How did you get into your line of work and what is it you do? Page 6

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  • Fab4 23 Jul 2013 17:41:46 5,692 posts
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    I got into my current line of work by sharing an office with a dutch guy while doing my Master's thesis work in Germany. When he left he invited me to his wedding the following year. He was marrying a professor's daughter and he was a professor of telecommunication systems...which just happened to be what I done my final work in :) I lucked out by staying at his house in the run up to the wedding and we got chatting. He offered me an interview for the following month and at the interview I was offered a position as a full-time researcher in a project to help design a proposal for what would become UMTS.

    Worked for him for about 3 years, then I moved on to the dutch national telecoms provider, again as a network research engineer. Was there for 2 years, and then on to Ericsson where I was developing algorithms for basestation receivers. Was there for 4 years before they went tits up and downsized the company. Now I work for a small company (20 of us) researching mobile network technologies and sensor networks. Been there fore 10 years in Sept.

    I did ofc leave school at 16 and worked in the Belfast shipyard for 6 years (3 year apprentice electrician) before realising that too was going tits up and I needed a better job. So applied for a degree course in Electrical Engineering.

    I miss the shipyard :)
  • Deleted user 23 July 2013 17:57:27
    High school >
    Tech College doing Marketing Mgmt (dropped out) >
    various crap retail jobs >
    met a bloke who offered me a field sales role when I sold him a fax machine >
    Field sales >
    Technical field sales >
    Industry relevant diplomas >
    Area sales manager >
    Regional sales manager

    In other words, fell into it.
  • itamae 23 Jul 2013 18:10:53 9,830 posts
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    I'm a scientist currently doing basic cancer research. The usual: university, PhD, worked some years as a post-doc in the US, now homing in on a faculty position back in good old Europe. Never really wanted to do anything other than science.

    Edited by itamae at 18:13:27 23-07-2013
  • DaM 23 Jul 2013 19:26:47 12,611 posts
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    SirScratchalot wrote:
    DaM wrote:
    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 :)
    Ha! I don't regret doing my PhD, it's gives you lots of these transferable skill thingees, even if you don't realise it at the time. It gave me lots of confidence too...thought it did coincide with lots of magic mushrooms, that I recently read can have permanent positive effects on your personality... PM me if you have any company questions!

    One tip for anyone looking at web dev stuff- it's much easier to make proper money from a website than it is to make them for other people. You just need a good idea/product/niche.

    They should make this thread into a wee booklet and give it to school leavers. Up here degrees in Sports Science are all the rage. The kids just look at me as if I'm daft when I tell them there will be no jobs in it when they finish.
  • Dante_Cubit 23 Jul 2013 21:09:33 1,842 posts
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    Generic poor northern working class background. Left school with virtually no qualifications. Worked a series of dead end jobs and realised that it would end in prison/drugs/suicide. Went back to college and started again. Eight years and a couple of degrees later landed a job teaching at university. Got disillusioned and took an entry level research job for a pharma consultancy. Six later made Director. Just been offered top European position at major rival. Still wish I had gone the suicide route :(
  • jonsaan 23 Jul 2013 21:33:09 25,251 posts
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    Haha. Whilst tragic, your post made me laugh Dante! Chin up :)

    FCUTA!

  • Steve_Perry 23 Jul 2013 21:46:01 2,444 posts
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    Haha, some of these post are brilliant. Great thread.

    VIVA STEFANSEN

  • wogsy81 23 Jul 2013 21:51:25 598 posts
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    Im an Irata Lvl 3 abseiler. I do anything really that involves working at heights. Industrial window cleaning, painting, high level maintenace etc etc.

    I got made redundant in January and have just been doing cash in hand jobs for friends/contacts since then. I haven't paid a bean in tax but ahh well, ive been paying taxes every day since i was 16 and have never claimed a bean off this goverment in my life. Im actually a scouser who has never signed on his life which is pretty rare from where i came from. Even though i get a bit skint every now and again i just can't bring myself to do it. Signing on that is.

