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Offline bingo  
#26 Posted : 24 May 2010 12:33:23(UTC)
bingo


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11-15. Delivered fruit and veg for local shop- on foot, no funny looking bike. Tips at Christmas from the old dears were great!!
At sixth form worked on the local coop supermarket (hypermarket it was called then!) stacking shelves Thursday and Friday nights- £9-20/week (a pint was 52.5p! fruit machines were still 2p a go!)

First proper job. Bespoke Insurance brokers as junior clerk, lasted 18 months, was really 'stiff', zero craic and I got the feeling I was not 'cut from the correct cloth' due to the upper middle class nature of the 'ones destined to move up'. In other words, not posh enough. I didn't want to remain as back office staff so jacked and went 250 miles to where the street are paved with gold. Did two and a half years working in the fat city as a broker in Lloyds (specialist risks market). Great boozy times with good wedge and expense account. Lived in Clapham with three cracking lasses in a big Victorian house and gained a great schooling in the ways of righteousness!! Left to go to uni and study Law. Summer before final year went to work for 10 weeks with a major civil engineering company as a chainboy for an engineer to earn some extra dough. LOVED IT. They put me on their graduate training scheme and I stayed in construction and never went back to the world of law. Stayed with them for 4 years and then went freelance as a setting out engineer.

Since then I've built roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, museums, underground car-parks, waste treatment centres, water treatment works, offices, flats, worked in Nuclear, off shore wind farms, on shore wind farms, energy distribution, land reclamation and currently work as Site Agent on the Olympic Development.

I just love building things, the legacy you leave- the bridges people drive over, the museums people walk through, the hospitals people are born and die in, the schools people learn in. There's always something to point at and say "I built that". Very rewarding work and the people that you meet come from all levels of society, all with a story to tell, all with a life. I've learnt a lot about people in the 17 years I've been doing this. The most important being that you should never judge somebody by the job they do. I've met some very smart guys happy to dig holes, full of wisdom and advice. Likewise I've met some very thick people that tell those people to dig holes who rest on paper qualifications but have the common sense of a pebble. It's a great way to make a living and the best choice I didn't make!

And the craic is fierce!!

That's me!
Offline parlourboy  
#27 Posted : 24 May 2010 14:24:49(UTC)
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Good thread twingogeekeo .. Some interesting jobs . Keep em coming .

Offline yp53acj  
#28 Posted : 24 May 2010 14:28:33(UTC)
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parlourboy wrote:

Good thread twingogeekeo .. Some interesting jobs . Keep em coming .

Not bad for a bored saturday morning at work lol

Offline nottie  
#29 Posted : 24 May 2010 14:30:30(UTC)
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i agree - has anyone thought of doing a thread each week of different people on here like the cs forum used to do, so we can get to know everyone?? like a question and answer thingy??
Offline yp53acj  
#30 Posted : 24 May 2010 14:32:09(UTC)
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on twingo oc we have face to names. Just post a picture of yourself so people kinda know who you are and things like that

Offline bingo  
#31 Posted : 24 May 2010 14:51:48(UTC)
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This is 162,000 me outside a sub-station I built. Pre Trophy obviously. Still the best car I ever had due to it's faithfulness, never let me down, ever.
Offline dee1983  
#32 Posted : 24 May 2010 16:48:26(UTC)
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Posts: 4,098
Location: Bristol

Worked for Sainburys & M&S when i was at college.

Full time jobs:

2004 - Europcar - Receptionist

2005 - Churchill Car Insurance - Claims Handler

2006 - Bristol Street Commercials (Iveco Truck & Van) - Service Advisor

2006 - Commercial Motors (Merc Truck & Van) - Service Advisor/Workshop Controller till company went bust in feb 2009

2009 - City West Commercials (Merc Truck & Van) - Workshop planning controller

Dee Big Smile

Offline martinoutfront  
#33 Posted : 24 May 2010 21:06:31(UTC)
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In order since leaving school:
1. Trainee warehouse assistant - 6weeks
2. YTS trainee in sound production - 12 months
3. Freelance sound engineer for bands/record companies -  16 years
4. Production manager for large corporate events/conferences - present day

Also done a couple of random ones during my freelance sound days:
1. College lecturer
2. Paintball site - game manager
3. Freelance tech person for a private investigations company

Never a dull moment in any of the above - apart from the warehouse assistant!

