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Work - what do you do for a living ?

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Sharky

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Poida said:
Same trade as me Sharky. Word of advice, hold the hammer with both hands. Than you aint got one left to hit.

good point but i was holding a big chisel with the other and missed
i say hammer but should say more 8lb lump hammer!!!!!!!
 
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When I was younger -Worked in a postoffice, on a sandeel trawler, in the hospital, selling stuff door to door, in the greenhouses...

At 18 onwards- Trained as an archaeologist, worked in Hokkaido teaching English for 2 yrs, worked in the UK in IT recruitment for 8 months (too long), crosstrained as a software engineer for a year, painted houses in London for 6 months, worked in Guernsey for 2 yrs in web dev., currently work for a large organisation using Java as a software engineer... voila !
for (jobs = 0; jobs < 65; jobs ++)
{
String bossDialog.equals("Ed your fired");
System.ou.println("OH PANTS");
}
rofl
 
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Nesim

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hi every one... good thread, i have always wondered what fellow divers did for a living...

been spearfishing since i was 8, all through school and Uni,

worked as a boat builder 3 years
4 years in sales and marketing of BMW Cars
3 years selling german toilet fixtures
and recently i joined a bed and pillow co. and manage the entire Middle East and Africa ...

These jobs have funded my passion to dive, bought a boat + Truck to tow the boat, all sorts of dive gear ... put my 3 year old daughter in the best school, cant really complain much...

I try and dive every weekend provided the weather is good and the wife is happy :hmm
 
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colinpryce

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re what do you do for a living.
I'm a policeman in the uk.Everywhere I go on duty people can stop me and ask me help themor to sort out a problem for them.
When im in the sea nobody can find me and I live the solitude.I love to hunt.
 
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My job title is probably: 'builder of weird sh*t!" :)

I've been a Silicon Valley Slave for 10 years now, working at a company that makes tools for making computer chips. I have designed & built things (parts & systems) dealing with high density plasma processing, microcontamination, electrical ceramics, robotics, RF power delivery, thermal management, etc.

I have been laid off through the Valley's ups and downs a few times, during which I had short stints as an x-ray tube designer as well as a Materials Science teacher at a local university.

Would love to move on to something else, but right now my two gods of Mortgage and Car Payment are stern and unforgiving...

Peter S.
 
Pablo

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Biology and economic degree in Paris, but before finishing anything the love for mountains (and a girl living on one!) get me to the spanish high mountain guide school (UUIA homologation).
From there I work on a mountain rescue group and in diverse adventure companies (including my own) with a specialty on canyoning and a break setting up a restaurant in the Canary's islands.
When about all cartilage on my knees was gone, a guy on the superyacht industry saw a few of the back packs I was designing, and give me my first boring job developing a computerize system to do marine covers. Surprisingly I enjoy myself, and move to NZ to develop new technologies, software and materials in sailmaking.

At the moment I manage the R&D for one of the industry leading companies. Is a great job where I can do what I want with access to all sort of boats, machinery and materials. The owner is a diver... so I can take off underwater as much as I need :D :D
 
Pablo

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Alison said:
for (jobs = 0; jobs < 65; jobs ++)
{
String bossDialog.equals("Ed your fired");
System.ou.println("OH PANTS");
}
rofl

Trully impress!!! rofl rofl
 
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...was an emergency medical technician for a few years then left the US with the army and have lived overseas ever since. After 10 years in the army, ending as a specialist in what is affectionately known as "nuclear weapons release procedures" the wife and I decided it was time for a bit less stress and we moved on. Did lots of security consulting/leading consulting groups in Central Europe, picked up a foreign language and half of 2 others, and had lots of fun. I have been working in various information security roles ever since(>10 years). Right now I am head of information security for a national telco in the middle east which means I do lots of writing procedures, reports, as well as keeping my hands dirty in the tech side ('nix, windows, various types of packet analysis, risk assessments, network design, etc.) I am lucky since as long as I work for a decent employer, I am doing what I love.

