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Re: What do you do?

Post by SirClive » Fri May 04, 2012 1:59 pm

For a living? Incident management for a major bank's online banking.

Do you enjoy it? Nope. Used to think I would stay there forever, but a merger/takeover and 180 degree shift in management attitude to people means I pretty much hate every minute of it these days.

Is the money any good? And there is the rub. It is damn fine money for what I do.

Are you glad you chose it as a career? Never really chose it as a career, just stumbled into it. But no, I think it is a very boring profession.

What would you do instead? I think I would run a video gaming events company ;-)
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Re: What do you do?

Post by TwoHeadedBoy » Fri May 04, 2012 4:19 pm

For a living?
I'm a shop-slave, but not on the tills, just all the manual stuff.

Do you enjoy it?
The people are great (even the arseholes, as I can have fun taking the mickey out of them), and it's a three-minute walk from home, and it keeps me fit, and I get a lie-in everyday, so yeah.

Is the money any good?
2p above minimum wage, six days a week, means I never get to do anything ever unless I book a holiday. Late hours and my only day off is on a Tuesday, so don't really get to see anyone, ever.

Are you glad you chose it as a career?
Didn't really choose it, I was out of work for a couple of years and got offered the job just to get me back in the right frame of mind again. That was around three years ago, and as it's run like a family business, and I'm the only one who actually does any work besides the boss, I'm more-or-less stuck there until he retires.

What would you do instead?
Something with animals probably. Maybe at the Martin Mere wildfowl reserve, or Chester Zoo if I ever get around to learning how to drive.
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Re: What do you do?

Post by Antiriad2097 » Sat May 05, 2012 4:44 am

What do you do for a living?

I'm a First Line Service Manager for DWP. Basically the first person the staff contact if the IT falls over or they need access to something, its basic remote tech support.

Do you enjoy it?

I used to, but they're cutting staff by 70% over the next couple of years and moving further away from hands on work. I'm now mostly a middle man for fixing faults, taking the calls and passing them on to the company that runs stuff. Other than that its fairly dull user management, processing forms to amend people's access rights. I don't dislike it, but the challenge has been removed.

Is the money any good?

Its alright, around £25k. Comparable with the wages in private industry for the same role. I'm still well skint though, payng off loans and credit cards. I do get 25 days paid leave, plus bank holidays and stuff. Usually work 8:30 til 5, but we operate flexi time so I can sort of come and go when I want within reason. Big advantage with that is you can build up some hours and have time off with it, though I tend to just build an hour or so the rest of the week so I can leave early on a Thursday.

Are you glad you chose it as a career?
I originally chose to be an engineering design draughtsman and served my time as that, but very quickly decided that it wasn't for me. I fell into that as I found it easy, but I didn't like the profit driven aspect of it. Hence I moved to a government department (with some other odd jobs along the way like sales assistant).

19 years I've been there now, initially on the front lines dealing with unemployed people, taking claims, signing them, went round all the advisory positions. A bit over 10 years ago the IT support role had a reshuffle and I was dropped into that as I had the knack for it. I'm not unhappy I chose it, but its not the same place it used to be and the job has changed dramatically. Some aspects for the better, some for the worse. Sadly with the cutbacks I can't see me being there much longer, I don't think there'll be any more IT jobs in my area and I don't want to go back to the front.

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Re: What do you do?

Post by SexyWayne » Sat May 05, 2012 6:25 am

MOT tester / Car Mechanic

I enjoy pissing people off when their cars fail :D but overall I don't really enjoy it, for the responsibility the job entails I feel so unappreciated, people think the MOT is just another hoop they have to jump through to get their car taxed, they don't seem to realise the trouble I can get into if I do them "favours" fair enough if it's a bulb or some little thing it fails on I'll change the bulb for em, I think most people see me as being no better than a traffic warden, when the goverment comes up with all these new ideas for road safety I'm the bloke that has to enforce them... I'm on the frontline of road safety, where the goverment meets the people :lol: , but in all seriousness thats exactly what the job is, a lot of people seem to think that we just work for somebody who wants to make money out of their cars failing, in reality... when I log a car on for a MOT, I do it on behalf of some goverment department so basically I become a civil servant..