Offline Rico  
#34 Posted : 24 May 2010 22:34:03(UTC)
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Posts: 2,596

I've worked at Next, TJ Hughes, WH Smith, in a design agency, printers and a photography studio. I'm currently a graphic designer for a large international electrical goods distributor.
Offline Keethos  
#35 Posted : 25 May 2010 00:59:53(UTC)
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Spent most of my youf either working for my Auntie or at my parents takeaway (and still do on the weekends....need the extra cash).

Worked for a pharmaceutical company as a production labeller in the evenings while I was a college for a couple of months, then when I finished college, went to work at Codemasters as a Quality Assurance Officer (games tester Tongue) for a year as a back-up plan and to earn a bit of cash before uni (Automotive Engineering in Hudderfield).

Did a years work placement for a plastic merchandising company as a CAD Designer & Technical Co-ordinator/Estimator which was pretty good, designed and made stuff for Halfords, Asda, Homebase and some other big companies for their shelves and stuff.  Finished uni.....tried to find a job down London (not really my choice of location....had to house sit for my sister while she was off in Korea teaching) but couldn't find anything for 5 months (millions of applications and only 1 interview Sad) .....ran out of money so headed back home and ended up crawling back to Codemasters.

So now I'm still there....but now I'm a Sony Compliance Officer (glorified games tester with power LOL) where the games we develop or publish have to meet Sony's guidelines otherwise we aren't allowed to release them....so I get the power to tell the programmers to fix it or else LOL  Had the chance to become a Games Designer in Car Handling....did a 2 week pop idol style assessment with 3 other guys, learnt how to use the software and made some awesome handling cars....but they ended up giving it to some dude who seriously didn't deserve it.  It's a real shame as the industry is awesome to work in, but like most big companies....its who you know and not what you know.

Will probably stay here until the whole country picks up, then try and start a career as an engineer somewhere....hopefully!

Thanks for readying my story Smile

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Offline jasoni  
#36 Posted : 25 May 2010 08:47:38(UTC)
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Instructor for london underground (teach train drivers to obtain driving licence). Been there for 20 years.

Mind the doors!

Offline keef  
#37 Posted : 25 May 2010 10:00:20(UTC)
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Gynaecologist. No, really...
Offline JohnMc  
#38 Posted : 25 May 2010 11:47:50(UTC)
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Worked for Gordale nurseries many years ago part time. They basically locked me away like Quasimodo in a big shed round the back in the middle of summer & would have me sat their pricing stuff for Christmas!!

Became a bar manager for a local pub (The Oak) which was actually a really great job as you'd spend all night schmoozing the local talent! Then run & lived above a pub for a year (The Fish in Neston) which my boss at the time bought, as you can imagine I had to leave this job predominantly due to health reasons!!! LOL

Went to work as call centre manager in a cube farm for Telewest broadband in Liverpool... This give me an excellent insight into just how stupid the general public really are!

Worked for the Bank of Scotland Freeway/LEX in Chester for 5 Years doing PCP's/ Contract Hire for personal & SME customers, now shut down due to the financial collapse & the bank pulling the plug on its own personal leasing arm.

Presently working for my old Director of Freeway as a broker MVSCARS.co.uk & love it!! Big Smile

Jesus just read that back sounds like a C.V. LOL

Offline Witney  
#39 Posted : 25 May 2010 12:40:39(UTC)
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Many moons ago, when TVs where still black and white and radio was the hit thing I wanted to become a train driver. Blush
After finishing school I went to University.
Was working at Sainsburys refusing alcohol left right and centre.
Then had to do my National service.
Then was a graduate structural engineer.
Then a structural engineer.
And now a director.
This thread makes me feel old. Blush

Edited by user 25 May 2010 12:43:04(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

Offline bingo  
#40 Posted : 25 May 2010 13:09:18(UTC)
bingo


Posts: 1,047

Witney wrote:
Many moons ago, when TVs where still black and white and radio was the hit thing I wanted to become a train driver. Blush
After finishing school I went to University.
Was working at Sainsburys refusing alcohol left right and centre.
Then had to do my National service.
Then was a graduate structural engineer.
Then a structural engineer.
And now a director.
This thread makes me feel old. Blush

The National Service interests me! Do you have dual nationality if you don't mind me asking? Or am I missing something obvious?

