Monday 13 September 2021 by Pete Redfern

Fatima’s next job wasn’t in cyber, she’s now an HGV driver

Fatima now an HGV driver

A ballet dancer who lost her job during the pandemic last year is now a lorry driver for Tesco, it has emerged.

Fatima, a twenty-two-year-old from Luton, had been promised by the government’s promotional posters that she could have an exciting opportunity ‘in cyber’ – whatever that means – after the lockdowns forced the ballet company she danced for to close; but things didn’t end up working out that way.

“I didn’t know what to do at first,” she told us when we caught up with her in the westbound Leigh Delamare services over a coffee and a bacon butty.

“For a start, a job ‘in cyber’ sounded very vague, even if I was going to ‘rethink, reskill and reboot’ myself, whatever that means.”

She went on, “So I started to look around at other jobs, and saw that some haulage firms were offering HGV drivers a salary of over fifty grand in a bid to cover the staff losses following Brexit, so I leapt at the opportunity – something that being a former ballet dancer came naturally to me.

“I was extremely worried about the HGV driving test, especially as I can’t drive a car, but all it entailed was a twenty-minute e-learning course with multiple-choice questions, then I just had to climb into the 7.5-tonne lorry and turn on the ignition, and that was me fully qualified and ready to go.”

She added, “It’s an amazing career – I get to listen to whatever music I like, and see what’s left of the country.

“There are downsides, of course. I miss dancing, and I’ve already put on three stone in weight over the last month.”

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