Listography: My 5 worst jobs

by admin on October 1, 2011

There’s a new listography at Kate Takes 5. Coincidentally, I was going to do a post on my worst ever job. I think it’s incredible how many people in the UK refuse to do certain jobs, even if they are unemployed. If only I’d ever had that luxury, but then again I never wanted to go on benefits.

I have had a lot of jobs in my lifetime, many of them have been really crap and plenty I can’t even remember. I thought this listography would be fun to do.

1. Sara Lee Cake factory, Swindon

When I was in my late teens, my mother made me go out and get work over the summer holidays (how mean was she). I lived near Swindon (the worst place on earth). There was a recession going on and it was hard to find any work. I was in a catch 22 situation, I needed experience to get work, but I didn’t to work to get experience. So I ended up in my worst job ever. Working in a cake factory.

I had to wear a white overcoat, hairnet and plastic over my shoes. I had to start at 7am (I have never and will never be an early riser). The room I was in was huge, with vats of cream the size of houses and different conveyor belts doing something different in the cake-making process, which resulted in thousands of huge, creamy gateaux (I’m almost retching as I write this). The first job I had was to watch as a cake was cut in half by a machine, to check it was working okay. Oh my god, it was b-o-r-i-n-g!

The best bit was when the cream machine kept putting cream in the wrong place on the gateaux. This meant not one single cake could be sent out to the stores. The job I had (along with a few others) was to put the fruit on the cake, so we ended up chucking the fruit at the cakes to see if we could destroy them.

I worked there for 3 weeks, it felt like 3 years. Some people do it their whole life. I have never been able to eat cream since.

2. Waitress for a Mexican restaurant in Paris

I went for a day’s trial for this job. They had cockroaches running around the kitchen and I never went back. I’m too clumsy to be a waitress anyway and I don’t like being nice to people if they are rude.

3. Internet start-up, London

The company were Dutch, they promised the earth, but delivered nothing. Instead of doing marketing as my title of Marketing Manager suggested I’d be doing, I was told I had to do sales – and sell in a concept, which hadn’t actually been created, to major league companies like Asda, Sainsburys and Dixons. Firstly, I hate sales and secondly, they wanted these companies to stump up a whopping $1,000,000 for the concept. Every Monday morning, I found myself in front of the MD (in the corridor as he didn’t have an office) asking why I hadn’t done any sales. The company closed down.

4. Admin for a finance company, London

I had a couple of days work with this company and took my CV in on a disk to work on it in the office, unfortunately I infected my computer and the rest of the office computers, because unknown to me it had a virus. Needless to say, I wasn’t invited back again.

5. Huge publishing company in London (that shall remain nameless)

I will keep this one short. It was a very high pressured role and I was badly bullied by my (male) boss. He was so horrible to me and I cried every night when I got home. I finally quit after 18 months of hell but was a wreck by the time I left as he had destroyed my self-confidence. I wish I’d done something about it, but I never did.

What are your worst jobs?




Kate Takes 5 October 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm

So glad I never had to deal with a bullying boss. Or a factory for that matter! Thanks for joining in and being no. 1!

admin October 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm

It was a fun one – thanks.

Rebecca October 1, 2011 at 8:12 pm

I’m really glad I worked in a factory now – it made me realise how tough jobs can be and how lucky I am not to do that all the time. Every job since has been a breeze compared to that!

admin October 3, 2011 at 2:23 pm

It definitely made me realise what I NEVER wanted to do again!

mum of all trades October 1, 2011 at 9:37 pm

the factory ones are on mine too! like you I’m so glad they were only summer jobs

admin October 3, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Oh yes, I saw the garlic butter stufferer!

QWERTY Mum October 3, 2011 at 11:54 am

Stories like this make me even more glad I’m a stay at home mum!

admin October 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm

I haven’t had much luck, however I have had a couple of fantastic jobs.

Love In The Nest October 3, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Yikes, sounds like you had some real honkers! Glad to be out I bet :)

admin October 5, 2011 at 3:02 am

I’ve made a few bad choices in my time! I’m not working at the moment, but I still wish I was doing something.

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