Growing Up into the World of Work

You've got to have the confidence. I mean ... I went to see the careers officer, and the careers officer sat there and said "What do you want to do?" I said "I want to be a singer ...," "Oh be realistic and grow up. All you can do is work in an office. You can be an office clerk and that's it," and so that's what I trained for, but last year I actually had my first professional booking and I got paid £60.00 for three minutes work you know.

I wanted to be a teacher. I was told I couldn't be a teacher because I couldn't stand up all day in front of a class. Then I talked about being a receptionist, things like that. I couldn't do that because of typing on the keypads all day would make my fingers flare up. Everything you came up with, basically, an obstacle was put in front of you.

Yes. I always put "in remission," I always put I haven't had any problems for years. If I'd put I was in a wheelchair, they wouldn't have given me the interview.

I mean I was basically looking at jobs, and I was talking to my parents about it, and they were thinking, you can't do this because you can't stand up too long, you can't stand up too long because your back'll start hurting or your legs'll start flaring up, and in the end I just totally defied it. I mean I went to hairdressing college. I'm a fully qualified hairdresser now.

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