Career in the Spotlight: Jonnie Fielding (37), Tour Guide

JonnieThis week I interviewed Jonnie, who runs his own walking tours in London. Here he tells us about wanting to be a gnome when he grew up, the fact people don’t think he has a proper job, and how he hopes he will never retire….

What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was in primary school we did that thing in assembly where you had to get up and tell everyone what you wanted to be when you grew up, and I told everyone I wanted to be a gnome, because I liked the idea of sitting by a pond, fishing and things like that. It hadn’t really twigged for me that it wasn’t an official occupation!

Briefly describe your career path to date

I don’t know if I would call it a career path but I know what you mean. As a description I would say quite random – a lot of accidents.

[After school] I did an art foundation which I never finished because I got an unconditional place at university. Then I did a lot of working – all the jobs I did were pretty much manual labour, either working in factories or warehouses. I basically worked for 6 months and then I just travelled round Europe going to art galleries which I thought might be more useful. Continue reading