I was very lucky in that when I left the military I was able to concentrate on the part of IT I liked. It was rough in the beginning but we stuck it out for a few years and did all right. I remember many a cold day in winter when we lived in Germany (snow on the road) driving my Harley which was our only transport at the time, in to Frankfurt to go shopping... wife on the back holding the groceries in her arms. Damn it was cold, but we thought it was cool. My bones are now telling me it wasn't quite so cool but hey, we had fun and no regrets and I think thats important.

Whatever one chooses to do, just remember that you should enjoy what you do, be hapy, life is short-REALLY, it is short. You can always change your job and I think the posts from folks here show that you can change your mind midway through life. I find it interesting and refreshing that several folks (male) have chosen to stay home with the children. We have our first child due any day (we need to charge rent soon) and I am seriously considering staying home and doing a bit of consulting again in a few years time since my wife is able to support us as well (she likes to design buildings and stuff).

Now if I can just find a decent employer :)

oops, I think I got a bit to into this post! Sorry all-thats what happens when you wake up with half a cup of java and start typing at 5 am.
 
bdurrett

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My joke to this question is "Why, yes, I am a rocket scientist, why do you ask?" :D

Seriously, I am a consultant working for the European Space Agency, in charge of maintaining and modifying basic satellite telemetry simulators and configuration management for a Communications Controller.

My previous life was U. S. Navy at 19 (Never Again Volunteer Yourself) for a total of 10 years with 2 of that in schools, 3 onboard the USS IOWA (BB-61) and 5 and the White House Communications Agency (aka Presidential Telephone Company). After that, I went to work for a Beltway Bandit for 5 years doing work for an unidentifiable government client which sent me here to Germany. Here, after 3 years on a 3 month project (not on a project for said client but for the German Air Traffic Control Authority) I got a call that said "When you come back to the US, you have no job. We closed the office you were assigned to and sent all the stuff in your office to your parents house...." so I found a job in the Air Traffic Navigation industry for a couple of years as a Systems Engineer, moved into Telecom as a Wide Area network planner for 18 months before the dot com turned into the dot bomb, got laid off from there and came to ESA. Been here for about 3 years now.

I am a "Holiday Diver" since a) money here is tight, 2) diving in Germany is nearly non-existent unless you like murk and much, 3) can only dive during vacations.

Cheers,
Bret
 
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Adrian

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I have two aspects to my life. First I consider spiritual work or activity, whether socially or personally oriented, as my “real” work in life. The rest is “recreation.” Having had an interest in yoga and meditation systems since my mid-teens, at the end of my first year in college I learned to meditate with a system that suited me, gave me clear experiences and a good intellectual understanding of what was happening in me and my relationship with nature.

I finished college with a BA having studied mostly humanities, philosophy, religion and fine arts. That was a great time, it was in Florida, at Rollins College in Winter Park, near Orlando, and since then I have Florida as a special place in my heart and memories. Of course, it was the first place where I absolutely, totally and devastatingly fell in love, so it’s a pretty hard place to forget.

After college I went to teacher training to become a Transcendental Meditation teacher and taught full time for several years in different countries, the most interesting being Iran - before, during and after the revolution. I personally never ran into any real trouble but every night we’ld have a cacophony of gunfire sounds mixed in with the ocasional tank rumble and war helicopters thundering overhead. It was a very interesting period of growth for me, I learned to trust my intuition.

After my time in Iran was up I had the desire to know more about photography and ended up studying in Chicago for three and a half years. After that I went back to Spain, and spent time between teaching and owning a couple of shops (Indian goods and decorative household items) for a few years, which bored me to death, except for our trips to India for merchandise, always an adventure!

At one point I actually got a job as an aerial photographer (from a helicopter) but that never took off because my son was just born and I couldn’t be hopping all over the country on long absences. It would have been a lot of fun though! Some years ago I met a sculptor and since then form part of a team at his art gallery where I take care of most of the computer work, cataloging, the website, translation and photography. I still teach sometimes and also do some translation work for friends who have an online underwater equipment store.

My main thrust is spiritual development, but I sure do enjoy all other aspects of life as well! There’s no need to renounce anything as long as your heart’s 100% there.

