GO HIGHER: TALKING HEADS
Sunday 07 November 1999
"I had done bar work and some factory work for Sharwood's - on the production line of their curry sauces - during my time at university because I needed to get some more money. I'd taken out all the student loans and had a little money from my parents, but it wasn't enough to cover all my costs.
"After I finished my exams, I joined Manpower. They arranged an interview for me at Natwest Bank's share dealing service. I was offered a job, starting four days after graduating. There's a 50/50 split in the people here: half are graduates in the same position as me, half have been here for years.
"It is a temping job, but I have been offered the chance to make it permanent soon. The pay is low, around pounds 14,500, but they provide vouchers for lunch and so on. Thebenefits for a temp are poor - lack of holiday time, sick pay, that sort of thing. But at least it pays!
"I have been doing this for nearly six months. I had only intended to do the job for six months to tide me over while I sorted myself out, but I might stay on. I would love to do something more creative - this job is all about facts and figures. I will probably start looking in the new year through meeting people and trying to make contacts which seems the best way of getting your foot in the door."
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