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    What do you do for a living?

    I know this may sound a bit intrusive, but as you know, replying is optional.

    I just thought I'd ask because sometimes threads like these can be a real bonus. Life is difficult enough anyway and that pain in the arse problem you have some days and can't sort out may be dead easy for someone else. That someone else may be here and you may speak to that person on a regular basis but have no idea what it is they do.

    Its often the way that when you find out what someone you know does for a living you think "wish i'd known that a week ago." Well here's your chance!

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    I'll start this thread off with what I do....

    I run the technical department of a small telecoms company, I look after the installs and maintenance of other business' telephone systems and the carrying of their calls, VoIP etc. I've been in the industry for about 8 years.

    I used to work with my Dad before that, and we fitted kitchens for a well known company, this really helped me in gaining experience in the building trade, and now the only thing I can't do proficiently is plaster!

    Its true that knowing about the people you talk to is handy, on the Supra forum I used to talk on all the time, there was a couple of guys that started up their own company and asked me about a phone system. I had one that I'd "aquired" in my garage that was perfect for them so I sent it to them with the phones and all the instructions on how to set it up and it saved them a fortune by not getting ripped off by some unscrupulous company. Now they run a really sucessful parts importing co. and I like to think I helped them on their way!

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    Well i currently work at Vodafone in sales doing upgrades, im also into property developing and have 2 house which i currently rent out!

    In the new year i am starting a plumbing course with a mate of mine which will last 2 years. This will aid me when i come to get more houses in the future which need to be done up! Me and my mate then intend on setting up our own plumbing company.
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    Good thread!!

    Im training to be an Electrician, im two years qualified now so one year to go and then happy days, ill be a fully fledged sparky!!


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    Excellent, our company are looking to change our network, you may be able to help.....?

    I also am in the process of buying another house to renovate, i'm lucky my dad is also a plumber!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adams3
    Good thread!!

    Im training to be an Electrician, im two years qualified now so one year to go and then happy days, ill be a fully fledged sparky!!
    My mate does that and he reckons the bull**** he has to put up with is monumental! Its all exams and tests and not much work!

    He works for Briggs and Forrester...

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    Quote Originally Posted by A4Quattro
    My mate does that and he reckons the bull**** he has to put up with is monumental! Its all exams and tests and not much work!

    He works for Briggs and Forrester...
    I work for a company called Giffen who are based in st albans, their main area of work is on London Underground on nights!!

    As for college it hasnt been too bad, have had four exams in two years, all multiple choice!!

    Going to be harder this year ive been told!!


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    I'm the ******* that sells all the caravans that everyone gets stuck behind when they're in a hurry.

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    I'm a fraud Investigator for Credit Card.
    I can normally help answer questions if you are ever a victim of fraud.

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    I make dance music for a living and also buy and develop properties as a sideline.

    By trade I am a qualified telecoms engineer and also a qualified sparks.

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    What sort of dance music? and what quals do you have in comms?

    I have Avaya ACA and Siemens SCCP, training at the moment for MCSE and CCNA...phew!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aldo
    I'm a fraud Investigator for Credit Card.
    I can normally help answer questions if you are ever a victim of fraud.
    Excellent, thats bloody handy to know...

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    I work for a Cash & Carry , near Glasgow , distribiting around Scotland , but mostly in the central area , booze,booze and more booze! also choc/soft drinks and crisps etc , ooooooooophs i nearly forgot food as well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by A4Quattro
    What sort of dance music? and what quals do you have in comms?

    I have Avaya ACA and Siemens SCCP, training at the moment for MCSE and CCNA...phew!
    Allsorts of Dance music from cheese to trance, unfortunatley for you you will probably have been subjected to some of it over the years in your local nightclub .!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I did my electrical aprenticeship when I first left school then went on and did an apprenticeship with BT in telecoms covering all aspects from the exchange to jointing to switches to uplinks and everything in between.

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    I'm also a qualified fitness instructor and used to teach spinning (think aerobics on an exercise bike) at my local gym.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcs356
    I spend my time working with County and District Councils across England trying to get them to do things more efficiently so that they can meet the Government's targets and don't can hopefully keep council tax rises to a minimum.
    You have your work cut out there. Council and efficiency like chalk and cheese

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    Well, I, like A4Quattro work in the comms business - we are a Software house developing software for Cisco Call Manager, Cisco's VOIP solution.

    I am a Technical Services Consultant for said Company, handling the operator consoles, ACD solutions, Voice messaging, Autoattendants, presence management and XML applications. I handle pretty much all stages from design, sales, integration, project management, installation and support. Currently based in our new Dallas office, but will be back in the UK in March.
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    I'm Research and Development manager for a computer firm based near Bolton. I look after the research, design and development of new products and services for the company; and manage special projects (ie. larger/growth/complex contracts, press/PR events etc.). It's a pretty interesting life for someone who grew up as a bit of a computer-geek, as I get to play with a lot of hush-hush toys, work on hush-hush contracts, and generally every day is different.

    As a reasonably lucrative sideline I work as a Music Technology consultant to various people/outfits. Having said that, too much of the work is done on 'mate's rates' as a lot of it comes my way from mates made back in my producing/DJ'ing days. Which brings me neatly around to...

    Quote Originally Posted by co55ie
    Allsorts of Dance music from cheese to trance, unfortunatley for you you will probably have been subjected to some of it over the years in your local nightclub .!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I guess that the three (or less!) degrees of separation thing is probably very true here; if you're established in cheese or trance that pretty much guarantees that we know some of the same people!

    Regards,

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    Well i am Executive Chef for the Edrington Group(Who own Macallan,Highland Park,Famous Grouse,Tamdhu,Glenrothes whisky) i am based at The Famous Grouse Experience/Glenturret Distillery......I cook for allsorts from joe public grub to Fine Dining,I work abroad as well representing scottish cuisine for Visit Scotland and my Company .this year i have been working in Sweden,Las Vegas and i am off to Recife in Brazil in a week to Cook 3 corporate Dinners for Famous Grouse ,I have worked in Moscow and Frankfurt as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by ANDYTQ
    I am a aircraft engineer working on cfm56 jet engines for GE wales,building the main compressor core sections.I used to be a mechanic until i saw the light 10 years ago and never looked back,warm ,dry and lots more cash,hence why i keep messing about with my cars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jojo
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    Are you still open .

    I work as Stella Artois taster unfortunately though im not on the pay bill and have to purchase my Stella Artois in my local public house, its a **** job but someone has got to do it

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    top thread A4quattro,

    never considered how good these forums could be for networking, and not just the type many of you seem to be into...

    I'm the Engineering Maintenance Manager for a Manufacturing company, I run a team of 43 multi-skilled Engineers who support routine operation and ongoing process improvement of the specialist automation process equipment and associated services and equipment for the world's third largest company in our sector.

    We are also one of the few engineering/manufacturing companies in our area (Southampton) not downsizing/ moving abroad / shutdown! and are currently recruiting for experienced process support and installation engineers ideally with FMCG, Medical Device or Pharmaceutical manufacturing experience. But drive and capability even in other sectors equally useful,

    Good package inc relocation is available PM me for more details,

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    Plenty of telecoms folks on here...and I'm another one! Well, almost. I'm a software developer working for a large mobile telco, specialising in .NET. I write applications that help customer service agents to handle calls, diagnose faults etc.

 

 
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