Dream jobs leave Bromley workers on cloud nine to five

PUBLISHED: 15:02 07 March 2013 | UPDATED: 16:09 07 March 2013

Alex Carter

Alex Carter


Dream jobs are a matter of opinion, but saving lives, soaring through the sky and singing your heart out rank pretty high. We spoke to three people in Bromley living the dream and loving every minute of it.

Biggin Hill Airport pilots
Bob Bailey(pilot)Biggin Hill Airport pilots Bob Bailey(pilot)

Alexandra Carter, 40, of Bromley - Singer

I sing classical, cabaret and jazz for smaller venues, parties, and weddings.

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

I love it so much is because it’s never the same, there is a bit of brain work, it makes me smile, and I love delivering a hit of emotion to people.

It’s wonderful at receptions and weddings to see people relax with music, it’s the added dimension of warmth that you can’t create with decorating or lighting.

I did a degree in French and Italian and then sang for my supper on the streets of Toulouse on my year abroad.

It was there I realised I just wanted to keep doing this, so I trained at the Royal Academy of Music, performed in Europe, in the chorus at the Royal Opera House and for other opera companies in the UK.

I’m married to a bassoonist, Dan Jemison, and once we started a family, I wanted to choose my hours to fit in well with us all – so I then started focusing on French and Italian songs from the 1930s to 1950s.

I’ve always loved the genre, and I’m not on the road for weeks. The fact that I work odd hours is rather wonderful. You never quite know what you’ll be doing and, in fact, I sometimes feel a little guilty about settling down to a lovely day of work.

Cpt Bob Bailey, 63, of Sydenham - Pilot

It was a boyhood dream of mine to fly a plane.

I joined the air cadets at school and really got into it. I did all the exams and found them easy because I loved the subject so much.

I’m a boom baby and was brought up with air fix models and things like that. It was fairly typical back then to dream of becoming a pilot.

For years my interest in aviation was restricted to the odd airshow.

I got my licence when me and my wife inherited some money from her father’s death. She encouraged me to do it, so 14 months later I got my wings – that was 12 years ago.

I wanted to give myself another good reason to go flying – air search is a voluntary organisation which was formed to back up other services.

I joined around two years ago when a fellow pilot at Biggin Hill, Captain Peter Adams, suggested it to me.

Whether it’s a serious fire or something like the floods we had not long ago, we go up and provide a better picture of the scene.

When you look at something from 2,000ft, even if it’s somewhere you know well, it can look totally different. The M25 is a real pain, but from that height at night – it’s a beautiful thing.

When you take off it’s the most energising sense of freedom you’ll ever feel, you forget all your troubles.

Joyce Goss, 49, from Orpington - Nurse

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 proud moment when I got my degree.

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.

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