The Best Job In The World

I have worked full time virtually since I left school. My first job was at the age of 17 when I started work as a filing clerk in a Solicitor's office. I was encouraged to learn shorthand and quickly became a typist and stand in secretary to one of the junior partners. I became engaged and got married and carried on working with the same company until I became pregnant with my daughter. I didn't want to be a working mum as my husband had a good job however things were to take a turn for the worse within a couple of years of my daughter's birth as my husband was diagnosed with an aggressive tumour for which nothing could be done. Sadly he passed away within a few months of diagnosis and I was left with the prospect of a three year old to feed and clothe so I had no choice but to go back to work full time. I found work for a while as a check out operator at a new Marks and Spencer store on the outskirts of town, but this involved Saturday work which meant I didn't get to spend much time with my daughter at the weekend.

Thankfully, both my parents and In-laws lived quite close and were able to collect my daughter from school and look after her when I was working, but within six months I had found work as a Dentist's Receptionist which meant I only had to work Monday to Friday so had the weekends free.  The only problem was that it was on the other side of town so I had to catch two buses to get there, however I have recently bought a car so this is no longer a problem.  I’ve been at the practice now over 20 years and seen many changes in dental techniques, equipment, even uniforms. No longer do any of the dentists wear white coats, neither do the support staff wear white dress uniforms. All wear a comfortable trouser and polo shirt combination which helps put patients at ease, while I have a small allowance for business style clothes. I have made many friends, both patients and colleagues, past and present. There are three dentists in the practice so life is never dull. On busy days, more than 30 people can pass through our doors. Many people have a fear of the dentist and it’s my job as the first person that they see or speak to help put their minds at ease. Often these days, it is the adults who are more frightened than the children as we can relate to some of the tortuous looking appliances and instruments from years gone by, and the pain they inflicted. Today, dentistry is virtually pain free, as I can relate from a recent experience when I broke a tooth on a toffee.

I have the best job in the world and I wouldn’t change it for anything.


JennyBee JennyBee
51-55, F
1 Response Mar 1, 2012

It must be lovely to like your job. I hate mine with a passion!

I absolutely love it. I meet a great cross section of people, children, middle aged, elderly. Some are more nervous than others, and the worst are usually the ones you least expect, usually strong, rugged males who capitulate as soon as they walk through the door. All the staff go out together regularly and who has the sweetest tooth? The boss!! What do you do?