    I may get a full time job soon but im happy just being a freelancer at the moment. I get paid 110 cash for a days work so if i do 3 days a week im normally pretty happy. Sometimes i do 5 days a week, sometimes 1. But yeahh, working for yourself is pretty great but slightly stressful.
  • Ged42 23 Jul 2013 22:00:12 7,642 posts
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    From 16 I worked in Tesco up until uni age, then went to Swansea to get a 2:1 degree in Illustration (seemed like a good idea at the time.) The next 5 years were spent hopping between the dole and temping.

    Finally got a job as a surveyor after applying for a role asking for anyone with Adobe Illustrator skills. ( something from uni that was actually useful)

    Now I wander London drawing floorplans of shops, flats and offices, which is more interesting than it sounds. Often I find weird stuff abandoned in flats like full plaster casts of naked women sitting on the floor, food on shelves costing a shilling and small rooms decorated in ripped Magic Roundabout wallpaper. The also lots of cats to tease with my laser measure.

    Edited by Ged42 at 22:12:57 23-07-2013
  • Bremenacht 23 Jul 2013 22:20:24 15,753 posts
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    Steve_Perry wrote:
    Haha, some of these post are brilliant. Great thread.
    It is. What interesting and talented people post here.

    I'd love it if someone gained a contact or two and found a job through a thread like this. Didn't d**m offer a job to someone off the forum not that many years ago. Maybe even someone off this thread, unless I'm mistaken.

    Bright? Skilled? Kicking your heels? Post here.

    Once an eagle taught me courage. And I will never forget that day

  • ibenam 23 Jul 2013 22:29:51 1,274 posts
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    Left Uni with a Business & I.T Degree

    No idea what I wanted to do but knew I was decent with numbers & excel.

    Started work as a Finance Assistant & the company offered to train me up to be a qualified CIMA Accountant.

    A few promotions and job changes later I'm now a fully qualified accountant with decent package and Company car.

    P.S I hate being an accountant
  • Deleted user 23 July 2013 22:30:34
    Yeah its great when you hear what people do.

    Its always surprising. And inspiring as well.
  • PeacockDreams 23 Jul 2013 22:33:29 202 posts
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    I invented Blu-Tak so I'm naturally loaded and don't work anymore....

    Only joking!

    Since leaving school in 2000 I have been a plumber and gas engineer, firstly working for my uncles company and then realised after 7 years my pay was shit so left for another company who tripled my wage over night. For 2 years, 2007-2009 before the recession we raked it in earning 1000-1500 a week, then the recession hit, that company fell to bits so I worked for a few other company's earning slightly less....all very boring, until I decided to quit plumbing and play poker for a living, online and in casinos, did this for 2 years, first year earned 45k profit and second year 48k profit, not bad you may say but the hours I put in, it just wasn't worth it, I had earned more years earlier working 9-5, playin poker tended to be me sitting in the house in my undies all day with sky sports news on in the back ground and me getting my thighs burnt by a red hot laptop, there was a nice element of freedom but I decided it wasn't the thing for me so started up my own plumbing and heating company and that's where I'm at now. I'm my own boss which is the best thing by a mile!
  • Deleted user 23 July 2013 22:36:12
    compliance manager in a wealth manager. qualified as a solicitor then took some time out (due to near nervous break down). tried to come back to legal work but the market had tanked (in scotland) so ended up in succession of odd jobs to pay bills. still aiming to transition back to law long term but it's a slow track that's looking increasingly unlikely

    looking into other careers at the minute but it sucks you can't get a second degree funded unless it's teaching, medicine or worshipping the space ghost.

    current job is unchallenging and dead end and I'm surrounded by public school nobs but at least it's well paid and only 9-5. sucks when you're pretty well qualified and you can't use your qualifications due to 'market conditions' tho

    Edited by cozeny at 22:39:29 23-07-2013

    Edited by cozeny at 22:48:10 23-07-2013
  • Deleted user 23 July 2013 22:40:37
    now to read the rest of the thread for ideas to nick ; )
  • Deleted user 23 July 2013 22:43:15
    I always think about setting up my own business. My dream would be to own a public darkroom, but i don't think as a business its be viable, well not at least for a while until i have a regular set off clientele .