Cashy / Money

Bloody terrible pay for the responsibility thats put on me, at my VTS I'm the site manager, admin, nominated tester and quality controller.. when the crap hits the fan it lands on me, but because I'm there on my own I only have myself to blame for any c0ck ups, I currently take home around £315 per week, I've been offered other jobs for a lot more, but the thing is at my current place I've got my own MOT bay completely seperate from the other workshops, I'm in there on my own all day with my music and I get left alone, it's easy work, I'm basically my own boss, on the MOT side of things I'm the one in charge.. it's bliss :D

Career

I wish I could have been a pronstar, or rockstar..

What would I do instead?

Dunno, all my life it's been cars.. my old man is a mechanic so I guess thats why I got into the trade, I think the next logical step for me is actually working for VOSA themselves.. roadside checks, MOT scheme enforcement etc..

I always wanted to work on aeroplanes, but I think I've left it a little too late for that, I'm 38 and I don't think a lot of my skills would translate into a completely different industry, a spanner is a spanner, but I've not seen many cars with turbines :lol:

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Re: What do you do?

Post by The Angry Jock » Sat May 05, 2012 7:05 am

For a living?

Structural Technician; I basically draught blueprints.

Do you enjoy it?

Yes. Always wanted to work in the industry. I'm vastly overqualified for my job but I'm not fussed as there's little real responsibility and I f*ck around on computers building models. Being in stuctural engineering is a bit more varied than working in environment/transportation I feel (although I am involved occassionally)...at the moment it's a bit samey as I'm fairly specialised in reinforced concrete detailing (not many people want to do it surprisingly), but I should be moving back onto steelwork at the end of the month as new projects drop in.

The software also moves pretty quickly, it's good learning new things rather than just clicking away on the same buttons for eternity (although I find that time served technicians tend to want to keep it that way to retain their tenuous grip on power - more fool them).

The hours are fairly flexible aswell, which is good for me at the moment with sprog.

Is the money any good?

Not for me, I should be on at least 25% more but I started just before the crash on a low salary to get my foot in the door and it's taking an absolute age to move up to anything near reflecting my ability...it doesn't help that I'm being paid less than people who know less than me and do the bare minimum.

Are you glad you chose it as a career?

Yes. I've done a wide variety of jobs, fell into all of them, all of them bored me. The worst job I had was a teller for Clydesdale Bank, I'm not a salesmen but that was nothing compared to dealing with the general public and their bank accounts.

What would you do instead?

Whatever, I'm a man of many talents 8)
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Re: What do you do?

Post by Black Ridge » Sat May 05, 2012 3:35 pm

I'm an assistant manager at a convenience store. start at 5am and finish around 2pm most days. Its nice finishing early most days to spend time with my family and chill playing games. Its nice chatting to the locals and its a nice area so there is little chavscum activity :D

worst part about my job was probably the day 3 blokes came in at 6am and held me, my manager and another staff member up with blalaclavas and machetes at the ready. i actually thought i was going to die. cant help but look over my shoulder most mornings despite it being nearly 2years ago now. it definately changed my outlook on work though.

at the end of the day its a job but nothing is worth my life. if it ever happens again i will call it a day and try something else. this was my first job and ive been there over 5years now from the age of 18.

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Re: What do you do?

Post by Rayne » Sat May 05, 2012 4:46 pm

For a living? Do you enjoy it? Is the money any good? Are you glad you chose it as a career? What would you do instead?

I work in hospitality, mainly as a front of house receptionist

I love it, I get to meet & greet loads of different people each day, I'm constantly being given new challenges and I have to be able to think on my feet to get through a shift without abuse.

The money's good enough to live the way I do, certainly higher than minimum wage

Never intended to choose it as a career, however now that I'm doing a working holiday in Canada (a country crying-out for workers in hospitality) I sure am!

What would I do instead? Be a rock star, naturally 8)

--As a side note it's VERY interesting to hear what careers all of you have :) some are really out of left field and others I can totally picture :lol:
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Re: What do you do?

Post by PrimalScientist » Sat May 05, 2012 5:07 pm

Hello All,

Well, I use AutoCAD. I used to enjoy it, but not anymore. I find it censored boring.

I work for TfL, the money is censored, but truth be told, I am just happy to be working at the moment...

Never intended to do this as a career though.

What would I do instead? I would love to work in the banking industry coding for hedge funds and trading.
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Re: What do you do?

Post by Smurph » Sat May 05, 2012 5:20 pm

For a living?

I'm chief projectionist in in arthouse cinema

Do you enjoy it?

