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Title: Occupations?????
Post by: grandad on October 14, 2008, 03:35:18 am
I am naturally curious (nosy)
SOOOOOOO~~~~~~ what does every one do for a living??  (or not)  Me? I am a retired newspaper reporter specializing in motorsports!
I also have been a pressman, sheet and web presses along with anything else connected to  the pulp!

Larry
Title: Re: Occupations?????
Post by: oldiron on October 14, 2008, 03:46:55 am
Well right now I'm semi retired, I work part time in a local model and hobby store. That said my past has been chequered with a number of occupations such as: stationary engineer in coal fired power stations, operator in nuclear power stations, power system dispatcher, industrial mechanic, steam boat marine engineer, farmer (sheep and cattle), had my own business buying, selling and moving railway equipment. Haven't stopped yet, just taking a breather until I decide what next to do.

John
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Post by: das boot on October 14, 2008, 04:29:58 am
Always been a trucker....done general haulage, furniture removal (household, office, flat pack delivery) done heavy haulage (wide load stuff with escorts) hauled glass around the country, delivered electrical stuff...morew recently (last fifteen years) worked on our local council driving RCV's (dustcarts) then onto a LHD sweeper....then the heart attack. Now I drive a 7.5 tonne puddle jumper  (:embarrassed:) delivering replacement wheelie bins....

Rich
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Post by: Peter Fitness on October 14, 2008, 05:54:40 am
I spent 36 years in the meat industry, mainly in the abattoir side of it. Our family owned 4 butcher shops in our area, plus a small abattoir servicing other butchers in a 60km radius. After we sold the business, in 1990, I drove coaches on a part time basis for 12 years. I had friends who owned a coach company in Byron Bay, NSW, and they asked me if I would help out. Most of the work was long distance stuff with school excursions to Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane. We also did a lot of work for the local Uni, going to such places as Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide Townsville and the NSW snow fields. I retired properly in 2003 after the coach company was sold.

Peter.
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Post by: barryfoote on October 14, 2008, 08:20:14 am
I started out working in a photography and camera shop, semi professional cricketer, police officer for 22 years. Retired for the first time and then started my own Property Maintenance Company down here in Spain, but gave that up after a year or so and retired again. Now I just do some building work on a very part time basis...No time for much work now as too busy being retired,,,
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Post by: mikgo on October 14, 2008, 08:40:57 am
I drive a double decker bus that is a mobile classroom and teach computers also I drive coach tours mostly abroad. I have also been a train driver and driven large construction equipment and worked in a brewery.

mikgo
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Post by: nhp651 on October 14, 2008, 08:45:04 am
I spent 22 years as a woodwork and then craft design and technology teacher, including two years down under in Canberra,OZ teaching "industrial arts" ( posh name for woodwork) before reaching the dizzy heights of head of department and then suffering a nervous breakdown and retiring on ill health grounds.
Then spent 10 glorious years driving and operating  a mobile library around the country lanes of the Fylde coast before having a bad accident and injuring my back, causing a second retirement,
Now I just potter in my workshop making models, playing with my classic MG, and moaning about the injusticies of the Grand prix season. {-)
What a wonderful life :-))
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Post by: Guy Bagley on October 14, 2008, 08:53:40 am
i build stuff with lego bricks - and have done for 17 years now.... i'll never grow up ! %%
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Post by: David_S on October 14, 2008, 08:59:24 am
I teach English at a university in Finland, having previously spent 16 years working for BBC TV in London. A bit of changer and variety never hurt anyone.
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Post by: SteamboatPhil on October 14, 2008, 09:02:39 am
Actor (both child and adult) but who likes being poor  :(  I now run a production company specialising in the technicial side (lighting, sound, video etc) of corporate and live events, confrences and exhibitions   :-)
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Post by: Shipmate60 on October 14, 2008, 09:25:44 am
Marine Engineer since 1978. From harbour tugs and craft, to ocean going salvage tugs to Mooring ships and survey vessels.

