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so uncouth but our usual rules of etiquette can be thrown out for this thread
dad used to be a teacher now a researcher
List all their jobs they ever had unless they're job for life
But uncouth though
should have said. Too late now.
Give me a second chance
Formerly Honeywells factory worker and dunno, respectively.
Was a cps barrister. Now a mental health judge
Dad was a vat inspector. then a potter, load of temp driving jobs (potting doesn't earn much), worked at school for naughty kids, now a care worker for adults with severe autism
not sure what he did until he was 18 -> floorlayer/joinery apprentice -> entry level electrical engineer/machinery maintenance -> nhs maintenance man
cleaner -> hairdressing assistant -> barmaid -> receptionist -> typist -> child social services admin assistant -> child social services admin co-supervisor -> adult services admin co-supervisor
both had long periods of unemployment
mam currently unemployed
drew the plans for city planners for a bit -> had kids and became a dinner lady when they were all of school age -> retired
just general fixed things and people were like 'wow he's good at that' so worked his way up to being a supervisor at an engineering firm
as far as i know, she was a cleaner, cook and barmaid her whole life. sometimes two at once, sometimes all three. might have done some other stuff before she had kids but she was a cleaner, cook and barmaid when my aunties were born.
biological grandad (who we don't acknowledge because he ran away when my mam turned three, also dead)
either a builder or like a joiner who climbed up high on scaffolding (he jumped off one in the end)
step-grandad aka grandad
bog-standard engineer -> army plane engineer -> shipyard crane maintenance -> bog-standard engineer
granda, nanna and grandad are all retired now too
should have mentioned that
nanna's mam was a full-time mam to nine kids or something who killed animals with bare hands for food on the side
dhss Nazi (benefits agent)
I think my dads parents owned a car scrapyard, so he might have worked in that, don't really know though
My mam is a 'family worker', she's like the first point of contact for troubled families, who she then refers to social services or what have you. She used to be a careers advisor, but they don't exist anymore.
My dad works in the press office at the council. He does things like write press releases about what the council are doing, and is a point of contact for press enquiries.
Pretty much archetypal north east lower middle class. I'll undoubtedly end up doing something similar when I leave uni.
and in between being a careers advisor and doing her current job she worked for Connexions.
My dad, weirdly enough, used to write an entire magazine (one of those weird 80s magazines where the pages felt like newspaper) about cycling. He was the 'editor', but by default, as the only people at the magazine were him and the graphic designer. He used to write mainly under pseudonyms so it looked like there were a lot of staff. He didn't found the magazine, just fell into it by sending in an article on a whim- started working for them properly, eventually pretty much all the staff left or were made redundant and he was the only one left. It was awful apparently, got paid pretty much nothing, the magazine circulation was tiny and when my mam became pregnant he had to give it up and find a proper job (the magazine folded when he left).
Typist? At Rolls Royce or Morris Minor Coventry (can't remember which)
-> care assistant at an old peoples home
-> healthcare assistant nhs mental health
-> worked on a building site
-> worked for a union? Managed? Not sure
-> psychology lecturer
-> dessert rat army man
-> social worker Cornwall/London/Cornwall
-> security guard
Security guard was after retiring
Mum was a primary school teacher
English teacher at a boarding school > Short Lived Video Rental Business Owner > KUMON Instructor > Taxi Driver > Teacher at a school for sexually abusive kids > Homeless Shelter Manager (or something like that)
Primary school teacher > Teacher to expelled kids out of school > Counsellor
that's it I think.
just fucks about on his boat all the time
mum still does bits of counselling
they are alright!
they met when they were both volunteering at the Samaritans on the phones (i think) - good eggs really
My mum works in HR at a hospice
mum worked in a printing factory / school receptionist / school finance manager / general admin
Carpet fitter > Town Planner > retired
Legal secretary for the local council > adult literacy tutor and teacher at a special needs school > occupational therapist > OT/social worker > retired
Nan (P) > cook and cleaner in an old people's home
Grandad (P) > worked in a bottle factory
Nan (M) > cook in a pub restaurant
Grandad (M) > security guard
Mum was a legal secretary.
Can picture you being tucked in at night with the words "Never admit to anything, never accept liability, never apologise."
Mater - Office clerk, Sewing Machinist, Auxiliary Nurse, Civil Servant, Retired.
