October 30, 2012

My Working Career

With the chefs when I worked in an Irish Pub in Australia.

With the chefs when I worked in an Irish Pub in Australia.

My own working career has been one of extreme variation, having not just moved cities a lot but also changed employers and job type on many occasions. I have enjoyed almost every job I have had and indeed would site only Red Eventful Cuisine (Red Ineffective) as the only company I wouldn’t work for again. Through working hard and holding multiple jobs and income streams at the same time, I have found it easy to travel the world. I’m also not fussy about what jobs I do. I work everyday. Anyone who doesn’t, is lazy.

free TEFL for china

Teaching English in Hong Kong and loving it! This could be you!!

The lists below show the entire range of companies I’ve worked for, actual places I’ve worked and indeed other jobs whether they were voluntary or working for myself. Plus I’ve put the locations and job titles. I’ve worked in bars, offices, shops, theatres, conference centres, banks, schools, on boats, farms. Though I see myself as only a travel writer (and blogger and tourist), these jobs were also to get money to live a lifestyle of travel and see the world!

working for condor ferries at st malo

Working in St. Malo, France

I have only had about 3 weeks without work since I was 18. My travel timeline here shows my last ten years of work, study, living and travel!

Types of Jobs I’ve had in my working career:

– Public Relations Assistant
– Barman
– Butcher
– Ferry Steward
– Farmer
– Pyrethrum Planter
– Weeder
– Echinacea Harvester
– Banker
– Teacher
– Sales Representative
– Hotel Porter
– Online Travel Expert and Adviser
– Postman
– Shop Assistant
– Stock Controller
– Travel Writer
– Travel Itinerary Planner
– Welcome Host

 My ENTIRE Working Timeline (includes ALL type of work):

1990 – 1991 –  Writing and drawing a Glentoran Fanzine called “One Saturday Afternoon at the Oval”, Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND
1994 – 1996 – Writing for Northern Ireland fanzine Arconada…Armstrong!, Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND
1995 – Work Experience in the Belfast Telegraph Newspaper, Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND
1995 – 1997 – Serving tea and coffee to the elderly in a Nursing Home, Bangor, NORTHERN IRELAND
1997 – Work Experience in the BBC TV Studios, Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND
1997 – Work Experience in British Telecom’s PR Department, Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND
1997 – 2004 – Writing, editing, producing and selling the Northern Ireland football fanzine “Here We Go…Again” in Bangor and Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND
1998 – 2001 – Stock Control Assistant for Tesco (working in Tesco branches at Springhill and Bloomfield in Bangor; Knocknagoney and Connswater in Belfast; Holywood), NORTHERN IRELAND
2001 – Postman for Royal Mail, Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND
2001 – 2002 – Savings Sales Advisor for Halifax in Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND
2001 – 2002 – Barman in McMillen’s Bar, Bangor, NORTHERN IRELAND
2001 – Refreshments Kiosk at events at North Down Heritage Centre, Bangor, NORTHERN IRELAND
2001 – Delivering Phone Books in Bangor, NORTHERN IRELAND
2002 – Temporary Assistant at Anderson Manning Associates, Bangor, NORTHERN IRELAND
2002 – 2003 – Butcher, salad maker, till cashier and counter assistant at Steenson’s Food Centre, Bangor, NORTHERN IRELAND
2003 – 2006 – Cashier and Front End Assistant at Tesco, Branksome, Poole, ENGLAND
2003 – 2008 – Radio DJ for Nervemedia.net and Nerve FM, Bournemouth, ENGLAND
2004 – Barman at Heathlands Hotel, Bournemouth, ENGLAND
2004 – Union Crew and Welcome Guest for new students at Bournemouth University, ENGLAND
2004 – 2006 (and 2009) – Seasonal Seafront Assistant Worker, Bournemouth, ENGLAND
2005 – 2009 – Chairman and PR guru of South of England Northern Ireland Supporters Club
2006 – 2007 – Public Relations Assistant for Bite Communications, London, ENGLAND
2007 – 2012 – Writer on Blogspot of my first travel blog, Jonny Scott Blair – Don’t Stop Living
2007 – 2009 – General Assistant for Red Ineffective Cuisine, Bournemouth, ENGLAND
2008 – Ferry Steward for Wightlink, Lymington and Yarmouth, ENGLAND
2009 – Ferry Steward for Condor Ferries, Poole and Weymouth, ENGLAND and St. Malo and Cherbourg, FRANCE and GUERNSEY and JERSEY
2009 – 2011 – Writer for Northern Ireland football fanzine “Happy Days”
2009 – General Assistant for Kudos Catering Group, ENGLAND
2009 – 2011 – Barman, Waiter and Stocking Assistant for PJ Gallagher’s Irish Pub, Parramatta, AUSTRALIA
2010 – Farming Worker for Work Direct, Tasmania, AUSTRALIA (this job alone had about 20 different jobs within it including weeding, planting, extracting and harvesting!)
2010 – Barman at PJ Gallagher’s Irish Pub, Drummoyne, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
2011 – Milking Cows in Santa Ana Alta, COLOMBIA
2011 – Barman at Delaney’s Irish Pub, Kowloon, HONG KONG
2011 – 2012 Primary School Teacher at Yuen Long Primary School, HONG KONG
2011 – 2013 – Kindergarten Teacher at Tsuen Wan Our Lady Kindergarten, HONG KONG
2011 – 2013 – Kindergarten Teacher at Annunciation Catholic Kindergarten, HONG KONG
2011 – 2012 – Private Tutor of English, HONG KONG
2012 – Summer School Teacher at St. Timothy Primary School, HONG KONG
2012 – Summer School Teacher at St. Andrew’s Primary School, HONG KONG
2012 – 2013 – Primary School Teacher in St. Francis Primary School, HONG KONG
2012 – 2013 – Welcome Assistant for Internations Events, HONG KONG
2011 – 2014 – Column Writer for Glentoran Gazette, Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND
2013 – Travel Itinerary Provider for Vadovia, ONLINE
2013 – Travel Expert and Adviser for Think Places, ONLINE
2013 – Featured Writer for We Blog The World, ONLINE
2013 – Featured Writer on Numerous Travel Sites (Including Essential Travel and Asia Rooms), ONLINE
2015 – Copywriter for Copypress, ONLINE
2017 – 2021 – Travel Writer for Culture Trip, ONLINE
2016 – date – Business English Teacher in Warsaw, Poznan, Krakow, Gdynia and Gdansk, POLAND
2013 – date – Manager and editor of a group of travel and lifestyle related websites under the Don’t Stop Living network.
2007 – date – Professional Travel Writer and Blogger on Don’t Stop Living – A Lifestyle of Travel.
2016 – date – Professional Local Travel Writer at Northern Irishman in Poland.

Here is the full list of actual companies I have worked for in my working career:

11-Bit Studios
Abbey View Nursing Home

Anderson Manning Associates
Annunciation Catholic Kindergarten
Apple Inc
Asda Springbourne
Asia Rooms
Bite Communications
Bournemouth Amusements Arcade
Bournemouth Borough Council
Bournemouth International Centre
Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre
Bournemouth Pier Cafe
Condor ferries

Creative Language Academy
Culture Trip
Deem Fly Wear

Flying Wild Hogs
Glentoran Gazette


PKN Orlen

St. Patrick’s Primary School
Target English School
Vile Monarch
Warsaw Maths Institute
Way To Grow

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