    Its pretty much a niche thing, but there are a lot of photographers around these parts, professionals and amateurs, so it be easy to develop for, business wise and education wise (Workshops, community programs etc)

    I guess i could rent a garage and do a simple B+W darkroom and then if people start to use it, develop it in to a business and get a big place with the full colour darkroom facilities as well. Alongside a digital area as well. With A exhibiton area, and perhaps a coffee shop to offset some costs.

    I even thought of buying a bus and having a mobile darkoom and use it to teach and that in.

    Always with these things you think of the full picture first and not how to build up to it.

    Other business ideas: Record shop (Again niche), burger +beer bar, small cinema, Live music venue, Beer and whine shop, book shop.

    Edited by joelstinton at 22:44:13 23-07-2013
  • localnotail 23 Jul 2013 22:46:59 23,093 posts
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    My current role required finding someone who was willing to impregnate me and then support his family so I could do the weekday (and nightly) job of raising an awesome little person. Evenings and weekends, we jobshare. It's the best work I've ever done, endlessly rewarding and fulfilling, although sometimes really tiring and occasionally frustrating (like today, which has been a very bitey day).

    At some point in the next year or so I will be returning to work, possibly in education, but who knows? Something will hopefully turn up. That is how it has worked thus far.

    Tldr CV: My career progression to date has been erratic to say the least: studied medicine at university, but personal circumstances prohibited actually working as a doctor. After that door closed, I worked from 1996-2001 as
    - an internet researcher, helping businesses make use of this new-fangled online magic;
    - an archive research assistant, helping my partner find archive footage for tv documentaries and shows including People's Century and Brass Eye;
    - a library assistant and IT tutor.
    2002 I had a 30-something crisis, destroyed my world and ended up working as a lettings admin for an estate agent for 9 months, until I ran away to see the world.
    2004-05 I worked as a Homeless Centre officer, which was exhausting and depressing.
    Summer of 05 while very high at Glade, my rigger/roadie bf & I decided to start a staging & rigging business, despite knowing nothing about business and having no money. Just wanted to be a part of the music and get into festivals for free. This was surprisingly successful, despite splitting up 2 years later, but we called it a day after 5 years. It's a hard and unreliable line of work, but we had some amazing times.
    After that I worked as a Home Safety Officer for a national safety charity. It paid badly but I had a lot of autonomy. I would've gone back part-time but they needed me 5 mornings a week which would've meant working for about 2 an hour after nursery fees and missing out on too much time with our daughter. Screw that.

    So now I'm selling everything we don't need on eBay and considering all other avenues of revenue generation.

    Edited by localnotail at 14:55:38 24-07-2013

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • wogsy81 23 Jul 2013 22:47:30 598 posts
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    We have an EG'er who works at CERN (these guys probe the fundamental structure of the universe) and he was involved in the making of the LHC (large hadron collider)

    I went through all the pages in this thread and was left dissapointed to see he hasn't posted.

    That is a cool fucking job if you ask me. All that LHC, particle stuff is really fascinating. I don't understand any of it but hey, i still find it really fascinating.

    edit: I imagine anyone who works at CERN to have a right Tefal head.

    Edited by wogsy81 at 22:51:04 23-07-2013
  • Shikasama 23 Jul 2013 22:47:56 6,277 posts
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    itamae wrote:
    I'm a scientist currently doing basic cancer research.
    LESS POSTING MORE CURING
  • Deleted user 23 July 2013 22:49:44
    joelstinton wrote:
    I even thought of buying a bus and having a mobile darkoom and use it to teach and that in.
    I actually think this is a pretty good idea; if you can pitch it at a junior enough level, I'm sure there are probably people out there who'd sponsor you w/a convincing enough spiel
  • Deleted user 23 July 2013 22:53:55
    DaM wrote:
    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 :)
    you're in glasgow, right? I know nothing about the sex industry but I'm a fast learner and have time on my hands. want a volunteer to come help develop this? : )
  • Ged42 23 Jul 2013 22:54:32 7,642 posts
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    wogsy81 wrote:
    We have an EG'er who works at CERN (these guys probe the fundamental structure of the universe) and he was involved in the making of the LHC (large hadron collider)

    I went through all the pages in this thread and was left dissapointed to see he hasn't posted.

