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What I used to do.
Wed 22-May-13
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Xahha
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I had a bit of a nostalgic longing to be part of this

this link will go to a you tube video, showing an activity going on in the laboratory I used to work in until very recently. I used to be involved in things like this as well as the "day" job.

I know all of the developers featured in this clip, but not the competition finalists though.

 

It was a bit of a "sigh" moment when I saw it.frown

 

Martin

 Are we having fun yet? I am!

Thu 23-May-13
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I used to work on these and newer systems

 

A well fed rat is a HappyRat    A smile a day keeps the psychiatrist away.

Thu 23-May-13
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I was a state registered nurse, a ward sister by 23. I worked in burns, high dependency, Marsden, surgery and nuclear medicine. I left the NHS in 2001 and became a medical sales rep! Now I am a drop out living in rural France!

Trying to enjoy life as it is

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Thu 23-May-13
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I was secretary to a Chartered Building Surveyor in a large town in the Midlands.  Now I too am a drop out, in rural Somerset, living the good life and loving it.

learning to love veg…..except celery :-O

Thu 23-May-13
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I trained as a bilingual secretary at the French Institute in London then worked as a PA in Bath for the export director of an engineering co; in Bristol for a director of a chemical company;  for the head of a senior school/clerk to the governors in Cornwall then to the Chief Exec of the Health Authority for Devon and Cornwall.  Now I'm a retired smallholder's wife and busier then ever.  So glad to be out of the rat race and not constrained by deadlines or continually watching my back.

Thu 23-May-13
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I like Aly was a state registered nurse , working in the north east.  I have spent most of my married life living all over , including Cyprus ,Berlin, Northern Ireland, Munich , Bremmen and a lot of places in England. I like Aly and Sue am a drop out living with an Avionics Engineer husband.

Never give up Tomorrow is another day.

Fri 24-May-13
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I used to be bored at work. Other than when I worked at Hallmark Cards.

I'll try that again!

Fri 24-May-13
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Last ten years of my employ....retail systems analyst consultant and system training documentation specialist.  Worked for lots of companies in Europe, US of A and even stuff for China....that have since hit the wall...though China beat me to it.....did I have anything to do with it???   

I often wonder as I sit on my terrace in the sun and watch the sheep....and sip a drop of the red....eeekeeek.  

Who lives long sees much : The diary of my life in Bulgaria

Fri 24-May-13
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I worked as a laboratory chemist for 10 years, getting gradually more bored with the job before I packed it in to go back to university to do computer science. I then worked as a data analyst for a few more years before Emma talked me into doing a PhD. After that I worked at the university for just over a year doing cell biology before becoming a stay at home dad.

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Sat 25-May-13
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I loved reading what everyone used to do, but I'm the same as most of you, so glad to be out of the rat race type stuff. I used to head up a large investment operation for a big insurance company, had between a few hundred up to a thousand staff at any given time, all it would seem with problems, or at last that's how it felt!
Now I garden for mainly old ladies, make pickles and have about 50 other hobbies to keep me busy, wouldn't swop anything. Mike used to be an IT manager for the same company as me, he got retirement, I got redundancy.

Sat 25-May-13
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wave  I always wanted to be a Primary School teacher and enjoyed the job immensely.  I became a Head Teacher of a very small school and was there until I retired almost four years ago.  At first I missed the children so very much, but I have never missed the stresses of the job.  I listen to friends who are still Heads of small schools and feel sorry for them.  I love my retirement and would not change a thing.  smile

Old teachers never die, they just lose their class

Sat 25-May-13
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Taught in Elementary schools in a variety of roles - never had a regular class after my first six years of teaching. I was (sometimes two or more at a time) a teacher-librarian, Special Ed. teacher, Reading Recovery teacher (do you have that in the UK?), ESL teacher, computer skills teacher and, latterly, Chairperson (this is the role in a small school below Principal when there is no Vice-principal and is in addition to a full teaching assignment).

  I've been retired for 6 years and still fill in occasionally for absent teachers. I miss interactions with kids and the camaraderie of staff but not the minutae of administration tasks and the paperwork.

Home is where the heart is.

Mon 10-Jun-13
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When I left second level education my dad said “Sorry, son, can’t afford university.” This was in the days before grants etc. So he found me an apprenticeship with a firm of dispensing opticians in Cork city, 45 miles from home. I worked on the factory floor where lenses were ground to fill prescriptions and also in the shop in the city centre, helping customers with selecting frames. All the while studying for a qualification as a dispensing optician as it was called then doing a block release course at London University. My two weeks in London were fun, but that’s another story . . .

But I hated optical physics. It must be the driest and  most boring subject ever. And I stopped studying. The university eventually grassed me to the boss, who promptly fired me. That was after just six months. The next week I saw an ad in the local rag for a trainee computer programmer. I had no idea what it was all about. At interview I was given a competency test and must have done well because I got the job and have worked in IT more or less ever since.

That was all 38 years ago <sigh>.

Never knowingly underfed

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A mere baby!  Good to see you though, and to hear about your yoof. big_hug

I'll try that again!

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