Re: What do you do for a living?
Implementor of U.S. foreign policy.
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Implementor of U.S. foreign policy.
Implementor of U.S. foreign policy.
Is that a polite way of saying "kicker down of doors"?
I'm an I/C (instrumentation and control) engineer at a nuclear facility, hoping that soon I'll be known as a "retired former engineer at a nuclear facility". When I started working there 41 years ago we were at the height of the Cold War and most of our "product" was for defense use. Now we've come full circle. After the Soviet Union split up, an agreement was reached to buy some of their nuclear material to keep it out of the hands of unstable countries that supported terrorism. In a "Swords-to-Plowshares" effort we have converted 16,000 former warheads to fuel-grade material for use in nuclear reactors to produce electricity. It's been a nice way to wind down my career.
I used to fish with an Army officer who had a degree in nuclear physics and was working on a project to develop short-range, small, nuclear weapons for battlefield use. He was the only real "nuclear rocket scientist" I've ever met.
In this part of my life I'm a pastor
Looking back I've done a lot in my time. Medical records clerk (18 years old and working with 33 women - I learnt a lot!!), small business advisor, customer service rep for Vodafone, purchasing spares for the Royal Navy, purchasing manager for a conservatory company, teacher of IT to adults, teacher of English to foreign nationals (mainly Libyan and Algerian), and for most of the last 10 years a computer network technician and installer of servers and IT systems for small and medium sized companies. I also dabbled in computer multi media systems providing information systems in a variety of companies such as airports and sports stadia. I really loved the hands on computer stuff but my employer decided I was no longer useful. Due to changes in Health and Safety legislation I am not allowed to install network cabling, server cabinets and routers. In the UK now you need to be a qualified electrician to install cabling of any kind. I couldn't believe he refused to allow me time to retrain for something I am already expert in. Currently looking to get back into training as this is something I really love doing. I have also been registered to provide First Aid in the Workplace for many years.
I've done a fair bit in my time too. Initially worked in the City for 18 years, finishing up as an Operations Manager for US stockbroker, Instinet. Packed that in and took a year off before deciding I didn't want to go back. Since then I've been a prison officer, ran my own landscaping business during which time I emplyed 14 guys and built medal winning gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show, I've been a motorcycle courier and a semi professional drummer, (about 25 years ago). These days I manage a 150 acre private country estate in Surrey with Mrs Buzzwagon. It's a great life with no pressures and there are times I feel semi retired!
Bolleauxp, I hear ya man! On this side of the pond you are required to have an electrician change light bulbs (in a commercial setting) and a Limited Energy License to run optical fibre. It's a sad state of affairs when you have a plumber install a water heater and he has to wait for an electrician to do the wire connections so he can check the unit and adjust the t-stat. If I ever have to take out a permit to replace a cracked switchplate, I'll leave the country!
Aircraft structural repair and modification/ Sheet metal fabricator. Have rivet guns, will travel.
Taxman! I'll get my coat..
I worked retail security for 13 years. That means I caught shoplifters and dishonest employees. I hated it the last five years. Lost my job and told my wife I was gonna follow a dream. Did not have enough money to become a Formula One driver (and I am too tall) so for the past eleven years I have been working as a firefighter/paramedic. I am actually an Engineer/Paramedic; the one who drives the engine and pumps it on fires.
I cannot tell you how much of a difference it makes to wake up and actually look forward to work. The schedule is very amenable and even though the pay kinda sucks I get to spend alot of time with the family and have been able to support my son in water polo/aquatics and my daughters in volleyball. I also get alot of time to practice guitar. This makes my wife happier because I used to spend alot of time playing Call of Duty online.
I am now a Trainer/lecturer in Community Service Work which is pretty much where I have been employed over the last 40 years. It's a great job, pays well and has lots of paid holidays. I hope I can retire into it over the last years of my life, great for life long learning. Thinking about learning enough Neil Young and Beatle Songs to keep my fellow inmates of any Nursing Home or retirement Village I might end up in if I can stop noodling and practice more.
Right now Im kinda of helping hand to this guy. Pretty much anything that needs to fixed, he can fix it. I ran a pizza joint for along time. Cooking is what most of my background is in.
Well I have two Full time Jobs.
1st...28 years working on the water as a Launch Captain.
2nd..14 years working as a facility Manager at a Car Dealership.
DANG thats 42 years of work... WHY AM I STILL WORKIN !?!?!?!
Oh yeah....got a house full of teenage Wimmin... I'm BROKE !!! hehehehe
Worked almost 17 years at a moving and storage company, really got fed up with it the last few years. Then I did as bunbun did and made a career change, now a firefighter/paramedic and absolutely love it. This is my first post on this (or any) forum, but I have been lurking here for a couple years now.
We're a bunch of misfits... that probably are all intelligent enough to have been doctors, lawyers, and rocket scientists! LOL! I *almost* went to school for Vet Medicine... I considered law school. ALMOST doesn't count tho! ha ha!
to quote mekidsmom. this is why i feel fit in! i spent 10 yrs as an operating theatre technician(anaesthesiologist nurse,in the usa,i think)got a taste for all the sweets in the sweet shop tho',if you get my meaning.just a humble bakery worker/frustrated musician now.ho hum!!
I used to install commercial/industrial overhead doors but I'm not as young as I used to was so now I just sell them. We used to install 24' high overhead doors off of ladders but now if your over 14' you have to have a scissor lift. Go figure...I wished they changed the law before my body said enough is enough.
I quit my job as a carpenter for a pool company after 22 years and went out on my own doing interior painting,
drywall and carpentry work, I tell my wife I'm on safari, safari so good. Been busy with clients as my name is getting around. Don't miss the old company with all the headaches and bitchin that one worker was getting ahead of the other. Don't miss the crew I looked after and did most of their work. I pride my self on doing top
quality work and love being my own boss. I took the leap and am so glad i did, it was a long time comming.
happy again...... badeye
ohhhhhhhh my god.......... i just play bass for my both ends meat...... nothing else could be done by me.........
Chemical Engineer here. Currently an Associate Director of Process Safety for a large chemical company.
Right now I am a domestic technician (home maker) and a volunteer doing research to find a suitable career.
I'm the Export Manager for an international relocation company. You want to move overseas, I can assist or lead you in the right direction. We have partners in every corner of the world.
It's a great job.
I'm an online marketer.
I buy and sell commercial catering equipment. In this climate second hand stuff is all the rage for new restaurants and fast food outlets. We recondition all our stuff so it looks like new but at half the price. We are doing all right but January and February are always slow. We also sell new stuff for the ones with plenty of cash. There are at least 100 restaurants we have installed their kitchen only to empty them within 1 year, and then sell their stuff to the next owners. The ultimate recycle job.
(Boring) public servant by day, and I teach guitar and ukulele at night for a music shop.
I work in the office for a small business that services commercial and industrial heating and refrigeration equipment. We work on HVAC, ice machines, cooking equipment, freezers, coolers, etc. On occasion, I lend a hand on jobs where the techs need someone to hand them parts. I'm also the lawn maintenance specialist (I mow the yard.)