How did you get into your line of work and what is it you do? Page 2

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  • jenguin 23 Jul 2013 09:09:45 151 posts
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    SAP Training Consultant. Which has taken me to training across Europe and North America.

    Media Studies (yey!) Degree > Casino Croupier > Customer Service Rep > Customer Service Trainer > SAP Trainer

    I have fallen into every job I've had. There is no plan. Just what happens.
  • Fake_Blood 23 Jul 2013 09:20:21 3,830 posts
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    Waste management.
    It's a family business.
  • Salaman 23 Jul 2013 09:48:28 18,241 posts
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    Let's see. I work in Marketing.

    - I studied Business Management with a focus on Marketing.

    - Found a temp job at the marketing department for the local public transport company for about 10 months.
    - Fucked off to Greece for a year.

    - Went back to transport company as a temp and they then offered me a fixed contract, which I turned down. I felt I'd be in a dead-end job and who wants that at 23.

    - Temped for a year at the European HQ of a luxury car maker.

    - Worked at a small agency. They offered me a fixed contract which I turned down in order to move to Germany. My then girlfriend was German and still studying, so it made sense I'd move there, rather than her moving to Belgium.

    - Went to Germany. Was unemployed for 8 months and did some call centre work in the end.

    - Found a job in marketing at a captive finance company.

    - Transfered to London for a London based job at the same company.

    - Transfered to Brussels for a Brussels based job at the same company.

    - Decided I wanted a job closer to home, so one of my colleagues put my in touch with a contact of his. I've now been at a local based software firm for almost 3 years.

    Very little planning went into all of this. Just took as it came really.


    More relevant to your situation might be the ex-girlfriend's experience (the German girl).
    She studied TV, movie and Theater sciences (or somesuch) and wanted to be a script writer.
    Together with a number of friends and fellow students, they produced scripts. One of them through a contact of his landed a job at a local TV production company. They were starting on a (rather badly made) action/stunt heavy police series and needed script writers. So 5 or 6 of them were hired on a fixed term contract for 6 months.
    Afterwards she formed a regular writing group with 2 friends/colleagues as well as s ome other collaborations with ex colelagues from that first job.

    Definitely a "who you know" business. Producers need scripts. So when they're looking for someone that could write one for them, they need to know you exist before they can take you into consideration.

    Edited by Salaman at 09:50:01 23-07-2013
  • elstoof 23 Jul 2013 09:57:36 6,138 posts
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    I figured out what I wanted to do, then contacted the company I wanted to work for directly and made it quite clear I wanted to work for them.

    It's hard to not employ someone who shows enthusiasm rather than sits and waits for a recruitment agency to send them to an interview I guess.
  • Deleted user 23 July 2013 10:12:57
    I work in a customer facing role on the railway.

    Like pretty much everyone else on the railway in Ireland, a family member got my foot in the door for me.

    It's surprisingly well paid but dealing with the public is just fucking awful and makes you wonder about humanity in general.
  • localnotail 23 Jul 2013 10:14:47 23,093 posts
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    When I left school, I joined the army, and when I took the service exam my psych profile fit a certain "moral flexibility" (would be the only way to describe it), and I was loaned out to a CIA-sponsored program, and we sort of found each other. That's how it works.

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

  • LeoliansBro 23 Jul 2013 10:15:30 41,864 posts
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    I love Gross Pointe Blank.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • Deleted user 23 July 2013 10:20:01
    I spend most of my day changing toner cartridges, telling people to restart their computers and fumbling in the dark following half-arsed briefs.
  • boo 23 Jul 2013 10:26:07 11,604 posts
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    LeoliansBro wrote:
    I love Gross Pointe Blank.
    Nope - she really is an assassin.

    Just Another Lego Blog

  • Alastair 23 Jul 2013 10:31:05 14,953 posts
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    HairyArse wrote:
    fumbling in the dark following half-arsed briefs.
    You're one of those 'knicker sniffer' perverts?

    Not as nice as I used to be

  • Deleted user 23 July 2013 10:32:00
    I have a degree in photography, and work in a ...er... supermarket.

    But the same with you, i didn't' expect to get a job out of it, it was something i wanted to do, rather than just doing it for any old thing - although that enthuasism kind of melted away at uni - but since i left i been doing better work than i was there , so i guess it was worth it.

