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Old 26-11-2008, 08:31 AM
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Talking What do you do for work?

We've had threads like this from time to time, but we haven't had one in about 18 months so I reckon it's time to refresh and renew

Tell us what you do as a day job!

We can learn a bit more about each other and maybe find others in the same profession, or people who you want to buy products or exchanges services from

If you're retired, tell us what you used to do for work.

If you're in school, tell us what you're studying or what you want to do for work!

Who's gonna kick it off?
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Old 26-11-2008, 08:45 AM
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Well I've been working in kitchens since I was 13. That's 35 years of cooking now. Did my apprenticeship 1976 to 1979, worked with several noted Sydney chefs like Peter Doyle from est and Mark Armstrong from Pegrums. Along with my wife & business partners I've had the catering contract at The Kareela Golf Club for 16 years. Still got 10 fingers so my knife skills aren't lacking.
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Old 26-11-2008, 08:50 AM
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Since no one knows me...

- What pays for my hobbies: IT Manager
- Studying for a Grad. Dip. in Japanese at Monash Uni (for fun)
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Old 26-11-2008, 09:00 AM
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Hi Mike.

Radio newsreader and editor/journalist with the Fairfax radio network.

Have worked in radio at various stations since 1996. Prior to this, newspapers and magazine editing.

Education-wise...graduated the University of Western Sydney back in the late 80s with a Bachelor of Arts (Applied Communication) and later studied full-time at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School at Ryde in Sydney.

Have also dabbled in a little TV (ABC)...

Now...tell us a little about yourself
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Old 26-11-2008, 09:04 AM
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Taxi driver, yellow and black taxis, LOL.
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Old 26-11-2008, 09:06 AM
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Ummm, retired......

Before that, Royal Australian Navy on A Class patrol boats then trained as a helicopter door gunner to go to Vietnam (just missed out). NSW cops for 30 years, 28 of them in Police Rescue and the Air Wing, was also a senior Weapons Instructor and was in District SWOS teams.

Retired as a Senior Sergeant.


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Old 26-11-2008, 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Clarry View Post
worked with several noted Sydney chefs like Peter Doyle
Were you there at the same time as my cousin Tony Parker?

There's nothing glamorous about my job.
I'm a front end supervisor at our local Supa IGA. (checkout chick)
It does have it's perks though, while chatting to customers, I've gotten to meet quite a few locals who own scopes, 4 of whom I'd call serious amateurs and another 3 who are very keen beginners.
We get transient astronomers dropping in from Brisbane on their way to the monthly star party held at Hazeldean , just outside of town.
And once a year we have Astronomers from all over the country coming in, stocking up with supplies for Qld Astrofest.
So yeh, I like my job.
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Old 26-11-2008, 09:29 AM
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Here's a boring one.

I'm an Accountant at a not-for-profit residential aged care facility. I've been here for a bit over 3 years.
Before that I spent 4 1/2 years working in a public practice firm as a tax accountant.
Before that I was at school.

It pays for astronomical equipment so it can't be all bad .

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Old 26-11-2008, 09:32 AM
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Currently I am a Centrelink Funding/Spending Specialist

Before this 'golen age of guilt' I was a Laboratory Technition. Sounds brighter than it is - we test construction materials, concrete, quarry materials - roadbases ect.

Will be back on the horse early next year, and am hoping to study Astronomy in the hope of one day doing something that i actually enjoy.

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Old 26-11-2008, 09:50 AM
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Have a management job in a Melbourne University. Facilitate the establishment of contracts and agreements for research work, from small to multi-million $s. About 400 a year.

No, not a lawyer, just a worn out research chemist who diverted into management some 15 years ago. Done my time in Industry and Universities. Long Service leave and retirement beckon when the super is fat enough!
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Old 26-11-2008, 09:55 AM
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After attaining a science (computing) degree from university, I did the usual technical support work for a number of ISPs, then did some pre-sales engineering (IT), and then a lecturer of computing at a private college in Sydney. I was then offered a graduate/rotation position at where I am now.

I now have the job of my dreams.

I'm a UNIX (Solaris) systems administrator working for IP Australia, a federal government department, here in Canberra. I've been here for just under 3 years.

We used to be called the Patent Office, but, in fairness to all the other forms of intellectual property (patents, trademarks, designs and plant breeder's rights) the name was changed to IP Australia.

I'm currently studying for my Sun Certified Systems Administrator for the Solaris 10 Operating System. After this qualification, I hope to gain the network and security qualifications, too.

As well as loving what I do, I have the very good fortune of working with some very, very bright and clever people.

As an aside, I'm in the throes of beginning a photography business.


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Old 26-11-2008, 10:09 AM
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I'm a country GP. Deliver babies and perform anaesthetics plus my rooms. Long hours but very enjoyable work.
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Old 26-11-2008, 10:10 AM
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I'm a Photographer (since I was 16), a Water Well Driller (Since I was 14) and now my Dad and I are starting to get into market gardening..

So I have a few strings in my bow lol
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Old 26-11-2008, 10:11 AM
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Another retired slave...


Retired now, before that (going backwards)

- Educational admin in TAFE NSW
- TAFE head teacher and teacher for 20 years
- Manufacturing engineer

I guess I think of myself as an engineer at heart.

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Old 26-11-2008, 10:14 AM
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Old 26-11-2008, 10:21 AM
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Part owner of Lismore City Printery (with my brother). The firm was started off by by father and uncle after WW2. The early days were fairly primitive compared to the technology-driven industry it is now. Steep learning curve when home computers were developed and implemented. The technology and PDF workflows we use now enables us to compete with big city firms on quality and price (in our market niche).
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Old 26-11-2008, 11:08 AM
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An awful lot of not very much...Been retired for 10 years. Prior to that main roads, WA and NSW. A very interesting job with the Main Roads in WA, looking for gravel and water in the back blocks of The Kimberlies prior to putting down the blacktop from Broome to the WA/NT border.
Yep! blame me for the blow outs.
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Old 26-11-2008, 11:17 AM
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Old 26-11-2008, 11:20 AM
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finished scool in 84 went to tafe i'm know an artist in burn't clay
(bricklayer) very enjoyable job work for myself

if the rain keeps up no laying bricks and no observing
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Old 26-11-2008, 11:27 AM
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