Oh, know of any good jobs for an RC specialist on the contracting side? I miss my formwork chippies and rust covered steel fixers. Utilities are so boring!
Offline roystinho  
#41 Posted : 25 May 2010 14:34:28(UTC)
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Since leaving college at 18 I have been a football coach for Leeds Utd. Worked full time till things went tits up, then we all had to find other jobs. Started working in school to compliment it, and from that have gained the experience to teach PE, and I'm looking at becoming a head of year in September. Still work for Leeds Utd on evenings and weekends at the Academy. Also run a little website which makes a little money, but I mainly use it when I have no time to try generate some more £££'s to go to my Nissan GTR fund
Offline Ollie133CUP  
#42 Posted : 25 May 2010 14:41:05(UTC)
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^^^ Must of been immense working for Leeds =D My dream job.
Offline strott  
#43 Posted : 25 May 2010 21:44:14(UTC)
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At approx 10-11 years old I started cutting grass and maintaining gardens e.t.c for people at weekends - still doing this now!!

Tried to get an apprenticeship in plant operations after sixth form but none where available, luckily my parents offered to pay for the training so I got the licence hoping to get a job.

Whilst looking for work as a plant operator I volunteered at the local MIND charity shop.

Now working for myself carrying out small groundworks and earthmoving tasks for homeowners, local builders, landscapers and anybody willing to pay!!

Offline roystinho  
#44 Posted : 25 May 2010 22:07:45(UTC)
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Ollie133CUP wrote:
^^^ Must of been immense working for Leeds =D My dream job.

When I was 18 and all the good players were there it was immense. We used to go out on the end of season do's etc. Oggle over Ferraris and AstonsBig Smile

Don't really have any of that extravagance anymore. My 200 is the best car in the car park nowApprove

Don't get me wrong, it's still good now, but I don't really recognise the players when they watch a session, twas amazing when you had Viduka, Smithy and Rio taking a break and watching your session with the kidsCool

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Offline DazBav  
#45 Posted : 25 May 2010 22:59:11(UTC)
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jasoni wrote:

Instructor for london underground (teach train drivers to obtain driving licence). Been there for 20 years.

 

Mind the doors!


Ha my missus works for Alstom who make them and sometimes has to go to the Wembley depot to do stuff??? lol
She knows her train stuff though the geek BlushLOL
Offline Kenny200  
#46 Posted : 25 May 2010 23:03:59(UTC)
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college until 19 scrounging off mum and dad

Now a Level 3 incident manager in Aviva dealing with complex losses on motor trade claims.
Offline Slippers  
#47 Posted : 26 May 2010 09:01:00(UTC)
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Kenny200 wrote:
college until 19 scrounging off mum and dad

Now a Level 3 incident manager in Aviva dealing with complex losses on motor trade claims.


i'll come to you then if i need to make a claim lol! just gone with Aviva! £600 less than my renewal quote....
Offline yp53acj  
#48 Posted : 26 May 2010 09:05:05(UTC)
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Posts: 2,514

My insurance is up for renewal on 1 july any deals we can get kenny ?
Offline GR4H4M  
#49 Posted : 26 May 2010 12:19:29(UTC)
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16-18, worked in Asda in the meat department, whilst doing A-Levels. Part time shelve stacker, part time butcher! Also went on to do the 'Stepping Stone' Managerial Course, but after 3yrs of trying I finally got an apprenticeship with a local architects practice.

18-21, apprentice architectural technician whilst studying at SCAT on day-release. Finally after 3yrs of studying bricks, bills of quantities and load-bearings I have a HNC in Construction Big Smile

21; Now fully qualified as an architectural technician (yes the job is a great as it reads hehe, but no, the pay is not a great as people are led to believe tee-hee). And I'll admit, it's great saying over the phone or to people you're an 'archtiect' for the pure snob factor LOL!! Aaaahhhh if people only knew me and the job, it and me far from snobbish lol!

Now debating whether to go to Uni and further qualify meself up as a technician or take the plunge, to go through and study the full architectural course?!?!?!

Edited by user 26 May 2010 12:29:11(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

Offline yp53acj  
#50 Posted : 26 May 2010 12:23:59(UTC)
TwingoGeekeo


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GR4H4M wrote:

Aaaahhhh if people only knew me and the job, it and me far from snobbish lol!

Graham i know you and snob facto 1to 10 10 being the greatest you get a -10

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