Bob
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Post by: FullLeatherJacket on October 14, 2008, 09:57:16 am
Customs and Excise Senior Officer for 31 years. Gratefully accepted early retirement in 2006. Inherited small model electronics business from dying friend. Now work 25/8 plaiting fog, knitting spiders' webs, squaring circles and generally trying to bring practical model boat gizmos to the huddled masses. I'm told my reward will be great in the after-life............ {-)
FLJ
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Post by: wideawake on October 14, 2008, 10:17:23 am
BBC television technical side man and boy!   I joined in 1962 aged 18 and took redundancy (voluntary) in 1996.  Started as a Technical Assistant and ended as a Lighting Director/Tech Co-ordinator.   Bought the canal boat i'd dreamed of having since going on canal holidays 1968 - 1973.  I expected to become a bit of a water gypsy but the 'phone started ringing and I've spent most of the last 12 years working freelance mainly back at BBC Cardiff.   For the last 5 years I've additionally joined a boating friend working as second tech touring in a 7 1/2 tonner doing seminar tech set-ups for a well-known national organisation connected with freight.   We're retiring from that at the end of the year and the BBC work is tailing off now so proper retirement is approaching and with it more time to build models.

As a sideline I did the degree I'd not had the chance to do in the '60s (2 A-levels.  Sorry son not good enough to get into university.  How things have changed) with the OU and got a first of which I'm inordinately proud.

I now live part time on my present canal boat.

Cheers

Guy
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Post by: chingdevil on October 14, 2008, 10:39:21 am
Been in engineering since leaving school, at the moment I am a technician for a soft drinks company. Hope to retire in four and a half years.


Brian
Title: Re: Occupations?????
Post by: Peterm on October 14, 2008, 10:49:47 am
24 years in the Armed Forces (Army), mainly bomb disposal, then 25 years as a sort of Civil Servant, training others to do it.    Pete M
Title: Re: Occupations?????
Post by: Garabaldy on October 14, 2008, 10:56:12 am
Im a draughtsman for a diving company.  We build these big saturation dive systems which go in side the dive support vessels.  We build all the equipment to make them work, gas recover, bells etc.   We have also built a submarine rescue system for NATO which you may have seen on the news.  So i draw all the stuff.
Title: Re: Occupations?????
Post by: DickyD on October 14, 2008, 11:36:48 am
Started off as an apprentice carpenter, then worked up to joiner.
Studied for and became Surveyor.
Went into business with my cousin doing general building in the Hampstead and St Johns Wood area of London.
Got totally fed up with the building game, so took my HGV1 test and went truck driving for what was at the time the largest tranporter of temperature controlled goods in the country. A firm well known for its whaling fleet.
Had to retire early through ill health.
Title: Re: Occupations?????
Post by: RipSlider on October 14, 2008, 12:34:09 pm
I started as a temp at an insurance company a few years ago just wanting some beer money over the summer holidays.

Some how, I now design computer systems for big blue chip companies and some of the Aero/mil complex at home and abroad - including Poland which is a very depressing place especially if you have to work in an old WWII bunker for 10 hours a day as I have been doing recently.

Just as mysteriously, I seem to have a large number of Indian chaps and chappesses working for me - or along side me at least, a group in the US and some other bodies in Hungary turned up a few weeks ago, but I've only met one of the Hungarian people so far, and I'm half hoping that the others don't exist, as actually being a grown up and needing to give all these people some work to do is most worrying  and *far* too much responsibility for someone who still laughs at jokes with the word "poo" in them and finds the thought of being a parent soon so scary it keeps me awake at night.

Actually sitting down working out how I went from one to the other is - as I have found when I went to write this message - not very easy.

I think that I just kept saying "yes" when people asked me to do things. there has never been any sort of a plan or cunning idea behind it - I think i just bumbled along and have so far been lucky. Whats is the most odd thing is that I don't think I actually *like* designing computer systems and I have no real idea how I came to be doing it.

Hoping to retire before I'm 35, or at least pack in what I'm doing with enough cash to allow me to go back to school and learn something that interests me and then go and do that. And also have enough to pay for Mrs Steve's shoe habit, which is not insignificant. And I expect that Steve Jr will probably not be very cheap!

Steve
Title: Re: Occupations?????
Post by: cbr900 on October 14, 2008, 01:07:41 pm
I joined the Army when I left school back in 1961, then after three years started driving Semi Trailers
from Sydney to Melbourne three times a week for fifteen years, six thousand miles a week..
Then went full interstate for twenty years and finally got a proper job at home doing aircon
servicing for two years and retired at 55, nearly ten years ago, still having a ball.......


