I want to be a postman
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Postman or postwoman
Peter Asagba, 38, is a postman who works in Peckham, south London. Being a postman is a public service. It involves working in the delivery office, sorting mail into general and individual sections for each postman to collect. While we work, we sing along to the radio, tease each other, and talk about things like football. It helps us to get the job done. Every postman has his own area of several hundred addresses that he covers. Once we've sorted the mail, we head outdoors and deliver it.
I start work at 5. I sort my mail first, according to the exact order in which the streets are arranged, so that later I won't have to search for a particular letter or parcel. I have my customary cup of coffee, and then at around 6.
My delivery round starts when we've finished sorting, depending on how much mail there is — usually 9am to Most postmen finish by 2. Then I head home and doze off in front of the television. I really like meeting people, and now that I've been doing the same round for three-and-a-half years, I see lots of familiar faces.
People smile when they see me coming with their mail. I've made a lot of friends. Barking dogs can be very unpleasant, and there are certain buildings where I have to lock up my trolley. I've had it stolen three times. The third time the police caught the people who'd stolen it — but as they were being arrested there was a violent scuffle, and I had to intervene to help one of the officers.
I was recommended for a bravery award after that, but I felt I was just doing my job. I feel responsible when people's property is stolen. You need dedication, patience and social skills — it's all about public service. Sometimes I have to work beyond my actual finishing time, and my patience can wear thin when I'm out on my round and someone spots me and keeps asking whether I have a letter for him.
Not every postman is that sociable — some just want to get on with the job and won't give anyone a whiff of a smile. We're trained in how to sort letters and parcels, and how to write delivery cards if someone is out. When I applied to work in the post office I did it through the post.
Now I'm told it is done through the internet. The job has got more difficult, because there are too few people doing too much work, and I've suffered a back injury from bending down when letter boxes are at the bottom of the door. I would ask a postman whether you can accompany him on his rounds for a couple of days, to get a feel for whether it is for you.
You have to get used to getting up early — I never was an early riser, even at school. You could progress from being a postman into management, with experience. If you're working in London, you would usually earn more because of the cost of living. For more information on working as a postal delivery worker, visit the Royal Mail website at www. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists?
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Postman or postwoman
There are no set requirements, but your interview will include aptitude tests. These are to check that you can read addresses correctly and recognise misaddressed mail. You'll have to be physically fit, as delivery rounds walks can take 3 to 4 hours.
Peter Asagba, 38, is a postman who works in Peckham, south London. Being a postman is a public service. It involves working in the delivery office, sorting mail into general and individual sections for each postman to collect. While we work, we sing along to the radio, tease each other, and talk about things like football. It helps us to get the job done.
I Want to Be a Postman
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Become A Postman
P eople used to say being a postman was the best job in the world. You're up and out, in the fresh air, meeting people; it's a healthy job, you're active. It gave you a good feeling; everyone used to look forward to getting their post, especially at Christmas. I've been a postman for more than 10 years and I do, even now, genuinely love my job.
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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Come rain or come shine, we can always count on the postman getting our mail to us on time. That's how the saying goes, but what is a postman's day actually like?
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