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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 14:06 
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didn't you do telesales as wel?


Oh, yes! I knew I'd left something out. Trying to sell people portrait photo shoots over the phone.


That sounds horrible... I think we should have a "jobs I hated" thread too.


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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
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Yeah, it was shit. I was fucking good at it though.

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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
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Nothing very impressive at all:

Factory Monkey - Trafalgar Cases (making packing cases for car parts), Pratt's Bananas (Packing bananas (and the occasional lizard or spider) for various supermarkets - £280 a week after tax, when you're sixteen is pretty fucking awesome!), BOC (now Gist - packing clothing and perfumes for Marks & Spencer worldwide).

Retail Monkey - First Sport (the amount of money I would spend on trainers was crazy), Blockbuster Video (I fucking loved this job - By the time I left, I'd basically memorised every single rental barcode in the store), Virgin Megastore (Loved this job too, maybe not as much as BBV, mind you).

Now, I'm a full-time carer. *joy*

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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 21:49 
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OOOh, jobs, I've had a few:

...........

As part of this job, I worked with Procal Harem, MTV Europe, Chips with Everything (appearing on 5-6 episodes), ITV's late night show set in an Internet Cafe, went to loads of gaming events, hosted a trance night every last thursday of the month and that's just the stuff I remember

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Malc


FFS, you worked with Procul Harum but you can't spell their name????!!!111

I'll let you off if you tell more of this, bekuz they are possibly my very favourite band of all time.

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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 22:15 
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1. Civil servant

1.1 'Box clerk' in an Unemployment Benefit Office (not great, but good training for dealing with the public).

1.2 Placing officer in a Jobcentre. - Slightly better than working in the UBO.

1.3 Training admin officer in a Jobcentre. - Slightly better than being a placing officer.

1.4 Training admin officer in an area office. - Not bad - very little direct contact with the great unwashed.

1.5 Accounts supervisor with the Manpower Services Commission. - Better than i expected it to be.

1.6 Staff training tutor with the Manpower Services Commission. - The dog's bollocks. Did that for seven years until I was head hunted for the next job, which was ...

1.7 Open Learning Liaison Officer with the Manpower Services Commission. - Good fun. Drove around the north west of England demonstrating CBT and interactive video training at exhibitions and conferences to get employers interested in new ways of learning. Got a lot of free lunches on that one.

1.9 NW Regional IT Manager with the Manpower Services Commission/Government Office for the North West. The dog's even better bollocks. No one knew what I was doing and no one cared, as long as the network was working. Managed the installation of the first networked 'puters in our office network, configured the PCs, trained the staff, ran the helpdesk and did sys admin on our Ultrix network. Did loads of user acceptance testing for new apps and email when we were first able to send messages to other offices and not just our own internal staff. - Ground breaking stuff.

1.10 Facilities Manager for Government Office for the North West. - Had to accept this offer when It was outsourced to Fujitsu and I didn't want to leave the civil service when I was getting close to early retirement eligibility.

1.11 Temp Ministerial Business Unit Manager for Government Office for the North West. By far the worst job I ever had and would probably have caused me to have a nervous breakdown if I'd been appointed to it permanently).

1.12 Corporate Performance and Risk Manager for Government Office for the North West. - Allocated to this job during our final restructure, after facilities management was centralised and my post was no longer needed. Basically cutting and pasting directors' reports on performance and risk into big spreadsheets and a big MS publisher Balanced Scorecard chart each month for the management board. Money for old rope, really, but someone had to do it.

2. Unpaid back office manager for a claims management company which has more or less gone out of business.

3. Currently - Freelance interviewer for a national social research organisation. Still making my mind up about this one. It entails interviewing people in their own homes for projects commissioned by academic institutions and government departments on a wide range of topics.

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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 22:38 
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Warhead wrote:
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OOOh, jobs, I've had a few:

...........

As part of this job, I worked with Procal Harem, MTV Europe, Chips with Everything (appearing on 5-6 episodes), ITV's late night show set in an Internet Cafe, went to loads of gaming events, hosted a trance night every last thursday of the month and that's just the stuff I remember

.........