Roy
Title: Re: Occupations?????
Post by: swordfish fairey on October 14, 2008, 01:10:41 pm
First off I was a motor mechanic, then joined the R.N as an airframes and engines mechanic, did 22 years. My last job was as Flight engineer on vintage aircraft for the Navy, but I have had to give it up as I am now too old to fly ( military wise),so I am semi-retired but looking for something to keep me active, apart from model boats of course.......... :-\..........Smudge
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Post by: Liverbudgie2 on October 14, 2008, 01:32:22 pm
Presently part of the IT team at a school in Liverpool and busy replacing equipment fried when there was a power surge over the weekend.

Previously I have been a professional photographer doing all sorts of things, written and illustrated pieces for a certain marine related model magazine though just how this will continue remains to be seen at present.

Hope to retire in four years at the latest and then travel or move to oz.

LB
Title: Re: Occupations?????
Post by: Richie on October 14, 2008, 02:00:30 pm
Started in family firm running private hire coaches. Have spent last 20 years as quality engineer for pressings at a car manufacturing plant.
Hope that SWMBO will decide she has bought enough shoes and will let me retire some day!  ::)
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Post by: boatmadman on October 14, 2008, 05:10:33 pm
Ran away to merchant navy at 16, then moved into chenmical industry in mid 20's, for last17 yrs been in a power station as shift engineer.
Title: Re: Occupations?????
Post by: Bryan Young on October 14, 2008, 06:12:28 pm
Simple sailor...happily retired.
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Post by: omra85 on October 14, 2008, 08:07:01 pm
Lots of diversity on here then - lets see if I can add to it -

Petrol pump attandant (first job - when they didn't have self service pumps)
Police cadet (left before 'promotion' to Constable - it was like having the plague!)
Bus conductor (remember when there was someone to keep the peace and stop vandalism?)
Army (driving High Mobility Load Carrier, DJ and squadron bar manager - happy days)
Lorry driver (Albion flat bed with bloodstains on the cab roof where the last guy 'had an accident'!)
Chemical Process Operator (using 97.5% Sulfuric acid which after reaction gave off lots of lovely acid steam - cough, cough!)
Pub landlord (something most want to do, crap hours, plus I discovered everybody could get drunk - except me!)
Engineering (everything from press setting to turning - left during the famous 3-day week episode)
Camera salesman (actually 'manager' of 2 person camera dept in Comet!)
Photography technician (design college - someone offered me the job after coming in to Comet and getting my advice on photos)
Photographic hand printer (money was ok, but couldn't put up with working in a "dark cupboard" all day)
Audio Visual Technician (looking after tv's and videos in a University)
Audio Visual Manager (now looking after a team of 8 who fit and maintain AV equipment in another University)

Hope to retire in 3 years (and join Footski, if I can talk SWMBO into it ;-)
Met the wife when I was doing a spell of Big Dipper driving on Yarmouth seafront during my 'holidays' (ran out of cash).

Needless to say, most of these DON'T appear on my CV - so keep it schtum - OK!

Hope that's diverse enough - my brain hurts just thinking about it. Probably inherited (my parents moved 9 times before I was 16 - I kept finding them though)  {-)

Danny
Title: Re: Occupations?????
Post by: andyn on October 14, 2008, 09:15:14 pm
Professional nothing do-er, 1992 to present day.... ok2
Title: Re: Occupations?????
Post by: bobdoc on October 14, 2008, 09:28:12 pm
Wow, what an interesting set of CVs, so interesting and varied. All you guys seem to have simply said yes and enjoyed what followed or just stuck with what youare/have been good at.

Me? I started remunerated employment pick soft fruit the, while a student, progresses to long glorious summer months working on a grouse moor in Angus.

Now? Well three jobs moulded into one as a GP and informatician: with a ready to roll shed/workshop and lots of boats to be made

Mustn't leave it too late, though!

Bobdoc
Title: Re: Occupations?????
Post by: andygh on October 14, 2008, 09:29:15 pm
So let me get this straight, various members of the forum want me to post a photo of myself, a map of where I live and a list of my jobs, what's next, my bank details & a copy of my birth certificate?  {-)
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Post by: Colin Bishop on October 14, 2008, 09:42:24 pm
What's your wife like? Do you have any daughters of marriageable age?  {-)
Title: Re: Occupations?????
Post by: andygh on October 14, 2008, 09:53:42 pm
My daughter is certainly of marriageable age but her mental age I'm not so sure about ;)
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Post by: omra85 on October 14, 2008, 10:33:55 pm
what's next, my bank details & a copy of my birth certificate?

