My First Job: A Travel Agency Dogsbody
This is the third of our My First Job blog series, where we ask Sirenumates, partners, and customers to reminisce about their first paying job. For more information, see our introduction to the series here.
My first job was a summer job at the end of my first year at University, way back in 1985. I was a general dogsbody at my brother-in-law’s company, a tour operator that sold flights and package holidays to Sicily and Sardinia. First of all, to answer your question: yes, dogsbody is a word–it’s kind of like a gofer in American English…an errand boy if you will.
Anyhow, it was a small office in Victoria, London, and I had to take a one hour train from Brighton every day. I made the tea whenever someone wanted tea, and ran off to do errands for the staff too, from picking up dry cleaning to doing the lunch round. I also wrote out the flight tickets by hand and sent them to customers. I was only paid £2 per hour, but I loved this job, and loved the staff, who were really nice to me. Within a couple of weeks, I was answering the phone and booking holidays for customers.