Writer reveals she’s had 16 jobs in 14 years and built up skills from bar work to promo girl — as report claims millennials flit from one career to the next


MILLENNIALS get a bad rap. What’s wrong with avocado and yoga?

Unlike their lucky parents — many of whom could count on a steady job until retirement — a third of 18 to 34-year-olds have had more than five jobs already.

 Sun writer Lynsey Clarke has flitted between 16 jobs in 14 years

Wilfried Haubenberger – The Sun

Sun writer Lynsey Clarke has flitted between 16 jobs in 14 years

At 34, I just about count as a millennial.

By 29, before joining The Sun, I had racked up 15 jobs, plus a few stints of work experience. And why shouldn’t I?

The jobs market is unpredictable, average earnings have fallen since the 2008 crash and zero-hours contracts are on the rise.

Why stick at a job we could lose at any time?

 One of the posts Ms Clarke held was a legal secretary ostensibly helping her administrative skills

Wilfried Haubenberger – The Sun

One of the posts Ms Clarke held was a legal secretary ostensibly helping her administrative skills

Each role has taught me new skills and helped me figure out what I am best at.

My parents, like most of their friends, had jobs for life.

They taught me I could be anything I wanted if I grafted.

At 15, my only dream was to go out with fit lads. And boy, did I graft for that. I took my first job to pay for make-up, spangly tops and bottles of Hooch.

Dream of fit lads

Lynsey Clarke

Earning £9 a DAY in a greasy spoon taught me the customer is always right . . . especially when you drop a full English on them.

While pulling pints at JD Wetherspoon, I learnt that drunk snogs with colleagues don’t end well, a Slippery Nipple is not what it sounds like and blokes who drink John Smith’s don’t tip.

During university holidays, I earned my keep back at the local Best Western hotel and waitressing in the hospitality boxes at Huddersfield Town.

I have handed out gym flyers, sorted clobber in a clothes shop, done data entry for the NHS, typed up notes for solicitors, filed government documents and set up stands at village fetes.

The Sun’s Lynsey Clarke straps in to try the latest celeb craze of flyboarding

I have often juggled two or three jobs at once.

My parents taught me about financial independence. If I wanted new trainers, to go clubbing, to travel or go to uni, I paid my way.

No job was too big or too small. And with a record 33million people in work, my generation clearly agrees. Still, the Office for National Statistics says vacancies are at an all-time high too, at 853,000. So there is no excuse to bum around.

Each job was a stepping stone for me. Only a lucky few know their destiny by the age of 12 — be it teacher, actor or brain surgeon.

I was clueless. But my parents taught me I was within my rights to want a job I actually like.

 Lynseys CV is littered with a slew of jobs ranging from waitress to newspaper features writer
Lynseys CV is littered with a slew of jobs ranging from waitress to newspaper features writer

We spend 90,000 hours at work over the course of our lives, on average. I refused to spend most of that watching the clock. So I played the field in search of The One. I have been at The Sun almost five years — my longest yet.

Life is unpredictable, every hour is jam-packed and I meet wonderful people from all walks of life.
Still, if you can make me a better offer . . . hit me up. JOKE!

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