Love it. I used to be in multiplexes, but the hours were awful and it felt like a production line. This is far more interesting, even if I don't enjoy many of the films. We do a wide variety of stuff along with the film, director Q&As, stuff like that. I get to meet a lot of interesting industry figures (personal favourite: Crispin Glover, ie Marty McFly's dad - as mad as a bag of cats, but really awesome too).

Is the money any good?

Not bad, it pays the bills.

Are you glad you chose it as a career?

Totally. Followed in my dad's footsteps, he was a projectionist from the 1950's through to a couple of years ago when he retired, and he taught me the profession. I wanted to do it since the first time I stepped foot in the projection box.

What would you do instead?

I toyed with doing film editing for a while, really enjoyed it in my college media course.
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Re: What do you do?

Post by The Hardest of All Freds » Sun May 06, 2012 9:33 am

I'm a Hygiene manager at a massive bakery in Oxfordshire. Basically my job is to tell Polish people to clean stuff. Ok.. there is more to it than that but the money is ok, the hours are great and we have an ace canteen.
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Re: What do you do?

Post by oldtimer » Sun May 06, 2012 11:39 am

I work for a Japanese company in Heavy industries R&D dept, the hours are long (very long) the pressure is high, they pay is good,but you need to put in the hours to get recognition.
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Re: What do you do?

Post by Megamixer » Sun May 06, 2012 1:15 pm

For a living?
I work as general branch assistant in a wholesale warehouse. There's a quite a lot of different roles/areas of the business that I have to multi-task in so while it's pretty low-level stuff, it isn't just putting stuff on shelves.

Do you enjoy it?
I used to always enjoy it now only sometimes. Most of the people I really got on with when I started have left or been fired for various reasons so comparing it today to how it was makes it feel like a completely different place yet familiar at the same time if that makes any sense? Lately it's been a mix of 'okay' days and terrible days where everything goes wrong and too much gets piled on too few people by a company that refuses to invest in decent staffing levels. Being in wholesale, most of the customers are regulars on a daily basis so we get to know them and that's cool. Not all of them are people I enjoy seeing but it's easier to have a chat with people you are familar with rather than working in a supermarket where you don't recognise many people.

Is the money any good?
It's not amazing but it's enough for me at the moment. I'm 21 and still at home so my only real expenses are board and my car.

Are you glad you chose it as a career?
It chose me! I got the job after being stuck at the Jobcentre for well over a year and flukily landing a compulsary work placement. I ended the placement and got asked back for a job some months later. It's not what I saw myself going for but with the way things are these days, I wasn't going to turn a job down.

The only downside is that I badly needed the job to get away from benefits/JCP/forced course so I had to accept working all day Saturday and Sunday which has stuck ever since due to crappy weekend staffing meaning that the company are super-reluctant to shift weekend staffer's hours onto weekdays...

What would you do instead?
I honestly have no idea and never have. Even as a kid I never had the wild ambitions/silly dream jobs that most have. I'm into my art and character design so maybe something along those lines but with the hours I work I just have very little time to develop my skills or take the idea seriously. The physical nature of my work means that I'm always knackered getting home so motivation is a b1tch to find.
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Re: What do you do?

Post by Dam » Sun May 06, 2012 1:47 pm

Megamixer wrote:For a living?
I work as general branch assistant in a wholesale warehouse. There's a quite a lot of different roles/areas of the business that I have to multi-task in so while it's pretty low-level stuff, it isn't just putting stuff on shelves.
I do this too! Which company do you work for? Not Booker?

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Re: What do you do?

Post by Megamixer » Sun May 06, 2012 1:53 pm

Dam wrote:
Megamixer wrote:For a living?
I work as general branch assistant in a wholesale warehouse. There's a quite a lot of different roles/areas of the business that I have to multi-task in so while it's pretty low-level stuff, it isn't just putting stuff on shelves.
I do this too! Which company do you work for? Not Booker?
Maybe...are you from an enemy company? :wink:
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Re: What do you do?

Post by Dam » Sun May 06, 2012 2:22 pm

Megamixer wrote:
Dam wrote:
Megamixer wrote:For a living?
I work as general branch assistant in a wholesale warehouse. There's a quite a lot of different roles/areas of the business that I have to multi-task in so while it's pretty low-level stuff, it isn't just putting stuff on shelves.
I do this too! Which company do you work for? Not Booker?
Maybe...are you from an enemy company? :wink:
No, I work for Booker! I've been there about 7 months, just Saturdays and Sundays, which has killed what little social life I had! Still needs must and all that.

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