What do you do for a living

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Kevinthedog, Dec 28, 2016.

  1. I've just applied to do an access course to study to be a paramedic as I yearn for a change in career.
  2. You'd think so but they don't. The track is split into sections, typically anything from a few hundred metres to more than a mile long. Each section is electrically isolated from the next, and a voltage is applied across the two rails; when a train occupies a section the wheel sets short out the voltage and this is detected by lineside equipment and a 'section-occupied' message transmitted to the signalling control system. This is known as a 'track circuit' and you only really get to hear about them when they go wrong ('we are sorry to announce a delay to your journey because of a track circuit failure at Willesden Junction').

    Funnily enough the project I work will put transponders on the trains and do away with track circuits... It's the future, and you predicted it!
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  3. I'm amazed it doesn't exist already. You'd think that's the way they'd do it.
  4. What's going on I ask what you all do for a living and it's turned into train spotters are us.
    I blame you @snotty
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  5. Dazza

    Dazza Eyebrow not high brow

    Business development manager for an Electrical Contractors ..don't ask me what I actually do though;)
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  6. Could be worse. If Ricky Roo were here, I could ask him what's happening up at Norton Bridge...
  7. Very true
    Carry on
  8. Poptop2

    Poptop2 Moderator

    He says '&^%$£ off, he's not saying!
  9. Baysearcher

    Baysearcher [secret moderator]

    Been a project manager for the last 16 years.
    Done some great stuff (Global Retail PM for Nokia and Roll-out PM for Imperial Tobacco) which gave me opportunities to work in just about every European country, the US, Hong Kong, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey etc etc.
    Now in a new office about 4 miles from my home.
    I don't miss sitting about in airports, or the monthly taxi bill, that's for sure!
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  10. Poptop2

    Poptop2 Moderator

    How's it going?
  11. Baysearcher

    Baysearcher [secret moderator]

    It's alright mate cheers.
    It's weird working for a little local firm rather than a multi-national. The bosses actually know your name for a start!
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  12. Poptop2

    Poptop2 Moderator

    4 month's already???? :confused:
  13. Poptop2

    Poptop2 Moderator

    I think it is anyway?
  14. Baysearcher

    Baysearcher [secret moderator]

    I've only worked for them proper for about 6 weeks but contracted to them for 18!
  15. Poptop2

    Poptop2 Moderator

    Sorry. I was confusing it with another mates job change!
  16. Well, I'll just have to drive up there and see. I might have a Bender on the Chase.
  17. Poptop2

    Poptop2 Moderator

    You will if you go out there with Rick, that's for sure.

    He's a yam yam now though!
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  18. Decided at a young age, to only do things I enjoy... So only took school subjects I enjoyed, working on the principal if I learn what I enjoy I will never have bad days at work....

    I qualified as a Robotic Engineer, then took a bit of time to work out what jobs I could actually do with the qualification... then when the penny dropped travelled the world installing plasma and laser cutters for a few years, then moved into Aerospace... 16years on I have been privileged to witness some amazing first flights, test some incredibly expensive toys, and overall have had a proper laugh with some of the brightest buttons in the box...

    Actual work is colouring in spreadsheets, simple stuff, but it took a bit to learn which colour goes into which square and what to do when the coloured pens run out!

    I am happy to say I love my job, and love the fun and adventure it brings....

    I try to learn something each day, and always have a five year plan to keep pushing me on to better things, but the bit about only doing what I enjoy has never left me... once I don't enjoy something I move on... life is too short, and the world is a stunning place to discover
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2017
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  19. Terrordales

    Terrordales Nightshift Admin

    Good luck, being a paramedic is not the worst job I've ever had.
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  20. Dead interesting!
    Don't know a guy called John Cooper do you? I think he was one of the project managers on untangling the knotted ball of wool that is London Bridge.

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