How did you get into your line of work and what is it you do? Page 5

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  • Shikasama 23 Jul 2013 14:53:09 6,277 posts
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    In the event of a crash you're pretty fucked though
  • Deleted user 23 July 2013 14:54:09
    Funnily enough i watched a part of the bbc doc of tfl at i think victoria station. did make me go to see what vacancies they had. choo choo
  • RedSparrows 23 Jul 2013 14:55:05 20,756 posts
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    Shikasama wrote:
    In the event of a crash you're pretty fucked though
    Everyone drives cars, etc etc etc.
  • yegon 23 Jul 2013 14:59:00 4,904 posts
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  • Load_2.0 23 Jul 2013 15:04:41 18,197 posts
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    craigy wrote:
    I am Senior Developer for Gamer Network.

    went to university in Scarborough for four years and earned an honours degree in Internet Computing.
    Creating a search function must have been at masters level.

    :p
  • Stickman 23 Jul 2013 15:12:00 29,407 posts
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    Cambridge, Oxford, Durham, Scarborough.

    THIS SPACE FOR RENT

  • Trafford 23 Jul 2013 15:19:44 5,270 posts
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    I was asked to leave school, went a bit off the rails. Worked in catering working my way from pot washer to cook.
    Moved to the big city in my early twenties and started as a salesman.
    I've been a flight broker for 15 years now. Have wide client base and enjoy an easy sell and nice perks.

    My only real skill is being a charismatic, persuasive fucker. No real security in that.
    I'm working on producing a cycle route guide book that will hopefully get me out of the rat race.
  • feeg86 23 Jul 2013 15:26:56 568 posts
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    @yegon Where abouts are you based? Train driver jobs (even shunting jobs) appear to be gold dust in Staffordshire. Been keeping my eye out for a good while now but seem's like it's another 'who you know' that gets you in.
  • graysonavich 23 Jul 2013 15:33:29 6,802 posts
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    Anyone else read the thread title in teh voice of Arnie from Kindergarten Cop?
  • 1Dgaf 23 Jul 2013 15:40:13 3,775 posts
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    @Stickman

    I had a friend that did his first degree (and got a first, I think) at Durham. Then went to Cambridge to do his MA and then Oxford to get his PhD. Or maybe it the other way around.

    He was afraid of lemons.

    www.hatchetjob.com - more than games. "Seemingly trivial, surprisingly deep"

  • Steve_Perry 23 Jul 2013 15:41:23 2,444 posts
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    graysonavich wrote:
    Anyone else read the thread title in teh voice of Arnie from Kindergarten Cop?
    Yup.

    VIVA STEFANSEN

  • Deleted user 23 July 2013 15:43:49
    Train drivers are recruited from inside the company in pretty much every situation from what i understand. Think they prefer to have someone who has experienced the unsocialable hours and heavy emphasis on safety before they waste thousands training someone who walks after a year or two because they don't like working eveings/weekends.

    Get your foot in the door as a checker, station op or even per-way and a drivers job will pop up somewhere along the way. You'll generally get a good idea if you'll suit the position if your superiors keep telling you to apply for it.

    I've had a couple of opportunities to go for it over the past few years but i didn't bother because i've never spoken to a single driver that doesn't hate the job so i don't feel it's worth the extra cash.
  • RedSparrows 23 Jul 2013 16:01:26 20,756 posts
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    Stickman wrote:
    Cambridge, Oxford, Durham, Scarborough.
    You're spying on the Russians, aren't you!
  • ThrowingTuba 23 Jul 2013 16:08:04 41 posts
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    I work for a music publisher, specifically in the synchronization department. I'm in middle management at the moment.

    We attempt to get our music used in TV ad's, films and games.

    It's interesting and the perks are great, money isn't tremendous, but it's not the worst.

    In terms of advice, especially the 'creative industries', don't be in too much of a rush, I've been working in music for 8 years and the first 5 of those weren't great.

    One major drawback is that you really have to be in London to work in music and I'm getting a bit sick of it.
  • Nitrous 23 Jul 2013 16:19:45 241 posts
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    Retail work is awful and usually that's caused by the people at the top. I'll never go back to it. I once worked in an independent game shop when I was 18 thinking it would be great fun.... It wasn't and when I got home the last thing I felt like doing was playing video games.

    Edited by Nitrous at 16:22:43 23-07-2013
  • mikeck 23 Jul 2013 16:19:54 1,837 posts
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    Instead of doing A levels I did a BTEC in Performing Arts (was going to be an actor you see), then dossed around in catering jobs for three years supplementing my beach bum/surfing lifestyle (sunny, but cold Devon/Cornwall - not anywhere glamorous), before deciding to get off my ass and go to Uni in London.

    Ending up dropping Creative Writing and did Film Studies (Theory, with some modules of Screenwriting thrown in) instead. I worked in Virgin Megastores at weekends whilst doing this, so after graduating I moved to their HQ and worked in Customer Service (worst job I've ever had), before getting lucky and moving into their digital team as a web content editor a year later.

    This was a cracking position, but unfortunately only lasted for six months before that part of Virgin was made redundant (this was when their was a MBO and Virgin became Zavvi and decided that our digital streaming platform (a version of Spotify essentially before there ever was a Spotify) wasn't the future. Sigh.

    I then spent three months of my time (and redundancy money) playing World of Warcraft, smoking far too much, and applying for the odd job here and there.

    I then ended up getting put forward for a job at PlayStation, and since then I've worked in digital marketing/strategy/ecommerce within the games industry ever since.

    I never planned for anything, but worked hard in every position, and have happily followed my nose from one position to the next. Has worked so far, and I'm starting a new job next week where I'm going to be the Marketing Manager at a well known games ecommerce site.

