The Party Planner

Name

Simon Dent

Age

31

Where

London

How much do you get paid?

Over a hundred grand a year.

How did you get into it?

As a lawyer I’d take clients out to high-end nightclubs. Some of the club owners asked if I wanted to start hosting tables.

What are the hours like?

Full on. You start at maybe 10am, go home at 8pm for some dinner, out again at 11pm and then get to bed around 4.

Describe your average working day

It’s all about being on the phone, creating a buzz. You’ve got an event with a celebrity hook such as a record launch party, and you have to spread the word. I make about 300 calls a day. Get a footballer along and you’ve got a sold-out bash.

What are your co-workers like?

They’re younger than me. I’m always the one going home to bed first.

What’s the best perk?

Free booze. Four years without paying for a drink has saved me a hell of a lot of money.

What causes you the most hassle?

Dealing with drunk people. And bouncers – you wouldn’t believe the number of times there’s a problem with them. They seem to forget that they have to be nice to the guests.

What was your worst experience?

A massive fight – I’m not naming names or places, but it was horrific. It was gang-related and involved baseball bats…

Is your job good for meeting women?

Yes, it’s incredible. You do meet a hell of a lot of women.

What was your dream job?

A footballer. What happened was that everyone got quicker but I didn’t.

The Maggot Breeder

Name

Dr Alun Morgan

Work

Zoobiotic Ltd

Age

43

Where

Bridgend

How much do you get paid?

It’s a good living – the business turns over £1.2m per year.

How did you get into it?

I did a PhD in bacteriology. From that I developed an interest in insects and moved into breeding them to heal wounds.

What are the hours like?

Very long. I work 45 hours a week and work right through the night if we have a deadline.

Describe your average working day

We don’t just hang some liver in the corner of a room! We harvest eggs from the flies, treat them to make them clean, then send them out when they’re 2mm long. They’re used for necrotic wounds and give improvements after five days.

What are your co-workers like?

The production team are dedicated and get on with what can be a smelly job. They have a genuine belief in the product.

What’s the best perk?

Feedback. It’s a life-saving treatment in some cases – there’s a boy in Poland who’d had a leg amputated and the wound had degenerated with infection. The maggots saved his life.

What causes you the most hassle?

Keeping the flies happy and healthy – if they don’t lay eggs the whole process is off. The secret is plenty of food, water and heat: it’s a bit like looking after a tiny herd of animals.

What was your worst experience?

Any day where we have to do a product recall – it wipes out a day’s profits.

Is your job good for meeting women?

Well, it can be – there’s loads of nurses out there.

What was your dream job?

I just wanted to be involved in science.