Adrian
 
shaneshac

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Transcendental Meditation teacher.... Hmm, can you transend me to somewhere where its not raining and there are Dentex no smaller than 10kilos ;)

How do you teach that? Is it easy to learn?

Shane
 
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Dentex no less than 10 kilos? That is heaven for sure...I'll PM you on the rest.

Adrian
 
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Age 11 - 15 : paper round. (crap pay and weird people offering you biscuits and cups of tea all the time in their pyjamas....say no more)

Age 16 - 18 : Pub Work. (Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Free beer :) )

Age 21 - 22 : Mail Order Company. A right laugh....I didn't know there were any people who ordered size 18 pink cycling shorts (visualise... :duh ) Full size baby grows for men :rcard / people with the surname 'plonka' or 'lemon' rofl /

Age 24 + : Teacher. 2 schools and still going strong. I teach P.E most of the week, so get outside which is great.
 
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Infantry officer, US Marines. Getting out this fall, and doing who-knows-what, as long as there's plenty of time to dive.
 
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spiros

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Hi everybody!
As every Greek boy,I've started as a waiter in a fish tavern. :rcard
After that I've spend 5 years as a scuba Instructor and for some years now,I make wetsuits and other stuff from neoprene. :thankyou
 
mustangmermaid

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Can't speak for anyone else, but I love my job. Years ago I figured out that most Models were to prissy tio do serious underwater or even aquatic work and I went to work doing that which they wouldn't do. Now, many eyars later, I am a Former underwater model and Current Underwater video producer and Owner of a Stock photo and video house that specializes in people underwater and varied types of aquatic footage.
 
Pezman

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Jeez, with all the interesting jobs, I have to admit that I'm just a lowly geek working for a multi-national mega-corporation. Many mouths to feed in the household and it's a nice living. Sometimes it's even interesting.

Eric Fattah's post intrigued me though. Not only did it make me just a little more content with my mundane gig at the mega-corp, it also gave me an idea.

Eric, you ever thought of getting any investors?
 
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Im a police officer, for the past 23 years in a large city. Im going to retire this year at 44 yrs old, and it's been a great ride. I got a chance to do a lot of different things, did a lot of different jobs and still worked at the same dept. and worked with some great people. It's been a professional passion, and thats different from a personal passions like diving,golf, and hunting. I would not want to work in one of my personal hobbies, like diving. Doing something for fun and enjoyement is differment than a job. A frend of mine asked me to go into a diving business when I leave law enforcement. I wouldn't make that mistake I told him, it would ruin it for me. I agree with aydin. Balance is the key. Ive got 52 weekends a year plus 22 days of vac, plus 11 holidays for snow boarding, diving, hunting etc. Remember life is a not a spectators sport. Get out there and do it all.
 
drunkinbda

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he alison..i know its prob been a while since you mentioned the saudi royal family, but i just read the forum. have you ever been onto their flight to bermuda? i think its the saudi's royal family..not entirely sure. I know there is a middle-eastern prince that flies down to bermuda all the the time because he owns a hotel there..or at least part of one..so just checking if youve been here?


oh yeah..and im a surf lifeguard by summer(best summer job every, just above bartending i would assume) and student by winter. hate the winter cause im in pennsylvania, usa and there is no spearfishing or reefs in general around here!!!
 
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Any of our allies across the pond help me out here. In the USA are 11 to 16 year olds taught Design Technology. If you are going Derr What? or even Doh!, then perhaps not. I teach this subject under the UK National Curriculum. I used to be a teacher of Woodwork, Metalwork and Technical Drawing. But these subjects now only exist within DT. I still teach in a workshop but half of it is filled with Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing equipment. In some ways education is moving with the times and in other ways it's crap. As we look to America as a technological world leader I just wondered. On satelite TV I saw Dyane in "American Hotrod" talk about "Shop" as a school subject in California. I know this isn't exactly Spearo talk but if anyone can enlighten me, especially a fellow Craft Teacher who is a spearo in the States then that would be great.
 
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