Administrator for a contemporary music festival > MA & Phd student > Academic Researcher on various projects
Cathedral Organist > Assistant Director of Music at a posh school / Church Organist
Without ever consciously thinking about it I've sort of followed in my Mum's footsteps with my own working life (arts admin: fundraiser for an orchestra) which is pretty cool.
mum: very working class job.
dad: even more working class job.
nan: worked in all of the mines.
grandad: waited on the miners.
(Good to see that your grandparents rejected traditional gender roles though)
Gran ->Mum. Not sure what else
Other side of the family I have no idea.
Great gran -> smuggler, IRA
Me Da's in the SAS he'll take yous out I swear if you gimme lip
secondary school english teacher
part time piano teacher & benefit claimer
My grandad was a prison guard, at one time chief guard at Dartmoor Prison were my mum grew up and then Governor of a couple of Irish Prisons in the 80's.
Just remembered this.
He's ex navy, drove taxis, was a pasterer and then somehow became art colector/ businessman/ part time lawyer. As to what he does now- he's 75 and goes out 'to work' each day but I think he just hangs around in his favourite haunts talking to other 'businessmen'.
My mu trained to be a techaer but a man 15 years older (yeah him up there ^) got her up the stick. So she was full time mum til I was about 9 then she started a crockery shop for posh ladies as a hobby. Then she went back to tecahing when she realised there aren't many posh ladies who like Le Creuset in Greenock, went back to teaching. did dead well and ended up a depute head. Retired recently and works trainign the judges who sit on the Childrens Panels in scotlad (like juvi court, but more social work driven rather than VENGEANCE/ justice.)
Grandfather one - something like a broker for a tobacco firm, like arranged the buying or something, went out to the tobacco farms a lot
Grandmother one - fuck all as far as i'm aware
Grandfather two - Policeman
Grandmother two - dunno
Mum - Trained people on Computers.
Dad - Rugby Player. Started a Computer Company, sold it. Moved to the Bahamas, started a Scuba Dive shop, got married, sold it. Moved to the states started a coffee shop, sold it. Went back into computers, still works as a systems manager at one in CA.
Grandfather: No idea, but when he semi retired he trained in dragon boating
Grandmother: No idea, but was an incredible artist.
Nan: Not actually sure, she struggled to get work at first due to being from Germany in post-war Britain, despite having been in a camp, and clearly not a nazi. Was a talented musician though.
dad - Beeb
mum - social worker
nana - housewife
granddad - footballer
granny - teacher (?)
grandpa - professor (non-fridge)
mum: nurse for 39 years. went part time when she had us and worked for £10 a week just so she could keep her job (back in the days when women had completely shit maternity rights. had to go to an employment tribunal just to be allowed to job share, in the bloody nhs. also did this while studying for a degree which she had to pay for herself). just retired.
dad: welfare rights officer, solicitor in a law centre then managed a law centre. now works for the council and will retire as soon as he can but his pension's crap cause he spent so much of his career in the voluntary sector. stood for parliament and was gonna take another safer seat but wanted to stay doing his job/ be a dad.
dad's dad (deceased): soldier then sailor then farm labourer then worked in a shoe factory
dad's mum (deceased): mum, worked out on the farms too, sometimes in factories then was a home help.
mum's mum (deceased): had my mum when she was a teenager. worked in the co-op later in life.
mum's dad (deceased): i think he was an electrician or something. never met him or my dad's parents.
when we were short of cash
Tank transporter driver
till we were all about 14, then she went back got her highers, then got into glasgow art school, now she's a jeweller/silversmith
Pa, general trade stuff - plumbing, steel works, delivery driver etc
Ma, various office jobs
They're too busy being filthy bloody hippies to be concerned with it all really.
Impossible to live up to.
Dad = Doctor
Mum = Nurse
Dad's Dad = telecoms engineer. Ran those long telephone cable across seas and stuff. Pretty cool
Dads Mum = Housemaker all her life I think
Mum's Dad = aerospace engineer. Designed planes and tested them across the world.
Mum's Mum = When younger she worked in the city as a bank clerk and stuff. Then did some work doing careers advice. Then was housemaker and did wedding cake making and teaching.
