The Work is a 2017 American documentary film following three civilians on a four-day group therapy retreat with Folsom State Prison inmates. The film is the directorial debut of Jairus McLeary and was co-directed by Gethin Aldous.
It's clear these changes have led some to rethink their career paths entirely. Almost a quarter of 6,000 workers, surveyed by recruitment firm Randstad UK, were planning to change jobs in The Next few months.
A fresh job search might raise some big questions:
This is The First article in a new series called 'At Work' about how different people find purpose in their daily work.
One of them is firefighter, Elsie Emery.How did you get into The Job ?
I applied when I was 17, and turned 18 during the recruitment process.
I always knew That I wanted to be in The Emergency services of some Sort and was lucky That for the First Time in nine years, The Fire service was recruiting locally. So I was very lucky with the timings.
You don't need any particular qualification, But you have to pass online tests in Maths, English, mechanical reasoning, situational judgement and behavioural science before you get to go to your fitness assessment. Getting to Level 8. 8 on a bleep test is not a joke! You have to be able to swim 50 metres in 70 seconds too to prove you're competent in water and you have to maintain these fitness levels throughout your career.
After That , you go to a practical assessment day with five different tests where you use all the different kit; simulate putting a ladder back on a truck, climbing a ladder, as well as doing things like taking your equipment apart and putting it Back Together - stuff you've never seen in your life.
When fire services recruit, there's an inundation of people That want to go for it. In my particular round there were about 3,000 people for 15 jobs, so they needed to whittle it down. My parents were absolutely ecstatic when they found out I got The Job .Routes into firefighting:
College course: Complete Level 2, or 3, Diploma in Public Services, before applying to The Fire service, although this is not essential.
Apprenticeship: You may be able to start training on an operational firefighter advanced apprenticeship. You'll need to be employed by a fire service to do this.
Apply direct: You can apply to your local fire service, each one sets its own entry requirements.
Fire service training course or volunteering: You can prepare for your application by volunteering, or doing A Level 2 Certificate in Fire and Rescue Services in the Community, which is usually run by local services.
Source:What does a typical day look like?
No day is the same. Every time you go in there's something different or you can easily get held up on a visit [to a business].
[Every shift] we do a handover from the previous night or Day Shift , so we know what we need to follow up on.
We do a lot of equipment checks on the vehicles and our breathing apparatus, to make sure they're operational-ready. All our training needs to be maintained, so we know what to do at an incident. We might do a simulated rescue, or go out in The Yard and cut a car for collision training.
On top of That , we do a lot of physical training. We've got a gym [at the] station to keep our strength up and do circuits.
And we do a lot of community visits - go out to vulnerable people in the community to prevent fires through education, set out evacuation plans, or, put up smoke detectors for them and run Through Fire safety stuff. We also do school visits so The Kids can sit in the truck and go out to a lot of businesses too and do mini-audits on them.How do people react when you tell them what you do?
It's weird, I dread telling people what I do. I cringe a little bit.
The common reaction is: 'Oh wow!', people are usually taken aback and aren't necessarily expecting it because of a lack of females in The Role .
I remember once, pulling up to a roundabout in the truck and The Window was down because it was a hot summer's day. A guy in The Van next to me wound his down and shouted: " Oh my gosh, I've never seen A Woman one. "What are the biggest misconceptions?
It's not all about saving cats in trees!
There has been very little time where I've just sat around. And it's not as dramatic as in The Films either. If we have a spare moment, we're doing business safety work, or we're out in the community.What are the hardest moments you face?
Day-to-day, it's odd But you almost want to have an incident of some Sort - not where anyone's Hurt - But because That 's what you joined to do. I joined to be there in The Moment and help people, whether That 's putting up a smoke alarm or helping shift flood water from someone's house.
And for every hard moment, there are good ones.
The biscuits come out and we go around The Room and talk about what we saw, if anything in particular stood out. It helps us to piece Together what we did as a team and put it in neat, tidy piles in your brain before you go to Sleep - Reducing the impact of any post-traumatic shock disorder (PTSD) because of That discussion.
We go through a lot Together , so we have a really strong bond. And now if I move house I've got five blokes to help.What Would You change about The Job ?
The only thing I might say would be the training. [I'd like to have] more adaptability to train at different venues.
We're kept busy and all the jobs we're given are satisfying. We're constantly on training courses, always learning about things like Blue Light training, abseiling off a building or floating down the River Dart .
I can't even say I think we need more Time Off , because we get four days off a week!Any unexpected quirks?
Usually the weirdest stories come from people getting stuck in things.
We get called out to a lot of children getting stuck in babies' swings. They might brag to a friend saying they can still fit in there, and we then get called in to cut them out.