    I would apply for everything, i tend to forgot that my skills are transferrable, and i got to the stage now where i'm pretty deflated and lost the confidence to apply for jobs - in 4 years of post graduate life, i'm stacking shelfs. I do live in cornwall, where jobs are scarce, mostly caring or engineering jobs, with the odd marketing jobs thrown in there. But i kind of trade where i live for shit work.

    It is a case of who you know. Seriously. A few of my friends got jobs that way. My sister with a degree in creative writing works for a cornwall magazine, where a friend recommended her personally to the jon, within a month she had done editorial work. A friend in london, who dropped out of uni, started work in homebase, and a friend of the the family felt sorry for him, now his jetpacking around the world working for a film distribution company.

    So i've come to the conclusion that i must be a cunt because i can't get a job and no one feels sorry enough for me to help me.

    It looks like quite a few of you took punts with things and have worked out for you. Massive kudos for that. Its something i have to look into. I am going up to london this weekend to see uni mates, so will hand in some CVS and that whilst i'm up there.

    It is difficult coming out of uni, you have been pretty hand held all your life till your early or mid 20's, and then you are suddenly dumped into the real life, good luck with it though.

    Edited by joelstinton at 10:36:05 23-07-2013
  • Jeepers 23 Jul 2013 10:35:02 13,166 posts
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    UX chap here. Got into interaction design in 96 when the only qualification you needed was knowing how to spell HTML.

    I feel sorry for all the young UXers starting now. Tough industry to get opportunities nowadays.
  • doctor_nick 23 Jul 2013 10:38:01 172 posts
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    I have two degrees in astrophysics, but now work in IT. For a charity. Gah, I spend most days wondering what happened and working on my escape plan (pretty much every job I really want to do (gardener, dog whisperer, beachcomber etc) seems to pay hardly anything, certainly not enough to support a family and pay bills in this crazy world).
  • Megapocalypse 23 Jul 2013 10:39:26 5,228 posts
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    Police Officer. Quit uni as it was rubbish and dossed around playing computer games for about 5 years (QA at Eidos). Got bored of that around the same time the Met were recruiting and thought I'd give it a go. Got in and after a year or so of having fun racing around to emergencies, decided I wanted to do more. Did my studying and I'm now a detective taking some very nasty people off the streets.
  • Deleted user 23 July 2013 10:44:56
    doctor_nick wrote:
    Gah, I spend most days wondering what happened and working on my escape plan
    Haha, i do this all the time, i got paper everywhere, with ideas and lists of what i need to do, from mindless hours of boredom when we go through through quiet spells (basically september through to march).
  • Armoured_Bear 23 Jul 2013 10:45:54 8,748 posts
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    Software Engineer
    Studied Software Engineering at Uni in Edinburgh whilst being employed by a big defence company.
    Stayed on with there for 2 years after Uni then went to London->Germany->Glasgow->Nottingham->Germany->France->Switzerland.

    I need to look for a job for the first time in 8 years soon…

    XBL : ecosse011172
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  • Shikasama 23 Jul 2013 10:47:03 6,276 posts
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    Megapocalypse wrote:
    Police Officer. Quit uni as it was rubbish and dossed around playing computer games for about 5 years (QA at Eidos). Got bored of that around the same time the Met were recruiting and thought I'd give it a go. Got in and after a year or so of having fun racing around to emergencies, decided I wanted to do more. Did my studying and I'm now a detective taking some very nasty people off the streets.
    I would absolutely fucking love to have that same path
  • elstoof 23 Jul 2013 10:47:52 6,138 posts
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    You must be wicked at Phoenix Wright.
  • Steve_Perry 23 Jul 2013 10:49:01 2,444 posts
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    I think the company you work for makes a big difference to your overall job satisfaction too. I love my job but the company is a bit of a joke, so I will be looking to move soon.

    I worked for a smaller company on less money and the environment was much better. I was a lot happier there. The couple of hundred more I get now a month doesn't really seem worth it.