Damn fine idea Andy - my bank details are:

Account holder - Dr. A. Mogodonahah
Account number - 118118
Bank - Royal Bank of Seenyacumin, Bulawayo, Africa

Now yours ......

PS  For an introduction to your daughter, I will deposit 6,000,000 in your account.
Title: Re: Occupations?????
Post by: chingdevil on October 14, 2008, 10:40:54 pm
Danny

Could you not take my daughter instead, it will save me paying for a wedding {-) {-) {-) {-) {-) {-)


Brian
Title: Re: Occupations?????
Post by: Weeds on October 15, 2008, 12:24:15 am
My daughter is certainly of marriageable age but her mental age I'm not so sure about ;)
  {-)
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Post by: Bunkerbarge on October 15, 2008, 08:58:08 am
Thrown out of school in '75, discovered girls and motorbikes, and couldn't decide which was most fun.  Finally settled on motorbikes!!

Since then marine engineer, merchant navy, with a coule of years building ski lifts and a couple of years ashore as Cunards Technical training Officer.  Started on cargo ships, box boats N Atlantic, character building, then to Cunard before current employer.  Now Chief Engineer of a large cruise ship.
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Post by: catengineman on October 15, 2008, 08:33:11 pm
Just an engineer on a ship,

have tried driving trucks and specialist movement units
have tried plant opperator / tower and demountable crane erector, did a bit in the building trade

"how you chaps put up with land life working make my head hurt"

but cant get the sea and diesel out from under my skin (what mum and the spanner says to me all the time)

R,
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Post by: riggers24 on October 15, 2008, 09:23:00 pm
At present I work for a company that make flexible pipe lines for the offshore industry, most of our work is in the gulf of mexico. I am in charge of all of the pressure testing, average test pressures are 6000psi but I have a project coming through that is going to be tested to 23500psi.

Previous to this I have made myson radiators and aircraft fasteners for BAE in Rugby
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Post by: kiwimodeller on October 15, 2008, 09:48:02 pm
Started as a motor mechanic eventually owning my own workshop then got in to a shop building and selling Go Karts and similar fun thing which meant we got to race in Aus and USA and visit the UK to check out how it was done there. Set up several indoor rental kart facilities and just kept getting busier and busier so sold out to my staff in 1998 and moved away from the big smoke to a small country town. Went back to Polytech for a year to study sport and recreation with an emphasis on sport for people with disabilities at age 52 and the next oldest in my class was half my age so that was fun. Got presented with a tee shirt that said "Youth Skill and Enthusiasm can always be beaten - by Age experience and Treachery". Nowadays work as much as I need tp feed us and do some community work, currently on a one year contract to get more young people in our district in to apprenticeships but soon will be unemployed again. Try and live by the Ulysses Club moto of "Grow Old Disgracefully"!
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Post by: grasshopper on October 15, 2008, 10:49:53 pm
Started work as a watchmakers apprentice (hated the workshop life), then went into financial services (hated high pressure selling) Joined the leisure industry in the late 70s.
Now run a gaming and amusement machine leasing company, supplying pubs and clubs with coin operated equipment. Started with the company as a service engineer in 1984 and bought the business 1997.

Can't wait to retire - so many things to do that work has got in the way of!
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Post by: meechingman on October 16, 2008, 06:45:10 pm
Started as an organist (well what other occupation pays you to play with an organ every night - er, don't answer that!)
Then took a break from the travelling when the kids were little, bluffed my way into an IT post (I knew more than the interviewer, but that was about it!) Had to learn verrrry fast!
Then back to the organ until I got fed up with the travelling again.
Now a music and IT teacher.
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Post by: Bryan Young on October 16, 2008, 07:00:04 pm
Started off as an apprentice carpenter, then worked up to joiner.
Studied for and became Surveyor.
Went into business with my cousin doing general building in the Hampstead and St Johns Wood area of London.
Got totally fed up with the building game, so took my HGV1 test and went truck driving for what was at the time the largest tranporter of temperature controlled goods in the country. A firm well known for its whaling fleet.
Had to retire early through ill health.
Dicky...a serious question (for once)....what is the difference between a Carpenter and a Joiner? I have long been puzzled over the differences between a Carpenter and a Shipwright. Can you enlighten me? BY.
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Post by: nhp651 on October 16, 2008, 07:14:21 pm
I was always told by my grandad who was a master cabinet maker and carpenter that a "carpenter uses joints and glue" whereas "a joiner uses nails and a hammer" :-))
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Post by: andygh on October 16, 2008, 08:54:56 pm
That's correct, straight from Wikipedia

