How did you get into your line of work and what is it you do?

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  • rickalish 23 Jul 2013 01:52:04 1,798 posts
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    Hello. Been a while since I started a thread but the interwebs isn't assisting me so I thought I'd see if any of you were awake and could share your brilliant minds.

    I'm currently seeking employment after finishing a degree this year in script writing. I knew before beginning the course that I wasn't going to walk into a job waving my degree certificate, but I did the course as it was something I'd always been interested in.

    That aside, I'm now wondering if my course could open up new doors for me and allow me to work in different sectors of work than I'm used to (previously done sales, retail, office. etc.) due to the transferable skills I've acquired. The trouble is, I don't know what I could apply for.

    Could people tell me what they work as and whether their job was the result of their degree or whether they just fell into it? I'm hoping this might help me get some sense of direction.

    FYI I'm prepared for the onslaught from the Monday night drunk squad, but hopefully there will be some tee total insomniacs amongst you. :)
  • Syrette 23 Jul 2013 02:01:24 43,528 posts
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    Fluffer.

    Studied it at uni.

  • drhcnip 23 Jul 2013 02:01:29 2,500 posts
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    primary teacher for nearly 20 years

    straight from b.ed degree into it

    sure this will merit the award for least helpful post
  • rickalish 23 Jul 2013 02:09:09 1,798 posts
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    I take you didn't read the post above yours? :)
  • drhcnip 23 Jul 2013 02:13:32 2,500 posts
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    heh...unfortunately that wasnt there when i posted...i humbly defer to syrette's lack of helpfulness....;)
  • rickalish 23 Jul 2013 02:16:41 1,798 posts
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    At least I know who to turn to if my transferable skills allow me to work in the porn industry...
  • DodgyPast 23 Jul 2013 02:18:24 8,475 posts
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    Got bored with sales, spent 3 weeks in Myanmar with friends who taught English over there. Did a one month training course ( CELTA) and never looked back.
  • Mola_Ram 23 Jul 2013 02:27:45 7,413 posts
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    Research librarian.

    Used to be an English teacher, but I didn't like it.
  • twelveways 23 Jul 2013 03:11:26 4,023 posts
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    English teacher in China. It started out as a holiday job, I did a month long course in Beijing to get the certification (my degree is in computers) and planned to stay out here for a year, two at most. 5 years later and I am now an academic manager with no plans to leave.
  • oconnomiyaki 23 Jul 2013 03:35:56 245 posts
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    Software developer. I got a honours in English Literature, got absolutely nowhere of worth with it, went back to university in my late 20s and got a BSc, and spent the last two years with everyone thinking I was 21 because I was a recent graduate. :|

    Edited by oconnomiyaki at 03:36:09 23-07-2013
  • CosmicFuzz 23 Jul 2013 06:17:16 24,380 posts
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    Nearly qualified solicitor. Did immunology at uni, then graduated and went back to do law. Finish traineeship next month but no job lined up so going travelling for a bit. Will see what the market is like in new year. Really though I'd love to be an author, working on couple books/scripts.

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  • Nitrous 23 Jul 2013 06:56:25 388 posts
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    Retail and when jjb went under I decided I'd spend some cash and get my door supervisors licence.

    Now I'm in corporate security looking after anything from museums, office buildings, warehouses and retail parks and tram stops on event days.

    Errrm, sometimes its not what you know its who you know ;)
  • Benno 23 Jul 2013 07:36:17 9,906 posts
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    I studied economics to masters level and now work in health economics. I build models which determine how cost-effective new drugs and treatments are, and whether or not they are efficient enough to provide on the NHS.

    EDIT: To answer your question, my degree funeled me right into this job. I use my degree every day, which I think is quite rare these days.

    Edited by Benno at 07:41:23 23-07-2013
  • THFourteen 23 Jul 2013 07:38:37 33,468 posts
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    I'm a technology "Relationship Manager" at an american asset mangement firm. Should mean that i spend most of my time speccing, delivering, training and supporting the systems that our developers built for the business peeps. Realistically means i am glorified technical support.

