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  1. My first “grown up” job was as a trainee account (was never going to last, right?”). For two years I did the most mundane of tasks – banking cheques, writing up (by hand) the cashbooks of clients, reconciling accounts and accounting for leases. It was massively repetitive.

    But it taught be discipline and the importance of accuracy. One wrong number or transposition can cost you hours or even days of extra work. Having to recalculate several thousand cheques in a cashbook dramatically improved my attention to detail (alas it came too late).

    But it is these softer skills and capabilities that have proven vitally important as my career progressed (in a very different field).

    I know I sound like my father, but sometimes you do need to deal with the boring and crap jobs so that you can appreciate the challenges when they come.

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