    Not bad for a Devonshire lad who wanted to be an actor/writer...haha!
  • RedSparrows 23 Jul 2013 16:21:53 20,756 posts
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    Where from in Devon, Mikeck?
  • mikeck 23 Jul 2013 16:35:35 1,837 posts
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    Plymouth lad me. You a local?
  • JoeBlade 23 Jul 2013 16:36:29 2,413 posts
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    Software developer, currently specialised in web development (formerly games development) Been messing with computers as long as they've been available to the public at large and always knew I'd end up in this line of business.
  • RedSparrows 23 Jul 2013 16:42:47 20,756 posts
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    mikeck wrote:
    Plymouth lad me. You a local?
    Yer, born Torbay, grew up on edge of moor, near Exeter.

    Ideal, a they say round some parts. Arr.
  • mikeck 23 Jul 2013 16:45:12 1,837 posts
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    @RedSparrows Ah the good old English Riviera ;)

    My 'janner' is a bit ropey these days, but y'arp.
  • Deleted user 23 July 2013 17:01:00
    I was born in barnstaple , but my dad side of the family are cornish. so conflicted and confused :)
  • yegon 23 Jul 2013 17:03:13 4,904 posts
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  • mikeck 23 Jul 2013 17:11:11 1,837 posts
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    @joelstinton I love the rivalry that comes over both sides of the Tamar :)
  • Mr_Sleep 23 Jul 2013 17:16:01 16,250 posts
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    mikeck wrote:
    This was a cracking position, but unfortunately only lasted for six months before that part of Virgin was made redundant (this was when their was a MBO and Virgin became Zavvi and decided that our digital streaming platform (a version of Spotify essentially before there ever was a Spotify) wasn't the future. Sigh.
    They were such short sighted idiots. With the branding and the market penetration they could have made a success of it. Would have been better than what happened to the whole thing.

    You are a factory of sadness.

  • jamievilla 23 Jul 2013 17:18:30 464 posts
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    Load_2.0 wrote:
    craigy wrote:
    I am Senior Developer for Gamer Network.

    went to university in Scarborough for four years and earned an honours degree in Internet Computing.
    Creating a search function must have been at masters level.

    :p
    Scarborough! You mean Hull university, Scarborough campus? The smallest university in the UK apparently. I thought they only had theatre / marine studies there...
  • SirScratchalot 23 Jul 2013 17:19:44 7,872 posts
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    DaM wrote:
    I always like this thread subject when it comes around, seeing what everyone does :)

    2 Biochemistry degrees, but realised a life of research wasn't for me, I wasn't dedicated or bright enough to do well in it. Did an MSc in IT, which got my foot in the door in a web dev company, doing web programming stuff (which I hadn't really covered at all in my MSc, but I picked it up...).

    A uni mate asked me to help with a web site he was starting, and asked me to come on board with it, selling lanyards (those things you might be forced to wear, hanging ID round your neck). That was just taking off when the web company went bust. Set up my own web company with a designer, but lanyards were much more lucrative and easy, so started doing it full time. If you can get near the top of Google for what you are selling, it's not too hard to make money.

    Constant battles with my business partner led to a huge fallout this time last year, so I bought him out (and have a new mortgage to show for it). I have another company with a mate doing a wider range of stuff, mousemats, keyrings etc. It's starting to get somewhere.

    Oh and I also own half of a sex toy business, with probably the best domain for it in the UK, but everyone involved is too busy with their proper businesses to really develop it :)

    But if things all went tits up, I don't know if I could get a job. I don't think I am particularly good at anything. I'd probably go and live in a hut in the woods and hunt and fish. Actually that sounds quite appealing...
    Ha.. I'm defending a biochemistry PhD in the spring and am moving slowly towards web dev and am starting a company.
    Maybe I'll join you in the woods in a year or two :)
  • mikeck 23 Jul 2013 17:30:06 1,837 posts
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    Mr_Sleep wrote:
    mikeck wrote:
    This was a cracking position, but unfortunately only lasted for six months before that part of Virgin was made redundant (this was when their was a MBO and Virgin became Zavvi and decided that our digital streaming platform (a version of Spotify essentially before there ever was a Spotify) wasn't the future. Sigh.
    They were such short sighted idiots. With the branding and the market penetration they could have made a success of it. Would have been better than what happened to the whole thing.
    It still pains me to think what it could have become...
  • HoraceGoesSquiffy 23 Jul 2013 17:41:08 1,565 posts
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    I'm a freelance digital designer / creative director, which means I get contracted (mostly by web agencies, some direct clients) to head up web design and build projects.

    I didn't go to Uni, and at college (quite a long time ago now) I did Art & Design and then Music Tech later on. I worked in the music industry for quite a while, selling kit and writing/producing to moderate success. After getting bored/disillusioned with that, I sort of fell into doing a bit of web design (around 1998-2000 time).

    I had a bit of a blip when I moved to Bristol around the time of the dot-com bubble , so there were no jobs and I ended up selling furniture for a year. Urgh. I was so desperate that when I was finally offered some well-paid contract work I offered to work full-time for graduate wages. They said yes, and 10 years or so later here I am.

    General advice for the OP : I know it sounds hackneyed, but you make your own luck. Qualifications are ok up to a point, but as someone who now occasionally interviews people for design jobs I'm always impressed by someone who clearly just does it for the love of it. And clearly does it A LOT. Do any work you can get, but don't bankrupt yourself in the process - realise your worth to people and use it as a bargaining tool. Don't work for free. Lastly, don't let opportunities slip by - you never know where they might lead. Maybe nowhere, but it's always worth a punt.
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