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What Does Everyone Do For A Living...or Not Do For That Matter

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school, labourer, school, bin man, college, barman, university, bar manager (resp. : corby & cork, london, cork, london, cork, cork & dundee, dundee, dundee)

then field service engineer (bloke with tool kit and passport) in semiconductor capitol equipment japan & the us.

redundant.

machine/equipment mover and installation engineer (bloke with tool kit and passport) mostly uk some france and holland. got bored left after a few years.

change job f.s.e different semicon company working all over europe, us and asia.

equipment engineer (maintenance) on site doing semiconductor reclaim - almost catatonic, ran away screaming (did say almost) after a year.

prototyping and software r&d for large japanses white goods manufacturer in the uk - survived 3 years there, sitting in a office/lab YUCK !!!!!.

back as an f.s.e. again working on x-ray equipment and undergoing training on gamma camera equipment.

busy UK schedule with some europe for a laff.

up until very recently i was not allowed to take pictures.

these days the kit i install, fix and/or upgrade is pretty dull looking.

so here is a shot of some of the stuff on my desk at the moment (slightly gathered together to make a better shot {but not much})

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on standby today so finally up to date with the paperwork and looking like i am not going to get a call - fingers crossed.

the job isn't too exciting but the travel is good, as is working with other mentals like meself.

we wont talk about the short time in sales :thumbsdown:

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What is that strange black thingy partially covered by your passport? It looks almost like it sould be a data storage device, but surely no one would (still) use such a strange device. It looks so... insubstantial? - so... floppy? :huh:

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machine/equipment mover and installation engineer (bloke with tool kit and passport)

Buy machine, ask about installation, all in the final price Mr Bond. Equipment arrives on site, bloke with tool kit arrives, I in a very round about way find out what expenses he has to play with. Full company credit card, jackpot !!!

Meet said bloke first night in hotel restaurant to discuss installation, move to bar, move to nearest boozer. I'm the customer & he's still paying. He's been told to look after me, another machine or maybe some more kit, the stuff I hinted at when I bought the first one. By day four or so we have progressed to better restaurant, better boozer and a night out in the local stripper bar. Job's a good un.

The good old days when it was all built into the price

:lol: :lol:

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I'm a shipping clerk for a global freight forwarder...Nothing exciting but it nearly pays the bills :)

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What is that strange black thingy partially covered by your passport? It looks almost like it sould be a data storage device, but surely no one would (still) use such a strange device. It looks so... insubstantial? - so... floppy? :huh:

i look after some stuff that is quite old, and is far cheaper and easier to maintain than newer overpriced and no better for clinical diagnostic work than most modern crap stuff.

work with floppys, disks, optical drives, jazz, scsi drives you name it. os2, unix and a few variants. its all good.

machine/equipment mover and installation engineer (bloke with tool kit and passport)

Buy machine, ask about installation, all in the final price Mr Bond. Equipment arrives on site, bloke with tool kit arrives, I in a very round about way find out what expenses he has to play with. Full company credit card, jackpot !!!

Meet said bloke first night in hotel restaurant to discuss installation, move to bar, move to nearest boozer. I'm the customer & he's still paying. He's been told to look after me, another machine or maybe some more kit, the stuff I hinted at when I bought the first one. By day four or so we have progressed to better restaurant, better boozer and a night out in the local stripper bar. Job's a good un.

The good old days when it was all built into the price

:lol: :lol:

Bond, what a bunch of suckers your suppliers must have been, either that or you are a real lounge lizard. :yes:

I was never authorised to entertain but still managed to pickle my liver, on the customers, for the best part of nine years. :ok:

710 could never understand why i didnt want to go out on the weekends when I was home. :whistle:

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actually thinking on there was a period back in the day when my employer at the time made a few bob out of upgrading plc and dos based systems to windows 3.1

almost as much of a rip off as the whole millenium bug scam - a few retired engineers came out of the woodwork and made a killing for a short while there too. sadly not me.

remember that - planes will fall from the sky, the grid will go down, doomed doomed i tell you :rofl2: no, fleeced more like !!!

please ignore any further posts by me for the rest of the weekend btw, the first bottle of red is about to be opened

:wine:

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What is that strange black thingy partially covered by your passport? It looks almost like it sould be a data storage device, but surely no one would (still) use such a strange device. It looks so... insubstantial? - so... floppy? :huh:

i look after some stuff that is quite old, and is far cheaper and easier to maintain than newer overpriced and no better for clinical diagnostic work than most modern crap stuff.

work with floppys, disks, optical drives, jazz, scsi drives you name it. os2, unix and a few variants. its all good.

machine/equipment mover and installation engineer (bloke with tool kit and passport)

Buy machine, ask about installation, all in the final price Mr Bond. Equipment arrives on site, bloke with tool kit arrives, I in a very round about way find out what expenses he has to play with. Full company credit card, jackpot !!!

Meet said bloke first night in hotel restaurant to discuss installation, move to bar, move to nearest boozer. I'm the customer & he's still paying. He's been told to look after me, another machine or maybe some more kit, the stuff I hinted at when I bought the first one. By day four or so we have progressed to better restaurant, better boozer and a night out in the local stripper bar. Job's a good un.

The good old days when it was all built into the price

:lol: :lol:

Bond, what a bunch of suckers your suppliers must have been, either that or you are a real lounge lizard. :yes:

I was never authorised to entertain but still managed to pickle my liver, on the customers, for the best part of nine years. :ok:

710 could never understand why i didnt want to go out on the weekends when I was home. :whistle:

You went home for the weekends !!!! :lol: :lol:

I had it down to a fine art, wined and dined and been all over the place on other peoples credit cards and expense accounts :D

On dealing with one sales manager it was decided that I needed a better look at their operation and supply chain. A week or so later he called and said the visit was all arranged. I was duly collected on the appointed day, 12 hrs and a couple of flights later, nice hotel and then a visit to the head office. The strangest head office I've ever been in :eek:

http://www.nanaplazabangkok.net/

One of my better trips with a supplier, Big Dogs was awesome !! :lol: :lol:

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I work for myself, import gear from the USA and sell it in kit form in the UK under various names. I work as little as I possibly can, maybe 10hours a week. I get by, I have "enough", I could earn more but I'd have to trade the time for cash and I will never do that, if everybody stopped at "enough" then they'd all be as happy as me. :)

Done too much to list here, done the Bond travel and company expense account and can empathise with what Des says about not wanting to "go out" when you are home. A great life if you could stay 30 years of age................. forever, however fundamnetally I was unsuited to company life, a boss, targets, timescales etc I am scatterbrained and need to be "free".

Off to Barcelona later today, my "luggage" is below.

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I had it down to a fine art, wined and dined and been all over the place on other peoples credit cards and expense accounts :D

On dealing with one sales manager it was decided that I needed a better look at their operation and supply chain. A week or so later he called and said the visit was all arranged. I was duly collected on the appointed day, 12 hrs and a couple of flights later, nice hotel and then a visit to the head office. The strangest head office I've ever been in :eek:

http://www.nanaplazabangkok.net/

One of my better trips with a supplier, Big Dogs was awesome !! :lol: :lol:

Just looked a Big Dogs! :D

Two reviews written for the place:

"Still the best location for observing the comings and goings in both Nana Plaza and along Soi Nana. It comes as little surprise that Big Dog’s Bar draws a busy crowd from early evening until closing time. Big Dogs Bar operates with two shifts of bar girls. Still remains the most popular beer bar in Nana Plaza. The friendly Canadian Walter is doing a good job of running Big Dog’s Bar with his Thai team. Big Dogs Bar has two plasma TV screens, which show major sports events. They stock a good range of bottled beers and spirits. Friendly bargirls are an added bonus, although Big Dog’s has less attractive bar girls than previously. However, Big Dog’s still draws the crowds from afternoon until closing time."

And

"Expensive beers, ugly and moody girls !"

Oooooh, someone didn't get their end away!

:tongue2:

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I make continuous timber handrail, and the odd piece of furniture for home.

Ah at last a never ending job.

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I'm an accountant for the UKs largest mobile phone network

Mark

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I've not got many before and after pics.

I work for an artist, easiest way to describe it, making the designs look like what they are supposed to using a variety of equipment/techniques. I also do repairs, help people with commissions and sweat a lot in the summer.