    That is a cool fucking job if you ask me. All that LHC, particle stuff is really fascinating. I don't understand any of it but hey, i still find it really fascinating.
    Haven't heard from him in a while, actually haven't heard of CERN in a while. Probably had a resonance cascade or something.
  • Deleted user 23 July 2013 22:57:15
    cozeny wrote:
    joelstinton wrote:
    I even thought of buying a bus and having a mobile darkoom and use it to teach and that in.
    I actually think this is a pretty good idea; if you can pitch it at a junior enough level, I'm sure there are probably people out there who'd sponsor you w/a convincing enough spiel
    thanks, its one of those ideas that i never thought of , but seemed obvious when some one else mentioned it to me. But its something i could def tie into communities, schools, and youth workers.

    And it can be a project i can work on for myself for art side.

    Edited by joelstinton at 22:57:48 23-07-2013
  • Deleted user 23 July 2013 22:59:32
    Coz, you looked at in house solicitor roles? Depending in your legal background I've heard of a few that seen to want a joint solicitor/compliance officer.
  • Razz 23 Jul 2013 23:00:07 59,994 posts
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    I have no qualifications.

    I've tried Higher Education a few times but never finished. In fact I have only 6 GCSEs mostly C.

    Despite that, I've been a temp for about 13 years, mostly working in central government offices. My last job was working for Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England, on transition work from the DH to the NHS Commissioning Board. It was a cool job, it got me into Number 10 a few times and I even met David Cameron on several occasions.

    That job ended in December last year and I've been dole scum since.

    Honestly, I've lost all motivation to find work. I'm sick of Admin, but I have no idea what I'd rather do. As I don't have a Education I'm kind of stuck :/ I really don't want to be a 40 year old disgruntled civil servant.

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  • Deleted user 23 July 2013 23:08:12
    how do you feel about education now? perhaps its worth trying a degree in something that interests you?

    Edited by joelstinton at 23:08:27 23-07-2013
  • Deleted user 23 July 2013 23:09:23
    mowgli wrote:
    Coz, you looked at in house solicitor roles? Depending in your legal background I've heard of a few that seen to want a joint solicitor/compliance officer.
    yeah, I WANT to do inhouse roles. I think private practice drives a lot of behaviours that led me to near collapse last time round. I've been interviewing, trying to leverage the experience that I've gained over the past three years, but it's a very tough market. I have a f1rst (la di da), and qualified w/D&W so I don't lack credentials it's just the talent pool's prodigious in scotland rn what with all the new grads, new NQs, and semple fraser etc redundancies

    I think the market's maybe more bouyant in aberdeen, due to oil. are you still up north?

    Edited by cozeny at 23:10:26 23-07-2013
  • Stickman 23 Jul 2013 23:11:14 29,408 posts
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    Better than being a 40 year old doley.

    THIS SPACE FOR RENT

  • localnotail 23 Jul 2013 23:16:08 23,093 posts
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    @spindizzy They want to know how you got to CERN.

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • Razz 23 Jul 2013 23:16:34 59,994 posts
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    joelstinton wrote:
    how do you feel about education now? perhaps its worth trying a degree in something that interests you?
    I tried A-Levels twice and Bachelors twice, flunked out every time. I just don't have self discipline. Too impatient. Also, being a stoner didn't help! :D I dunno, the missus keeps saying to me that I should take a look at some courses, I've always been interested in engineering and IT, no idea. Where to start though.

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