People with money have more of it ( Leasure time and money).
You can have a CEO who will scalp you to the last quid if it’s his work, but fun time and he won’t skimp.
i found this particularily true when I taught people to fly or shoot.
 
Depends on your establishment.

Admin, lots and lots of meaningless admin. Students everywhere all day, even during your breaks, you can't escape them.

Marking, doing planning in the evenings, doing planning at the weekends whilst your family is around.

Exams and marking.

Awful students who can't behave telling you to fk off.

I'd like to go on but I have a class to teach.
I think you might have missed a bit of sarcasm in my earlier post.
 
I think you might have missed a bit of sarcasm in my earlier post.

I was reading during my 5 second afternoon break.

Incidentally, one of the delicate little flowers attempted to shove me out the way today as I was trying to get him to stay until the end of the lesson by standing in front of the door (I let the well behaved ones go 5 min early). He was having a melt down and calling me all the names under the sun and at one point I thought he was gonna hit me as he was getting very aggressive. All the while I was just standing there calmly with my hand on the doorknob.

He's 16/17 and almost as tall as me, unfortunately I'm not 21 anymore so I'm not sure who would win if it came to fisty cuffs and I'd prolly end up in court. It was an interesting few minutes waiting for security to rock up all the while having him scream 'let me out!'.

The best part was I was the one who had to call his mum afterwards, that's the last thing I wanted to do.

I guess now I can add getting squared up and threatened by a student to the list.
 

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