I enjoy it but the pay is crap and i meet far too many rich people :(

Turning this.. (working for myself with this one)

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Into this..

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Currently retired. After Military College, I joined the Air Force then the Mounties. This was my first assignment.

( This is almost true... :D )

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Professional porn movie star apprentice. Tough job but someone's gotta do it :P

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Professional porn movie star apprentice. Tough job but someone's gotta do it :P

It's not a job to be proud of when you're self-employed :tongue2:

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Professional porn movie star apprentice. Tough job but someone's gotta do it :P

Must be hard.....

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Great thread.

Left home in Glasgow at 19 to venture "daan saaf" into the mysterious world of IT (or DP as IT was known in those days).

Never looked back and have lived in the RG postcode area ever since.

Left the civil service after 5 years of programming fun, great training, nice people and lots of beer - to join a tiny software company as employee number 4. Got made redundant by Iris after 22 years of software design, development, deployment and project management, leaving behind 300 staff, £30m turnover and a directorship. But I got a fantastic wife and 2 terrific sons out of it. So I'm well up on the deal.

Did some consultancy work for a bit then worked as Development Projects Manager for a small software house in Bucks for 4 years until made redundant after a recent takeover.

Just started this week as a Projects Manager at a terrific company in Croydon and really enjoying it already.

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Just started this week as a Projects Manager at a terrific company in Croydon and really enjoying it already.

Congratulations on your new job. Glad to hear that you're back in the game!

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Old Bill/Copper/The Filth*

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After 10 years in the Uni sector I fancied a change and some adventure so I joined the Police. Loved every minute so far, even the 'duller' bits, and am currently attached to our Crime Squad. There's plenty of work to keep me occupied - went in at midday yesterday and got in at 6am this morning after knocking in a few doors in the early hours. There's at least two fewer amateur pharmasists out tonight, so I'm happy with that. Apart from job satisfaction, I get the bonus of some terrific banter on a daily basis...

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Museum & science centre exhibition designer - mostly retired now.

Samples.....

Kew Gardens

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Magna

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Natural History Museum

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Currently a 3rd year geography student at glasgow uni

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Magna

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Very strange place Magna. A friend took me there when I was up visiting in the early 2000s.

I couldn't quite understand what they were getting at.

Seemed to be sold as a science/activity park thingy, but it came across as an advert for the steel industry - like a big trade show aimed at kids.

The millenium dome left me with a similar impression.

It looked nice though.

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I'm a senior (old) field service engineer for a major American scientific equipment company. I service mainly hospital and university laboratory equipment. Incubators, normal and CO2, ovens, orbital incubators, shakers, all types of centrifuges from 4000 RPM bench-top models up to floor standing 80,000 RPM units. I also used to service microscopes. I joined the original company (MSE) in 1965 and spent five years in various assembly departments then another five in Final Test and Inspection followed by what seemed to me to be the logical step into the Service Department. Morris 1300 vans then, through all the Hillman Avengers, all the Fords from Mk III Cortina estates onward, Sierra models, all of them. A couple of Mondeos, then onto BMW saloons. I'm on my second one now. Black 3 series 2.0D SE. I should have retired last June at 65 but was asked to stay on to assist any training. A great job that's taken me all over the world. Anyone from MSE, then Fisons Instruments, then Thermo Scientific (we've been 'bought and merged' several times) please feel free to contact me. It'd be great to hear from you. Chris Webb

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Great thread.

Left home in Glasgow at 19 to venture "daan saaf" into the mysterious world of IT (or DP as IT was known in those days).

Never looked back and have lived in the RG postcode area ever since.

Left the civil service after 5 years of programming fun, great training, nice people and lots of beer - to join a tiny software company as employee number 4. Got made redundant by Iris after 22 years of software design, development, deployment and project management, leaving behind 300 staff, £30m turnover and a directorship. But I got a fantastic wife and 2 terrific sons out of it. So I'm well up on the deal.

Did some consultancy work for a bit then worked as Development Projects Manager for a small software house in Bucks for 4 years until made redundant after a recent takeover.

Just started this week as a Projects Manager at a terrific company in Croydon and really enjoying it already.

Nice one, Brendan....good luck!

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