Dream jobs leave Bexley workers on cloud nine to five

PUBLISHED: 17:40 07 March 2013 | UPDATED: 17:40 07 March 2013

Joyce Goss has been a nurse at Queen Mary's Hospital for nine years.

Joyce Goss has been a nurse at Queen Mary's Hospital for nine years.


Having your dream job is a matter of opinion but three people who live or work in Bexley think they have theirs. We talked to them about how it feels to be living the dream.

Liv McLennan with her celloLiv McLennan with her cello

Joyce Goss, 49, has been a nurse at Queen Mary’s Hospital, in Sidcup, for nine years.

“I used to be a housewife, but I just got fed up and wanted something to challenge me.

I went back to college in Orpington and got a place Greenwich University where I completed my diploma.

Educating myself was important to me, so it was a very proud moment when I got my degree.

Red House house and gardens manager James BreslinRed House house and gardens manager James Breslin

Once I was qualified I applied for a job as a junior sister at Queen Mary’s in Sidcup and I’ve worked there for about nine years now.

Caring for people is something I love, and working with my colleagues means I get to mix with people from all kinds of backgrounds which is great fun.

I like to know who my patients are and get to know them like old friends – that’s one of my favourite things about the job.

It’s different every day on our ward because the patients don’t tend to stay very long, so we always have new people in needing repairs to their hips or knees.

Recently we had a patient who was with us for a while and he was so happy with the care he received that he came back one day and asked to see me to say thank you.

It’s very important to have a great rapport with your patient to make sure they trust you.

They’re out of their home and it’s my job to make them as comfortable as possible.”

Liv McLennan, 32, is a musician who lives in Murchison Avenue, Bexley. She plays the cello, saxophone and bagpipes and works all over the South East.

“I’ve had music in my life as long as I can remember. I first played the cello when I was eight having started on the recorder and have never looked back.

For some people they know exactly what they want to do when they were little but I wouldn’t say that’s the case with me – I knew I wanted to do something involved with music but I didn’t know what it was.

Music is a notoriously hard industry to make money in so to be able to make a living out of it is a dream come true.

Rather than work as a cashier as a teenager I took on bag-piping jobs to make a bit of cash.

The majority of work these days is taken up with community music groups, mainly for young children and older people with dementia.

It gives them a chance to participate in music, and charity is also a big thing for me, so this is killing two birds with one stone.

I also teach the cello, bagpipes and saxophone as well as playing in various different bands playing a variety of music, such as folk and rock.

Music is something that everyone should experience at some point in their life.

This is so fulfilling that I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”

James Breslin, 44, is the house and garden manager at National Trust property Red House in Bexleyheath.

“My job is to ensure conservation of the property and make sure people appreciate it fully.

When I was at school my art teacher turned me towards the work of William Morris and I’ve loved him ever since.

I’ve worked at National Trust properties for years, but when the opportunity came to work at Red House I jumped at the chance.

I live at the house in what used to be the guest bedroom for Morris’s friends and it’s really a dream come true.

It’s a real privilege to both live and work there.

My family live in Cornwall so I have quite a strange lifestyle – it can get hard living away from my wife and kids but I get to see them when I can and my kids love coming to stay here.

Things never get boring and normal here and while it might be a cliche, there really are no two days the same.”

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