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What's your job?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by DanTheMan, 23 Jul 2020.

  1. tres


    Joined: 16 Oct 2007

    Posts: 7,115

    Location: UK

    I start a paeds GPST1 rotation in Feb Minstadave - any essential reading you recommend?
    Also happy I miss lots of bronchiolitis season!!
  2. Minstadave


    Joined: 8 Jan 2004

    Posts: 28,091

    Location: Rutland

    Bronchiolitis season is the best! I'm always tubing kids and packing them off to PICU.

    Lissaeur is probably all you'll ever need to be honest. I think that was the only text book I used in my training and I had it since medschool. Most of the learning is on the job practical stuff.
  3. LeeUK


    Joined: 1 Mar 2008

    Posts: 5,441

    I work in a factory.

    Pros: Weekly pay, weekends off, 2 weeks off at Xmas.
    Cons: Everything else.

    Was planning on looking for something else/better this year but Corona put paid to that.
  4. SexyGreyFox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 29 Mar 2003

    Posts: 51,701

    Location: Stoke on Trent

    In the 10 years I've been doing it I've only known two Clinicians struck off and both made the National News.
    You have to be continually negligent like the Clinician doing the breast operations.
  5. novaenough


    Joined: 18 Mar 2014

    Posts: 688

    Location: Aberdeen

    Senior technician for local council.

    I look after two teams, one of which looks after all our parking meters, the other team runs our CCTV control room, I also look after our EV chargers.

    No two days are the same.
    Variety of work, believe it or not.
    Can escape the office and do some hands on work, not very often unfortunately
    Seem to have acquired the workload of 3 posts but didn't get a time machine
    Staffing issues
    Dealing with the public
  6. Screenbeat


    Joined: 25 Apr 2012

    Posts: 459

    Location: Oxford

    Mechanical maintenance engineer.

    I get to work with all manner of stuff

    Have to deal with idiots daily though!!
  7. Diddums


    Joined: 24 Oct 2012

    Posts: 20,581

    Location: London

    What do you maintain?
  8. Screenbeat


    Joined: 25 Apr 2012

    Posts: 459

    Location: Oxford

    Laboratory buildings,

    Heating/cooling and controls etc, quite varied really. Originally started off at a chemical plant so a slight change

    I was a supervisor for the last 5 years but have recently moved back on the tools. Sat at a desk getting fat.

    Im just about now remembering how not to hurt myself. Have had a few epic cuts and bruises though!!
  9. Diddums


    Joined: 24 Oct 2012

    Posts: 20,581

    Location: London

    So you maintain the HVAC kit, or the actual lab equipment?
  10. Terminal_Boy


    Joined: 13 Apr 2013

    Posts: 8,990

    Location: La France

    That’s not exactly reassuring.
  11. tres


    Joined: 16 Oct 2007

    Posts: 7,115

    Location: UK

    It is for me!
  12. Gooner Leroy


    Joined: 11 Mar 2012

    Posts: 2,949

    Location: Stockton-on-Tees

    Explosives engineer, mainly working within the quarrying industry.

    It can be fun at times :cool:
  13. Illuminist


    Joined: 26 Sep 2017

    Posts: 5,559

    Location: In the Masonic Temple

    Work for Amd but corona has probably cost me the job as it involved travelling around and visiting stores , demonstrations and touching everything. we shall see.

    Pros - information, free stuff, great employer
    Cons - Long travelling every day (around 5 hours of driving) , corona
  14. UTT


    Joined: 2 Mar 2018

    Posts: 134

    I would love to do your job for a day!
  15. ruffneck

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 8 Jul 2004

    Posts: 2,386

    Location: Le Norfolk

    Principal Security Consultant (Penetration Tester)

    I spend my time breaking into things, dealing with pre-sales and writing mammoth reports.


    Breaking into networks/systems/applications/buildings can be a real hoot
    Great community
    Okayish pay


    Report writing
    Can be lots of travel
    A lot of exams/research to stay current.
  16. FBi7


    Joined: 19 Jun 2009

    Posts: 974

    Location: Central Scotland

    I'm a Paramedic.

    Pretty much my own boss, out and about on the road.
    Development of students new to the profession.
    Helping others in their hour of need.
    Reversal of life threatening conditions. I find a patient who was as good as dead when you got to them, to them becoming sat up talking to you, very, very satisfying and humbling. This doesn't happen as often as the anecdotes/media portray, in my experience anyway.
    Flirting with nurses ;)
    Continuous learning.
    Reasonable pay. Always room for improvement though.

    Professional registration fees.
    Late finishes.
    See more of my crewmates than I do my family sometimes.
    Students who aren't really interested in learning/in it for the 'glory'.
    Unsolicited advice from Members of The Royal College of Bystanders.
    Having to tell relatives that despite you and your colleagues' best efforts, their loved one has passed away.
    Most call outs don't actually require an emergency response.
    People feigning, (severity of) illness/injury. This is a fairly common occurrence.
    Over-saturation of over-dramatised ambulance programs on TV over the last few years.

    Long list of cons, there probably are one or two more, but despite this, I still totally love my job. I'd recommend it to anyone. But the job isn't for everyone.
    Last edited: 25 Jul 2020
  17. Dirk Diggler


    Joined: 6 Jan 2013

    Posts: 16,393

    Offshore Oil Crew, supervision so mainly desk bound but head out maybe 25% of the shift.

    • The pay is good
    • 6 months off a year
    • Commute in a helicopter
    • Work colleagues, I've met some really interesting people
    • The job is challenging and generally interesting
    • Observing humpback whales etc. as you go about your daily duties
    • Being away from family for 6 months a year
    • Missing social milestones (Xmas etc)
    • 21 x 14hr shifts without a break
    • Fog
  18. billysielu


    Joined: 9 Aug 2009

    Posts: 12,112

    Location: Oxfordshire

    Principal Software Engineer

    Do all sorts, architecture, databases, coding, management, tech escalations, devops, answering dumb emails.

    - Salary
    - Satisfaction from breadth and depth of experience, being very good at something is nice.

    - Startup I did most of the dev work for got sold and I didn't own any of it, so feel robbed of a few million.
    - Stress/health, at one point I was doing the work of 12 people.
    - Bored of it now, but anything else is a big salary step down.
  19. taB


    Joined: 2 Apr 2009

    Posts: 693

    Wine Merchant

    Pros: alcohol
    Cons: alcohol
  20. Mr^B


    Joined: 25 Nov 2002

    Posts: 3,434

    I'm a software (staff) engineer for a Hedge Fund, and have been developing software for asset management companies for over 20 years now (8 years for a traditional long-only mutual fund, 12 years for a hedge fund).

    - Interesting and varied work, just spent 2 years doing Linux/Python stuff after a career history of MS/.Net/C#
    - Great people to work with
    - Perks / pay / bonus are exceptionally good
    - Working from home (will continue WFH after COVID madness has gone away)

    - Can be stressful at times
    - Workload needs to be carefully managed
    - Out of hours call-outs when on the support rota.