    Did Computer Science at uni, but worked in Analysis and Research at HMRC for 2 years, as an IT Implementation COnsultant for 2 years, and then 3 years in a compliance role before moving to my current role internally.
  • Alastair 23 Jul 2013 08:12:04 15,790 posts
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    THFourteen wrote:
    I'm a technology "Relationship Manager" at an american asset mangement firm. Should mean that i spend most of my time speccing, delivering, training and supporting the systems that our developers built for the business peeps. Realistically means i am glorified technical support.
    Sounds pretty similar to what I do. I'm in biopharma, supporting document management, remediation and publishing systems.
  • FWB 23 Jul 2013 08:17:12 44,585 posts
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    They do degrees in script writing? My god. They really do need to trim the fat.
  • LeoliansBro 23 Jul 2013 08:19:32 44,279 posts
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    I'm a banker.
    I go into a bankery.
    Throw a bit of money around.
    Happy days.
    Brilliant.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • Deckard1 23 Jul 2013 08:29:55 28,038 posts
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    Tap dancer. Have a degree in aerodynamics but used to to tap dance in the bars around Newcastle to put me through uni. I found I was having more fun with the tap dancing than I was designing transonic flow models. And the moneys great.
  • Gunzberg 23 Jul 2013 08:35:53 1,732 posts
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    Management Consultant.

    Less hours than I-banking with still decent pay.

    But not something I see myself doing when I hit 35

    And my job probably relates in some way to my degree in Accounting & Finance

    Edited by Gunzberg at 08:36:40 23-07-2013

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  • disusedgenius 23 Jul 2013 08:38:08 5,335 posts
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    I work VFX/3D Animation as a TD. Fine Art undergrad, a couple of years out doing bits of work then a MA in Computer Animation. Taught myself a bit of programming while looking for work then went in as a runner and did a bit of slogging for a couple of months before moving up to do actual work.
  • Zizoo 23 Jul 2013 08:43:03 8,383 posts
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    Logistics.

    My daddy gave me a job 6 years ago.
  • dominalien 23 Jul 2013 08:48:18 6,882 posts
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    I have two degrees in law.

    I do two things: nothing and posting on this forum. I have no idea how I got into the first. To get into the second, I signed up and they let me in straight away. Must have been a fluke.

    Edit: is this unhelpful enough?

    Edited by dominalien at 08:48:50 23-07-2013

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  • Deleted user 23 July 2013 08:48:39
    Graphic Designer for a printing firm.

    Have a BSc degree in Medical Illustration but there's no jobs any more.

    Tried to get into the police as a SOCO when I was younger, few courses in crime scene analysis and such. Managed to royally screw up every interview I had.

    Would love to do design freelance but the market is flooded so just biding my time.
  • Pinky_Floyd 23 Jul 2013 08:49:11 7,907 posts
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    Senior QA Engineer at a software development house. I did an HND in computing when I was 29 which got me a foot in the door as previously had only worked in factories.
  • monkehhh 23 Jul 2013 08:56:51 3,329 posts
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    "We're going to play a game called who is your daddy and what does he do?"

    Got a degree in computing, didn't use it for 4 years, got a random office job after a retail job, random work for a few years until I got a more techy job in the same company, now they're paying for me to do a masters and my job is pretty interesting (and setting me up for more cash in the future).. think my actual title is meaningless, but I say I'm a geographical information system analyst / technician.
  • Rodney 23 Jul 2013 08:57:03 1,900 posts
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    I studied politics and history and now work as project manager.

    after I graduated I moved to London and got an entry level finance job (accounts payable), couple years later I moved to Australia and did labouring for a year, got a government job doing financial contract management, then worked at a bank in the project portfolio office doing financial reporting, learnt how to develop Sharepoint sites and excel VBA and speak management bollocks, now I'm a project manager on an IT project.

    I have no advice for you. I have just fallen into every job I've had. Its funny where life takes you - couple years ago I was digging fucking holes in rural Australia in the summer heat.

    good luck!
  • Bremenacht 23 Jul 2013 09:00:15 18,320 posts
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    After finishing at the school of hard knocks, I got a degree from the university of life and now do a bit of this and that.
  • Bremenacht 23 Jul 2013 09:03:54 18,320 posts
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    Advice:
    - It's not what you know, it's who you know. (Moreso with 'script-writing' I guess ;) )
    - When good opportunities are offered, take them. If you take them and it doesn't work out, you can move on. If you don't take them, usually, you'll regret it.
  • S.J.Rogers 23 Jul 2013 09:06:22 3,557 posts
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    I have a Aerospace PCB Manufacturing company here in Poole...

    It was my father that got me into this industry, he was in it when i finished school and i have been following him.
  • Steve_Perry 23 Jul 2013 09:07:13 4,277 posts
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    I did English and I'm now a copywriter. I would love to be a journalist or work for a more noble industry than marketing, but the money isn't bad and at least I get to do some creative writing, even if it is to sell peoples junk.

    You could do the same with a script writing background, but you might have to freelance for a while to get some experience.

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