Malc


FFS, you worked with Procul Harum but you can't spell their name????!!!111

I'll let you off if you tell more of this, bekuz they are possibly my very favourite band of all time.


What's worse is that I meant the moody blues!

I rushed the post, and I got confused between those 2 bands as to which one sang "Knights in white satin"

Essentially they came in to the cafe and played that song, and we broadcast it over the interent live on real player (about a week after real player came out) apparently it was the first live band to be broadcast over the internet in this way.

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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
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So.. Employed by the MNA group were you? I am now..


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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 23:27 
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My first job was delivering newspapers for next to no money, until I figured I could just recycle them and go for a walk every morning and nobody would notice. I was fired six months later.

My second job was washing dishes and being treated like shit by all of the waitresses and management at a hotel, while I went to college. I lasted eighteen months before impulsively handing in my notice one day, with no other job lined up.

I tried agency work, but after one day in a sweet factory peeling labels off Heinz bean tins ready for them to be rebranded and the agency never bothering to call me about any other jobs, that didn't go very far.

My third job started as temporary data entry at my elder brother's work. After six years I'd managed to move to creating printed maps and various other graphics, to becoming their only graphic & web designer, developing interfaces for reasonably large web applications. Until I was made redundant in the shitty financial mess in April this year. But the pay was poor, I was getting bored of working alone, and wanted to leave.

Now I'm working for a rapidly expanding company making web sites for various charities around the world. The pay is a lot better, and it's given me chance to vastly improve my visual design skills, but ultimately I'm bored at how little the company cares about the fine details of design, and how I'm effectively pushing pixels doing wallpapering for clients I'm three steps removed from ever talking to myself. But it's a step up, and one more towards what I want to keep doing in life.


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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
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TheVision wrote:
So.. Employed by the MNA group were you? I am now..

I was indeed. Whereabouts are you "stationed"? :P

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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
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I'm very impressed by the number of people who've gone from seemingly-rubbish jobs, straight into the IT sector. What's the feckin' secret?

Me? It's almost too depressing to read, but here you go...

Rosette Maker.

Housing Assistant for various local council offices, starting as a youth trainee and ending up with a full-time, temporary position. Having money for the first time in my life was nice, but I blew it all on computers and telescopes. I'm mad for it, me.

I then decided to go to college and then uni (having left school at 16) and, because I was a mature student, got a "job" as a senior resident in halls. No pay, but free lodging, which was well handy in my third and fourth years.

Graduated with an MA in Archaeology, and went straight to Ireland for 3 years. Worked on a huge (and highly controversial) excavation, first as a plain field archaeologist, then became a supervisor and ended up working on writing the site report for nine months. Looking back, I had an absolute blast, but archaeology isn't really a career for anyone who wants to settle down, and at this point in my life I had to make a decision on what to do - so I decided to move to Canada and get married.

Was then unemployed for a year, while cursing myself for giving up archaeology to come to a stupid, cold country where everybody talked funny.

Finally, swallowing my pride, I started applying for retail jobs. Got a contract position opening a new store, which became permanent, then an assistant manager position. Left after 9 months to go to a bigger store, where I was, over the course of the next 4 years, a Sales Lead, Planogrammer, Shipper-Receiver and Department Head/Assistant Manager.

Two years ago, my then-boss called me into the office and shouted at me a bit for not working hard enough, and told me I should work unpaid overtime. I went home and applied for the first retail management job I saw online, and to my abject surprise (and, I must admit, mild horror) I got the job. So now I'm a Store Manager. In retail. And I fucking hate it, but at this point I'm practically institutionalised.

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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
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Malc74 wrote:
I'm very impressed by the number of people who've gone from seemingly-rubbish jobs, straight into the IT sector. What's the feckin' secret?


In my case, an IT degree.

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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
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Actually no. I got my degree after I started. Technician was an entry level (9k!) position and I've worked my way up through the grades


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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
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GazChap wrote:
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So.. Employed by the MNA group were you? I am now..

I was indeed. Whereabouts are you "stationed"? :P


West Brom. Working for the sister paper.. Was the company as much of a shambles then as it is now?


