Jack of all Trades

My friend Jack asked me if I would help him prepare a new C.V. for a job he had seen advertised in a newspaper. I asked him what jobs he had had since leaving school. He said his first job was as a journalist, and his present job was a scene-shifter, but, although he could remember the various  jobs, he had had, he couldn’t remember the order in which he had had them. I told him to tell me what he could remember and then, I would try to prepare a list of the jobs he had had in the correct order.

This is what he said: “After being a journalist, I was a signwriter, an illustrator, a compositor and a pawnbroker, but I was a pawnbroker before I was a ringmaster, a piano-tuner and an interpreter. Before I was an interpreter I was a chargehand, and after I was an interpreter I was a compositor. I can remember being a compositor before I was a gamekeeper, a taxi-driver, an electrician and a roadsweeper. I was a gamekeeper and an electrician after I was a roadsweeper which in turn was after I was a taxi-driver and a woodcarver. I liked my job as a woodcarver which I got after being a blacksmith, a chargehand, a lumberjack and an illustrator. I was an illustrator after I had a job as a cartoonist, and an undertaker, and i was an undertaker before I was a pawnbroker and a chargehand but after I was a signwriter and a cartoonist.

“I can also remember being a fishmonger, a lumberjack, a chargehand and a pawnbroker after I was a cartoonist which in turn was after I was a journalist and a signwriter. I was a signwriter before I was a pawnbroker, a pawnbroker before I was an upholsterer, an upholsterer before I was a programmer, a programmer before I was a fishmonger, a fishmonger before I was a blacksmith, and a blacksmith before I was a gamekeeper, an escapologist, a compositor and a piano-tuner. I was a piano-tuner before I was a lumberjack but that was after I had been a chargehand and an escapologist. I was also a greengrocer after being an upholsterer and an illustrator. Then again, I can also  remember being a greengrocer after I was an escapologist but before I was a piano-tuner.

“At one time, I was a postmaster but that was before I was a pawnbroker, a chargehand and a newscaster which in turn was after I was an illustrator. I had quite a few jobs after I was an illustrator, including being a blacksmith, a gamekeeper, a newscaster, an escapologist and a programmer. On thing that I do know is that I haven’t done the same type of job twice. As I said before, I liked my job as a woodcarver but that was before I was a taxi-driver, an interpreter, a compositor, a gamekeeper and an electrician. I was actually an electrician before I was a gamekeeper.

“One job that I wasn’t too keen on was that time I was an upholsterer, but that was before I was a ringmaster, a newscaster, a blacksmith and a compositor. I was a compositor after I was chargehand and a lumberjack. One quite boring job was that of a programmer, which was after I was a newscaster and a ringmaster, and I was a ringmaster before I was a newscaster. The only other things I can remember is that I was a chargehand after I was a fishmonger and a pawnbroker, and that I was a pawnbroker before I was a fishmonger.”

Given what Jack said, see if you can make a list of the jobs he has had since being a journalist and the order in which he has had them.

🙂 🙂 🙂

Nalin Pithwa.

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