For those who do not know me personally, allow me to describe my previous job with as much brevity as I can muster and believe me it is not easy!
I left school at 16 and despite a short term role as an apprentice carpenter I joined the British Railway system, and stayed in that area of work for the next 19-years. When I started I was earning £4,628 per annum and when I left my salary was £45,000 per annum (with annual bonus payments as a nice addition). To put this into context, I live in South Wales in the UK, and in 2009 the average annual salary in this part of the world was £26,332 per year. There were years when my bonus would take me in excess of £65,000 per annum.