My interviewers politely smiled and made noises about my ‘varied and unusual’ career but I could see them mentally marking me down as someone with no staying power. I didn't get the job.
|It's not a good sign when the interview panel start on lunch whilst you are still talking.|
‘Varied and unusual’ careers, but staying power?
You bet. They had staying power in the thing which mattered most. Writing.
And I know an awful lot of other really GREAT writers, who for whatever reason have not yet been picked up by a publisher and shown the world their amazing talents. These are the people with real staying power. So let’s hear it for the unpublished.
“You only fail if you stop writing.”
And in case you’re interested, here is my own impressive alphabetical list of jobs … admin officer, baker, barmaid, book writer, canteen assistant, child minder, cleaner, clerk, cook, copy writer, dog walker, editor, elephant tamer, fairy, group leader, hypnotherapist, illusionist, jelly wrestler, kitchen porter, liar, llama’s back end, mother, nanny, opener of doors, picker, pill packer, queen, rocket scientist, sock packer, teacher, umbrella stand, volunteer, waitress, warehouse person, writer, xylophonist, yodeller and zebra.*
*Some of these are made up*
What has been your most unusual job?