- What do you do for a living and do you enjoy it?
Same as weeksy and weasel albeit currently as a specialist in a sales team, although i suspect my career in this field will end in the next 18 months if not before. Im enjoying it less and less, but it pays well atm, and I can’t be ungrateful for what it has afforded me from an opportunity perspective over the many years.Posted 2 years agoeveryoneSubscriber
Currently a test engineer for a hydrogen fuel cell company currently working on a low power 2 wheel application for a large Japanese automotive manufacturer but I’m moving to be a materials engineer for an external test house that are embedded within their primary customer.Posted 2 years agosteviedSubscriber
CNC programmer.Posted 2 years ago
Can get a bit dull if doing a large batch of components but that gives me time to design and make some stuff for myself.
Yes, I do enjoy my job. I think it’s what I was supposed to be as I’m good with my hands, mechanically minded etc.
Shame really as I had ‘secret agent’ as my preferred profession when I was about 7 😳40mpgSubscriber
Preconstruction Director for a regional construction company. Has its moments of excitement interspersed with regular bouts of tedious – negotiating costs and agreeing contracts, but get to go to some interesting places and meet up-their-own-arse people 😕
Done it for nearly 30 years now, can see amid-life-crisis complete change of direction looming (once the kids are self supporting!)
but even 25 years out of school still have no idea what I really want to do
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Reliability engineer in a power station.Posted 2 years ago
I think I have a fairly short span of attention, job wise and after a few years in this role, and all the management systems I run operating nicely, I’d like a change. Not necessarily of employer or location, just different work.ads678Subscriber
Civil/Infrastructure Engineer – Highways and drainage basically.
I do like it, but we tend to get the shit from both ends of the spectrum i.e. developer/client want everything as quickly and cheaply as possible and approving bodies want to generally screw the developers to the wall for everything they can, so it can get pretty stressful at times.
I would like to do something else, my own busyness, but can’t really afford to start again ATM!!Posted 2 years agogatsbyMember
After 20+ years working as a graphic designer (10 years running my own business), I’ve opened a picture framing shop. I was looking for something that could run alongside my existing work; utilised some of my knowledge, skills and experience; and was completely different to my sitting-at-a-desk usual work.
I’m just over 6 months in and thoroughly enjoying it. I’m loving meeting a completely different type of person, whether it’s an old lady with a cross-stitch, local artists, or just families with kids’ photos. Makes such a refreshing change from whip-cracking deadline-pushing twunts!
Really enjoyed the challenge of learning a new skill, setting up a new business and now having a profitable pipeline of work. And I can’t recommend enough how nice it is to be able to ‘down tools’ when one job gets too much and do something completely different for a couple of hours…
The long term plan is to open a gallery and have business/career that will continue long after I’ve stopped wanting to design graphics.Posted 2 years agobrooessMember
I used to really enjoy it but the longer I do it the more I find it shallow and meaningless and want to do something more intellectually stimulating. Quite honestly I learn more interesting stuff on STW than I do at work these days.
Now I’m contracting it’s more satisfying as each new project presents new learning and a new challenge.
I’m also adding an executive coaching qualification to my skills, which I think I’ll find much more satisfying, although the advice I’ve received is it’s hard to make a living from coaching alone…Posted 2 years agodoris5000Member
email marketing/comms for a university. Could be pretty soul destroying if it was for a private company but i’ve been doing it 5 months now and it’s been fairly interesting so far. Lots to learn. And a huge boost in salary compared to….
Before this i was a struggling musician/DJ/producer for 8 years. Some amazing/exciting/fun times, many stressful/difficult/ soul destroying times. Glad of the office job right now (makes it much easier to pay my studio rent!)Posted 2 years agopeterfileMember
Put together/negotiate infrastructure projects from a legal/financial perspective.
I suppose I love it at times. Each deal lasts years so you establish close relationships with the banks, clients, contractors etc (which is usually a good thing IME) and the deals are about as complex, challenging and interesting as I’ve worked on.
I love starting from absolutely nothing and then at the end I will be sat on one of our trains, stood in our airport, driving down our road, or wandering around our hospital etc. You forget about all the problems and countless arguments and stress, it can be hugely satisfying.
It’s a very political sector though and that creates a great deal of uncertainty, delay and bureaucracy that I can’t stand.
Decent office job IMO.Posted 2 years ago
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