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Same here. I was so devastated that I blew all my O levels, and left with nothing, except contempt despite my extra years 'education'.

 

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You done alright going to the university of life Fly

 

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I tried night school for O levels, and a couple of other things, but other than taking my ONC in Business Studies at Clarendon, I gave up.

With starting work, I wanted to be out enjoying myself.

Qualifications aren't all they're cracked up to be. I know people with pockets full of O's and A's, and are virtually unemployable.

A friend of mine in the 60's was almost a professional student, amassing a ridiculous amount of qualifications, and never had a proper job till he was over 30, and ended up working at the British Railways Goods Depot in the warehouse. 

A girl in my class was outstanding, and by 20, had amassed 12 O's and 5 A's. Three years later, she was living up Bestwood Park, with three toddlers around her ankles !

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Yes Rog, the Uni of life & hard knocks. Wouldn't have missed it for the world, and would still do the same today. 

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Same here Fly,school of hard knocks and disappointments, set me up for life,could have done without the education bit between the ages of five to sixteen though

 

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Waiter, one day was enough. Caravan site at Ingoldmells, three weeks. Trainee accountant, two years, Research & Development Accounts, two years. Installing telephone equipment, two years. Production Clerk, 1 year. Mr Softee Ice Cream salesman, 7 months. Labourer at Nottingham Patent Brick, 4 months. Testing Electronic Telephone Exchange Equipment, 15 years. Fibre Optic Equipment testing for BT and Mercury, 12 years. Telephone refurbishment, few months. Fork lift truck driver, plastic moulding operator, van driver, 5 years.

Communications Stores, 2 years, asst transport manager 3 years. 

Thats about it. 49 years and loved most of it. Hard work will always be rewarded, and most gave me great job satisfaction. Most were well paid too. 28 years at Plessey were just unbelievably well paid. 

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53 minutes ago, FLY2 said:

I was 'back classed'  at the age of 15. I believe the ruling had sometime previously changed regarding ages for admission to senior school, depending upon ones birthday.  As my birthday is Aug 23rd, I should have been in the year below. Therefore I had to endure another painful, tortuous and wasted year at Forest Fields ! 

 

Same birthday as my husband 76 next birthday. My eldest grandson was kept back a year so is the eldest in his class and now his parents are beginning to worry that once again he will be kept back a year. He doesn't like studying and nothing can encourage him to study. His brother is the opposite he just gets on with it. Mind you I can't blame Steven (the eldest) as they have loads and loads of homework its a wonder they have time to be children and teenagers. Granddaughter is in fairy land. She needs quite a lot of help and easily gets distracted from her studies. Her mum has to keep checking her homework for her.

I agree with the comments about education. One of my nieces studied languages and wanted to go into something using them but couldn't find work so she studied again and became a nurse.She works in the radiology dept at the hospital and often gives lectures and talks about her dept and job. Another niece studied languages including Mandarin Chinese.and ended up working for Damiani jewellery. 

A cousin in Sicily is a lawyer but can't find a job. So in the end you have to live and you take what's on offer and frequently make a good job of your second choice.

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A waiter you say, it was my husbands first job in Nottingham at Trattoria Conte. He loves it because he loves being with people.I used to help when our children were able to be left on their own in the evenings.

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It was at a hotel in Skegness nonna, and I couldn't stand the hot soup burning my thumbs, or mushy peas running down my fingers !

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On 5/14/2019 at 7:12 PM, carni said:

prezzie opening and cake

 

Perfect excuse for you here Carni,get stuck in girl,you know it makes sense

 

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Well the group of ten going out tomorrow to celebrate the four family birthdays has now dwindled to four. I have recovered from the awful virus but family are dropping like flies. Six in the last few days. There is more than one way of looking at this...1, sad because I was looking forward to the get together.:(2, it means going out for dinner again when all have recovered. :biggrin:3, Cheaper on the pocket, because it was going to be our treat. :rolleyes:4, At least it is still on for those of us well enough to go.:yahoo: 

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On leaving education, there were still 'Easter Leavers' when I started in Careers.  It was an option as I recall, depending on date of birth.  Utterly stupid to go through 11 years of education and to do as everybody did then, GCSE courses, only to leave a few weeks before the exams. Obviously if there as a job available it made it a more difficult decision, but I'd have thought a decent employer would wait a few weeks.

 

Then I'd get parents calling me up saying little Johnny had been offered a job but was officially in school till whenever.  Could he leave and take the job?  I had to answer that he couldn't leave school legally until his official date, so anyone employing him would be breaking the law, and most likely uninsured.  I couldn't give any other advice, I didn't make the law.

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I said on here before I'm glad I did Uni but the driving force that set me on the that course was to make me Mam proud. Was it worth it? hmmm ask me another..