Quote
A Joiner differs from a Carpenter in that he cuts and fits joints in wood that do not use nails, usually as a furniture maker.
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Post by: footskijunior on October 16, 2008, 09:22:05 pm
Started as a humble paper boy on a morning round for 6 yrs, started my cadetship (deck) when I was sixteen, joined my forst ship the day before my 17th birthday. Spent 10yrs with a large tanker company.... Thought the grass may be greener so went on a private yacht. Went slightly mad, hated every second of it. went to Spain for a couple of months, annoyed the hell out of my parents! Came back to UK.
Worked in Security for a while, moved a little up the ladder...
Worked as a bunker barge skipper in Liverpool for a bit.
back deep sea 2004 as 3/O.... Got Chief Officer 18 months later and still loving every minute.

Salt in the viens

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Post by: DickyD on October 16, 2008, 09:37:37 pm
I was always told by my grandad who was a master cabinet maker and carpenter that a "carpenter uses joints and glue" whereas "a joiner uses nails and a hammer" :-))
No Neil thats the wrong way round, its the joiner that uses joints and glue and the carpenter uses nails and a hammer.
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Post by: nhp651 on October 16, 2008, 09:54:13 pm
probably right there richard. it was over 45 years ago that he told me. neil. {-) {-) :-))
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Post by: aestus57 on October 17, 2008, 01:40:21 pm
Qualified as a Coal Mine Surveyor in 1973, but never worked in a coal mine in my life!!  Started off as a trainee Land surveyor on the 2nd Mersey Tunnels in 1970, then went on to work on the Loop and Link railway tunnels in Liverpool. Spent most of my working life in Civil Engineering doing setting out and Land Surveying, quite a bit of it underground in sewer tunnels etc.

Had a second career in selling,.... Surveying Instruments then Structural Steelwork. After redundancy got a job with the Police as an Enquiry Officer (Civilian) on the front desk of a City centre Police Station and I have to say it was the best job of my life.. every day completely different.  SWMBO then decided we should move to Scotland, so I'm now a part time lab technician in a quarry, testing stone and aggregate and asphalt for road building and building model boats part time for a hobby.

Peter  :-)  :-))
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Post by: funtimefrankie on October 19, 2008, 06:00:41 pm
I strt with the GPO telephones in 1963 and spent the next 33 years installing and maintaining telepone exchanges, until the electro-mechanical ones (Strowger) were replaced with electonic. Took early retirement/redudancy in 1996, on my 50th birthday.
Drive a white van part time for a local engineering firm now.
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Post by: patchwork45 on October 22, 2008, 06:38:05 pm
34 years as a production machinist,started right out of high school.
A couple of years ago I fell into making props, part time ,for the combat warship comunity.
Right now Im on temporary disability,got my left knee replaced, to many years standing on concrete.
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Post by: iantype-r on October 25, 2008, 10:27:49 am
I started as a deckboy at the age of 16 with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, did 5 years then joined the RAF as a sprayer, did about 4 years took redundancy,now  working for a Fire Protection company servicing Fire Fighting equipment all over the UK, and waiting to Join/apply for the Fire,Police or Prison service, doing the application for the Fire Service now, Im 26 so not done to bad on jobs up to now, I want to get into one of the 3 services and stay till I retire,

cheers ian
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Post by: TugCowboy on October 25, 2008, 10:45:08 am
Started training to be an airline pilot while still at school but my eyes were failing and, even though ok corrected, I didn't meet the requirements.

Spent 5 years in IT as a Project Manager for the local water board, then left to start my own computer game design studio which went great for 2 years until the tax man decided I hadn't been paying enough tax given that most of the work was overseas, so once I'd paid all my bills the company couldn't afford to work anymore and so that got folded.

Trained as a Truck Driver  (Class C) in January this year, which is what I really, really want to do, but haven't been able to find a single driving job in my area (U-33, you know of anything in the Eastbourne area?!!)

While I'm waiting for a driver position to come up I have been made Import Director of a large international clothes firm, doing lots of boring managerial type stuff, money is nice, as is the lifestyle, but its not really what I want to do.

Not a bad CV for 23 years of age eh?  :-))

Alex