What Line Of Work Are You In?
Posted 14 February 2012 - 09:09 PM
I know some people on here quite fiercely protect their private life and keep online and real life distanced, but others are happy to chat about anything and everything.
Others are in the middle. For instance I don't know Bond's real name (he still PM's with 'Message From BOND'), yet I know all about his Vodka/Red Bull and Ladyboy exploits! (still promised to pop to Manchester and get a session on! Should be interesting!)
Anyway, I thought if we admitted how we earn our bread there might be some mutual forum back scratching opportunities, which always go down well! (Example - I seem to recall a certain member who works for a very well known supermarket and had his hands on a copy or two of the last Call Of Duty game about a week before it was released)
So, me first.
I work in jewellery. Something I fell into about three years ago quite by accident. I was earning a decent salary (for a 25 year old anyway) working as a logistics and loading manager in the warehouse of a huge kitchen supply firm which went tits up. No redundancy, no pay out of any sort and completely out of the blue, so it left us totally in the mire. I applied for every position going for the next two months and found myself on the rock 'n roll with not much work around in my sector, so applied for a part time job in a local jewellers to tide us (myself and my now wife) through Christmas.
I thought I'd hate retail, but actually took to it really well. The downer was the pay - basically minimum wage with a few bonuses chucked in, but it was obviously made more bearable working with Rolex (although no other high end Swiss brands), and fed the passion for watches I already held. Anyway, I stuck that out until a whisper came through about 18 months ago that the Rolex agency was being pulled and was made redundant.
Bit of a kick in the teeth, but it actually turned out well.
I learned everything I could about retail while I was there and now co-own and run my own gaff in Bolton. Signed a lease last October, opened the doors in December and things are going great.
Watches aren't a huge part of our business - it's 90% jewellery - but because we buy and sell second hand jewellery, we've seen the odd watch sneak onto the books (and straight off again, into my watch box!)
So, if anyone needs repairs etc doing on the cheap, or valuations or just 'what should I pay for this', drop me a line and I'm happy to help forum members. Oh, and don't ever pay full price for a Swiss military related brand (Er, Army? Victoria...something?) Best not say the name!
Anything I can ever do to help out forum members (newbies and old guard alike) I'll sort it out.
Posted 14 February 2012 - 10:12 PM
Posted 14 February 2012 - 10:26 PM
Fantastic job, pretty much left to our devices, can go out when it's nice or stay in when it's wet. We also have on call rota - we are classed as first responders alongside police, fire etc (not really necessary imo, but means good overtime pay), which occasionally gets me out on the middle of the night to oversee a car being recovered from a river or advising on where a beached whale should be buried (both in the last month).
Edited by tall_tim, 14 February 2012 - 10:29 PM.
Posted 14 February 2012 - 10:28 PM
Posted 14 February 2012 - 10:49 PM
So, in place of that I'll tell you what I have done before I came into this job. I started off as a security alarm engineer, then moved sideways into fire alarms, a little more sideways into fire extinguishers, from there to nurse-call and door entry systems, then back into security alarms and CCTV.
Not very interesting, but far more interesting than what I do now
Posted 14 February 2012 - 10:52 PM
Posted 14 February 2012 - 10:58 PM
In my spare time I do repair and restore watches, so if you've got anything which doesn't need the quality of Ryte Time, Bienne, etc, or you don't want to pay those prices, let's talk. Who knows, I may be able to help
Posted 14 February 2012 - 11:03 PM
I started of as an electrician and ended up as a robotics engineer, not very exciting but it was a natural progression from being an electrician.
I just do what I want now, and that is why I am keen to learn about watches.
Posted 14 February 2012 - 11:08 PM
Posted 14 February 2012 - 11:20 PM
Posted 15 February 2012 - 03:33 AM
Everybody has to have a hidden talent
Had a go at all sorts over the years. When I left school I was working in a small privately owned shoe shop, mostly ladies back in the day when they would buy a matching set of bag, shoes & gloves. They did have a very small Gents and kids department as well, just me several older women and a couple of Saturday girls but my father deemed that to be for nancy boys and got me a proper job so I served my time in a big engineering factory.
Once I finished my apprenticeship I left home and that was the start of a bit of adventure, worked in various engineering places as well as bars, nightclubs odd jobs, sales really anything that paid a few quid I gave it a go. Then in the early 80's I got a job with another company that over the years opened or bought facilities pretty much all over the world hence my travels. I originally started just doing odd jobs in the machine shop then moved on to again having a go at just about anything that was going. Through that I got to go to most places and in later years got involved in purchasing which also got me various trip here and there.
I did that off and on until about 6 or 7 years ago then had enough, never home, in the UK we had places up and down the country so when I was home I was spending more time on the M1 than anything else, got divorced again and went on a vodka fuelled bender............for about a year
Met Big M, more party then she said it might be an idea to get a job again, so I took the first thing that came along and was working in a place making bits for JCB's. At this point ex wife was chasing for money house cars watches, you know how it works so basically sold up gave most of it to her and went on another vodka fuelled party. then my old company got in touch wanting me to go back again so Big M and I packed up and took off but as usual it was the same sh!t different country so after a while made a few quids again and yep you guessed more vodka partying and we legged it to Oz for a look to see what that was like. Didn't like it, $25 for a Vodka Red Bull and Bondi Beach was disappointing.
Home again a few odd jobs the last one of which went bust and I was paid off again then couldn't be ars@d so more partying and a concerted attempt to become a full time p!sshead alky but then Big M cut my allowance off refused to bankroll the party any more so back to work, this time making making and inspecting widgets for the likes of Brembo, Bosch and so on. Then about a years or so ago got laid off and started in another engineering place making high pressure fittings which I still do but getting itchy feet again so who knows
That's the short version,I've worked in America, Canada, Norway,Italy, Holland, Czech Republic, Middle East, Hong Kong, Singapore then splice into the above amongst other things 3 ex wives, Russian hookers, ladyboys, several lady friends, Corvettes, a load of Armani, some watches and lots of Vodka, the occasional arrest in far flung countries, almost being shot by a cop in LA, a couple of p!ssed off husbands here and there, lost in China, some serious boozing with President Stanislav, Big M passing out in various locations around the world and you get the general idea
So in reply to your original question, "what line of work are you in"
I'm an engineer
Posted 15 February 2012 - 06:34 AM
Moved from the big city to the bush, and the 710 and I are having the time of our lives...
Posted 15 February 2012 - 07:16 AM
From there I had a couple of years with Historic Scotland but found them too bureaucratic, did some private historical research for restoration projects and wrote briefly for a local magazine.
With steady work not forthcoming I finally bit the bullet and decided to become self employed dealing in antiques.
It's been a massive learning curve over the last 4 years but im turning a profit, building a good client base and most importantly I have a super relaxed life doing something I love!
So if you're ever short of cash for a new watch you can flog your antiques to me
Posted 15 February 2012 - 07:19 AM
Mines is one of the more mundane jobs but i do still enjoy it, it has its challenges.
Ive been a VW group technician for aprox ten years currently working in a skoda franchise for a certain Mr clark
Posted 15 February 2012 - 07:59 AM
I have been a TA soldier for 15 years serving in Iraq (x1) and Afghanistan (x2).
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