    VIVA STEFANSEN

  • Alastair 23 Jul 2013 10:49:05 14,953 posts
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    Megapocalypse wrote:
    Police Officer. Quit uni as it was rubbish and dossed around playing computer games for about 5 years (QA at Eidos). Got bored of that around the same time the Met were recruiting and thought I'd give it a go. Got in and after a year or so of having fun racing around to emergencies, decided I wanted to do more. Did my studying and I'm now a detective taking some very nasty people off the streets.
    I remember chatting to you in the pub once when you were a PCSO. (I think..??)
    Sounds like you've moved into an interesting area - good work!

    Not as nice as I used to be

  • Alastair 23 Jul 2013 10:49:31 14,953 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    You must be wicked at Phoenix Wright.
    Not if he's Detective Gumshoe!

    Not as nice as I used to be

  • CharlieStCloud 23 Jul 2013 10:50:06 4,671 posts
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    Some of you guys have 'top jobs' yet you post on here quite a lot!

    ... makes me smile.

    Anyways, I care for young adults with a variety of problems; at present, I look after two guys (one who is paralysed from waist down and the other has brain damage) who had a car and motorbike accident and my role is to ensure, albeit slowly, they can gain their independent again.

    Not great pay, but I very much doubt anyone on here gets a greater sense of job satisfaction than I do. It is nice to walk away knowing you have hopefully improved someone's quality of life.

    The only real negative are the ungrateful human beings outside of work; rude, arrogant, impolite and only think for themselves.

    Found myself into this line of work by pursuing eight months of voluntary work. Genuine volunteers are amazing people.
  • Derblington 23 Jul 2013 10:51:53 20,962 posts
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    Gameplay Analyst for a dev studio that most of you know.

    Ad in the paper for a publisher QA position was handed to me by a relative. Went to the open interview, got the job, after 2 months was offered an imbedded role at the studio for a year, got offered a full-time position at the studio 6 months after that.

    Just took my 7 year sabbatical a couple of months ago.
  • senso-ji 23 Jul 2013 10:57:43 5,314 posts
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    Started off doing standard IT support for a University 4 years ago. I now do the same thing, plus server admin and writing back-end php applications for our web services because our place is too stingy to hire proper professionals.

    So general IT dogsbody is how I describe my job.
  • neilka 23 Jul 2013 11:00:53 14,942 posts
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    I live in the back of Deckard's van and clean his tap dancing shoes for him. He pays me one Ginsters per day plus half a Twix for afters on Fridays!
  • Mr_Sleep 23 Jul 2013 11:01:37 16,247 posts
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    LeoliansBro wrote:
    I love Gross Pointe Blank.
    Thank you, my mind was racing for a moment trying to place the quote.

    I studied music technology but getting work in that area is pretty tough and requires entrepreneurial skills I am just not blessed with, so I ended up working a sector which sort of used my skills, although the company I worked for didn't really care to use my knowledge, now I'm unemployed. So, woo my degree.

    You are a factory of sadness.

  • Deleted user 23 July 2013 11:02:41
    Steve_Perry wrote:
    I think the company you work for makes a big difference to your overall job satisfaction too. I love my job but the company is a bit of a joke, so I will be looking to move soon.

    I worked for a smaller company on less money and the environment was much better. I was a lot happier there. The couple of hundred more I get now a month doesn't really seem worth it.
    I think that does make a big difference. I hate where i work. Some of the staff, really are fantastic people, with a surprising array of past life stories that always make me smile. Some of the customers are great too, it always goes to show don't judge people on appearances or personality, i am constantly surprised at work which is good.

    But the supermarket is family owned, and i have no chance of moving up the ladder because there is no real ladder to climb. The atmosphere where i work is toxic though at the moment. it is not a nice place to work, barring having the sanity of a few people to keep me going. But it all comes from the top down where it often feels as though we looked down upon and are stupid.

    I often thought of binning it and working in one of the bigger supermarket chains and working my way up, but i don't ever want to work in retail again. once (or a couple of times ) is enough. But at the same time, where i work is effecting me personally, and relationships i value with certain people.
  • Shikasama 23 Jul 2013 11:11:15 6,276 posts
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    @joelstinton Sounds like a shitty situation. Often people don't realise how simple it can be to change jobs though, even if it is something you would never have ordinarily thought of yourself doing, sometimes a change of atmosphere can be enough.

    I've seen enough of retail as a consultant to know that for the vast majority (i.e. those not on the corporate side) it is a terrible, soul sucking void that treats human capital like disposable garbage. Get right away from it.
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