Dad, civil servant engineer designed bridges and stuff. Mum mainly department stores, tendency just to walk out of jobs with no notice
granddad (mums side) - rigger (aircraft fitter)
step granddad (mums side) - sapper
both brought it during WWII
their whole working lives
got a job straight out of school as some kind of computer programming assistant at a major building society. 25 years later he was Executive Director of IT. As in, the geezer ultimately responsible for all IT stuff, reporting into the Chief Exec. That sort of level. Retired at 50 on a final salary pension.
Mum was a clerk typist then a full time carer for a child needing round the clock care and then a housewife. Was going to go back to full time work but became disabled and was unable to.
Mutti- District Nurse
Mum - colposcopist
Grandad - Military
- Lorry Driver
- Pit worker
but with badgers. Mostly worked the rural scene but the whole bovine TB thing meant the work just dried up and the badgers just couldn't acclimatize to the city gigs, so they packed it all in
(not the general secretary unfortunately)
Dad's got a single GCSE (or GCE as it was back in his day). My mum's got a MA in English and French Lit. Bit of a mix.
Mum - nurse, then retired
the guy who I have no memory of who is my biological father - BBC camera operator
First ever part-timer (coz she was looking after me too) to be a senior probation officer. Am still proud of that.
Dad goes out to farms to check their grain and see if they can be sold to mills and stuff. He failed his eleven plus because of dyslexia (he's amazing at numbers but back then no one was prepared to investigate why he was bad with words) and went straight into that trade from then onwards.
is the people whose parents had really middle class jobs trying to make them sound less middle class
Only one person here comes of as trying to sound superior.
Funny old world.
srsly though: smug and nasty comment deserves similar reply tbh.
jeeez. Should've put a safety wink.
Fair enough if it was a joke I guess? But... just came off as being aggressive.
and you've always seemed generally sound, so disregard my griping.)
It was meant to sound endearingly cynical
i literally have the nickname 'rizla skin' on here. No apology necessary, just missed the joke :)
my old man was a civil servant for the Conservatives, forty years man and boy. hardest game in the world!
there were rough days, like when thousands of miners got laid off and my dad had to take care of the paper work. backbreaking work, it was, those office chairs had terrible lumbar support.
and my mum, well she was just an Avon lady: regional director for the Midlands market. just doing what she could to make ends meet and deliver on quarterly targets to appease the shareholders.
it was all worth it in the end, though, and they scrimped and saved until one day, they could say they owned their own second home in the Languedoc Roussillon wine region of France. a little something for us kids, y'know?
social work/teaching is rife across my family. most of them moan about it but all of them do it :D
my mum didn't ever get (go for) promotion as she wanted to always be at the front line. V proud of her for that.
my sister just got social worker of the year for torbay area...but she's a massive cunt, so I reckon it was fixed!
...ice cream man, postman, removals, painter and decorator, bank boy etc
never managed to hold a job down for more than 6 months
granny (m) waf, typist, secretary.
poppa (d) semi professional slide guitarist. was one of the first in uk to play hawaiin slide guitar.
nanna (d) worked in wool shop. other than being over 6ft and getting incredible feedback from her hearing aid, my knowledge is quite sketchy
Pa- Algerian Army Cadet->Waiter->Chef->Restaurant Owner
Ma- Recording Studio Receptionist->Jewellery Shop Manager->MUM->Cleaner/Dinner Lady->Special Educational Needs Assistant
Ma's Pa- Polish Army Solider->Prisoner in Nazi Camp in Germany->Lancashire Miner->Factory Worker (his Pa was a policeman near the German/Polish border)
Ma's Ma- Polish Resistance Member->Prisoner in Nazi Camp in Holland->McVities Factory Worker (her Pa was a manager at the Bank of Poland and died in a Siberian gulag; her Ma was part of the Polish aristocracy)
Pa's Pa- Saharan Nomad->Docker
Pa's Ma- Mother of 13 children.
Dad - farmer
Ma: tills in Asda
what sort of shit did your dad play? please say northern soul
My dad was a lecturer at Bournemouth University for about 25 years - product design, electronic engineering, a bit of business management; also used to run the partnership programmes with affiliated colleges. Before that he worked for a defence systems company but left because of the Cold War (nuclear survival training was the last straw for him).
My mum mainly brought us up. But when she went back to work she was a home care assistant - used to cycle round the local villages taking care of the many old folk. There was a proper "community in shock" thing when she died :(
My Pa's dad was a Engineer at Heathrow.
engineers and special needs teachers in the world. Kind of interesting, really...