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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
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Craster wrote:
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I'm very impressed by the number of people who've gone from seemingly-rubbish jobs, straight into the IT sector. What's the feckin' secret?


In my case, an IT degree.


Ah, that makes sense! :belm:
For some reason I didn't even think of "crappy early job - education - qualification - really nice job in chosen field."

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 9:51 
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What's worse is that I meant the moody blues!

I rushed the post, and I got confused between those 2 bands as to which one sang "Knights in white satin"

Essentially they came in to the cafe and played that song, and we broadcast it over the interent live on real player (about a week after real player came out) apparently it was the first live band to be broadcast over the internet in this way.

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Malc74 wrote:
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I'm very impressed by the number of people who've gone from seemingly-rubbish jobs, straight into the IT sector. What's the feckin' secret?


In my case, an IT degree.


Ah, that makes sense! :belm:
For some reason I didn't even think of "crappy early job - education - qualification - really nice job in chosen field."


Damn.. qualifications! Knew I'd forgotten something along the way...

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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:28 
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I forgot one!

I spent 8 miserable hours attempting to sell Karate club membership door to door in Stockon-on-Tees.

We were instructed to lay down the hard sell on everyone that opened their door. Even frail old grannies, FFS.

GKR, you can kiss my arse, you scamming fucks


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 11:04 
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I forgot one!

I spent 8 miserable hours attempting to sell Karate club membership door to door in Stockon-on-Tees.

We were instructed to lay down the hard sell on everyone that opened their door. Even frail old grannies, FFS.

GKR, you can kiss my arse, you scamming fucks


Punch the grannies in the face when the open the door. Instant sale.

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DavPaz wrote:
I forgot one!

I spent 8 miserable hours attempting to sell Karate club membership door to door in Stockon-on-Tees.

We were instructed to lay down the hard sell on everyone that opened their door. Even frail old grannies, FFS.

GKR, you can kiss my arse, you scamming fucks

You did it for goodness sake. A company is the people working for it - you were part of the problem, davpaz. *shakes head sadly*

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Oh, you know the cafes at railway stations, the ones that sell tea/coffee/cakes? I used to work at one. Had to go in at 0530 and get it all ready (sort out the papers, bake cakes, make sandwiches, etc) for opening at 0615. Then work through until 13.30. Or come in at 1300 and work until close, then tidy up. During that time, I suffered verbal abuse from disgruntled train passengers over the state of the nation's railways, got robbed, got to know the taxi drivers and get free lifts in town, turned off a fruit machine after someone below the age of 18 had just stuck £30 quid in it, got £15 in smith's vouchers for being awesome, worked with a really odd bloke ("I'd have more chance of going out with Buffy than you as I know Tae Kwon Do"), several mad girls and older women and the boss hit on me during her leaving do. It was quite good as I got to go surfing in the morning or afternoon and it was only really busy once an hour.

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I was a gardener for the council, and I drove the main road. This was in the summer break one year while I was at university, 20 years old. they gave me my own battered Datsun truck, and I drove around the scenic spots and landmarks of highland perthshire, strimming the verges of carparks and so on. Week-about, I'd mow the lawns of council houses in Aberfeldy. Hard work, little pay and often lonely, but I was happy back then, I think. And fit from all the exercise.


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I was a gardener for the council, and I drove the main road. This was in the summer break one year while I was at university, 20 years old. they gave me my own battered Datsun truck, and I drove around picking up sexy freshers and taking them to the scenic spots and landmarks of highland perthshire. Week-about, I'd mow the lawns of council houses in Aberfeldy. Hard work, little pay and often lonely, but I was happy back then and now have a comprehensive list of the best dogging locations, I think. And fit from all the 'exercise' with the laydeez.


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You know if I wasn't in this job I'd love to work as a gardener.

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 Post subject: Re: Working stiffs
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You know if I wasn't in this job I'd love to work as a gardener.

I like the idea of it but I reckon it would be a bit miserable sometimes. I was watching something the other day which had a tree surgeon on it and he was saying that everyone he ever talks to who works in an office says that they'd love his job. He thought they were all idiots.


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