I had no real idea what I wanted to do with my life and still can't decide what to do when I grow up. I went down the Uni route, a good friend went down the pit (Clifton). I was scraping by on £3 a week, he was on £54, I was on a cycle he had a Triumph... At the end of the day when we meet we're just two little old men on a park bench. Was it all worth it? You tell me...

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We all take different paths through life Brew and only you can answer your question,as for me I have grafted all my working life,heavy,dirty work but fairly well paid,my health suffers through it now though,would I change anything? you bet I wouldn't it's been a cracking ride,loved every minute

 

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It's a hard one, but although I was pretty much forced into uni in my 30s as the only realistic way to repair my own past mistakes, I've never regretted going.  It led me to almost 30 years in a job I loved and where I think I may have done some good.  It also gave our kids a practical demonstration of the value of education when they were small.  Both followed in our footsteps and are now doing well.

 

There's a definite 'pragmatic' side to getting the highest qualifications you can if it helps in your working life, but there's also something satisfying in  seeing if you can do it.  So, although there are plenty of people brighter than me, both graduates and non graduates, I always feel pretty comfortable in any company.

 

And of course I studied politics, which means I'm always right on the 'Anything Political' thread...  :rolleyes:

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6 minutes ago, DJ360 said:

And of course I studied politics, which means I'm always right on the 'Anything Political' thread.

 

bowdown  of course Col  ...............    pieinface

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I was 'up-classed' at Primary School ( I wasn't the only one!) so had 2 years in the top class.   

With the mixed age classes we have in our local primary school here, they have a really good system.  

A few kids, (age 6 - 7) who are thought to be academically able  and emotionally mature  are often put in the next year's class (age 7 - 8) although they still go with their own age group at lunch and playtime.  The next year, nearly every class is made up of  roughly equal numbers of 2 different age groups  until they leave at 11 years old.     As far as I know, no-one is 'back-classed' and it's a happy school with dedicated teachers and teaching assistants...

 

 

 

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Not been out for two days,,not even had me socks on......been giving 'Air' to me ingrowing toe nail,,,,(made no difference) anyway got out today for Hospital check-up at Derby Royal,,, sad but made it a bit of a family outing.........Son took me and the wife.......check up went well all ok,,  Consultant gave me the 'once over' said everything looks ok,,, any Questions ?..........asked him ''can you sort me ingrowing toe nail out ?...........he laughed and said NO,,, you'd think these top Consultants could sort a 'toe nail' out wunt ya'................lol

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9 minutes ago, MargieH said:

I was 'up-classed' at Primary School

 

They didn't call it that as far as I can remember. At my school in Sneinton there were  the infants and juniors which were divided by a tennis court type fence down the middle of the playground. I was precocious and could read quite well so every day a teacher escorted me through the little gate to the 'big lads school' I hated it and was glad when they saw I was unhappy and let stay with my own age group.

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Brew, I know it wasn't called that - it's just what happened.  As I said, I wasn't the only one to go up a class, so I didn't feel alone.   I was always happy at school and we didn't think anything about it at the time...

 

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Billy Paul syndrome today..elections and all.

Set a wollemia pine.

Mainlining Battenberg..need some ket..tatered.

 

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Of to exercise my compulsory democratic right today and possibly partake of a "democracy sausage" if it is around lunchtime.

Do community groups hold sausage sizzles at polling stations in the UK?

It is going to be a sunny 23 deg today, not bad day for late autumn and thankfully a little more rain tomorrow. 

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I've never heard of them Otz...

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16 hours ago, FLY2 said:

It was at a hotel in Skegness nonna, and I couldn't stand the hot soup burning my thumbs, or mushy peas running down my fingers !

 

I agree Fly , not very amusing. My daughter was assistant chef to my husband at our restaurant in Radcliffe and one busy evening had to take a couple of prawn cocktails ( they're old fashioned now but still nice) to a table and halfway there they started to wobble and in her panic they splattered to the floor. She's very shy and it was the last thing she wanted to do was to go into a dining room full of people. Even now in her own restaurant if anyone wants to see or speak to her she won't go into the dining room they have to go to the kitchen. But the shyness disappears when she has to keep her staff under control.

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15 hours ago, Brew said:

I said on here before I'm glad I did Uni but the driving force that set me on the that course was to make me Mam proud. Was it worth it? hmmm ask me another..

I had no real idea what I wanted to do with my life and still can't decide what to do when I grow up. I went down the Uni route, a good friend went down the pit (Clifton). I was scraping by on £3 a week, he was on £54, I was on a cycle he had a Triumph... At the end of the day when we meet we're just two little old men on a park bench. Was it all worth it? You tell me...

 

But Brew have you had and are you having a good life, are you healthy? Money isn't everything although ......I only had a small wage but I got by. I didn't really know what I wanted to do so my mum got me into hairdressing. Ok I enjoyed it but wasn't ambitious enough to go through what a lot of others went through. I failed my City & Guilds through science . Hygiene and english were the other 2 theory subjects. Practical I passed with flying colours and that to me was the most important.

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