What's your job?

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Found this topic quite interesting :)
Corporate Finance/Treasury Manager for a big pharma company in London.

Pros-
Good pay
Great company to work for, really an amazing culture, supportive environment.
Fancy meetings with IBs who come to us for business, some parts of it feel a lot like the series Suits when they close those massive deals.
Quite flexible in terms of hours' schedule, I never get to work before 9:30 and very rarely leave after 4:30. But I login at home if I have something to do, doesn't matter what time, and do it willingly. No one will ask you to login after you finish at 5/6 but I just do it out of respect, because I get a lot of flexibility back.

Cons-
None. Really can't find any.
 
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Found this topic quite interesting :)
Corporate Finance/Treasury Manager for a big pharma company in London.

Pros-

But I login at home if I have something to do, doesn't matter what time, and do it willingly. No one will ask you to login after you finish at 5/6 but I just do it out of respect, because I get a lot of flexibility back.

You didn't say and, you said but, this is why I would never have such a job.
 
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Royal Air Force aircraft engineer - 20 years this year, almost a pensioner. Enjoyed seeing all sorts of parts of the world at taxpayer expense...

Where you based? Although i haven't spent a lot of time in the UK, on paper i have been in Lincs for 26yrs!!
 
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I have a weird title now, Aerospace Certifying Staff Member, with Part 21 and 145 Approvals.
 
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Where you based? Although i haven't spent a lot of time in the UK, on paper i have been in Lincs for 26yrs!!

Officially in the same county, but currently doing my licenses down south so staying out of uniform for a couple of years. Looking at my LSA days on my pay slip I’ve been in a similar position!
 
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So what do you actually do? :D
Mostly, check other people's work and stamp and sign release paperwork.
Basically a legal declaration that I say the item is built to design. Only 2 of us with that authorisation.
I'm the only one on the Boeing approved source inspection as well, but not had to do one of those for a while, and shouldn't unless we loose our quality rating.
In between that I have to maintain a knowledge of every product so build fast turnaround stuff.
I also do inspection of stuff from our manufacturing plant which is abroad. I do 100% inspection.
Goods inward on raw parts as well. Lots of filling in paperwork such as Engineering change notices and Non conformance reports.
 
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Software Developer. Previously despised it but found a job with a really laid back company with a great bunch of people in the team, so sticking it out a little longer.

Pros
Great pay
Incredible pension contributions (old enough for that to matter now!)
Good bunch of people (finally)
Work from home which makes a huge positive after wasting my life on our appalling train service (thank you covid!)
Still get my kicks from writing code. Did run a dev department years ago, hated it and went back to development.

Cons
currently sat in the second day of several 10am - 6pm design meetings listening to BS Bingo
Agile and Agile puritans. Damn it all!


Side job of a burgeoning ebay sales empire and youtube megastar (76 subscribers and counting!) After being made redundant a couple of times over the last 30+ years i realise its important to have an income should that happen again.

Pros
I love rooting through junk looking for a bargain and making money

Cons
Listing things
Takes up all free time in charity shops, auctions and car boot sales. Although i enjoy that but it doesn't leave a lot of time.
 
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R&D Manager - Jelly Specialist

Want anything 'Haribo' type of Confectionery, I am the man from raw materials, recipes, all the way to the process and machinery to efficiently churn out tonnes of it for sales all over the world. I also troubleshoot process, quality and edibles-related issues.

Pro:
Extremely specialist - means not many 'young' experts around for the next generation to fill in consultation roles.
I get headhunted, haven't looked for a job in the last 8 years - I don't mean Linkedin messages on speculative roles.
International travel was regular in my previous global role - means I now have products I designed, sold pretty much all over the world (except South America, still an immature market for Jelly)
I kinda got what I wanted; Trained Pharmaceutical Scientist, now I am technically making drugs for all ages to legally indulge on.

Cons:
Extremely specialist- means if suddenly tomorrow, no one wants to eat Jelly Confectionery, I'll be out of a job.
R&D in these sectors are very competitive, I also prefer private companies, so it's usually once you're out, you're out.
I have many professional contacts but never direct contact with anyone still within those previous companies.
 
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Welder.
Welding anything from carbon to titanium etc.

Pros.
Pays okay.
Close to home.
Flexible if we need to go early etc,not many firms I have found in engineering where they let you do that, usually they make you take a days holiday for a quacks appointment etc.
Satisfaction when you pass your 6g test in whatever.
Good laughs.
Playing with flames etc

Cons.

Welding engineers,well just all engineers in general,have not got any common sense or grasp of welding.
Gaffer suffers from OCD...we have tolerances that a machine shop couldn't achieve...
Machinists,make life a living hell.
Joe blogs who wants you to weld his oil soaked aluminium car part up....
 
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Sr Enterprise CSM. Spent the past decade plus in tech roles, the last one being a sr software support engineer. I only had a few shades of my soul left from that endless career path so moved into CSM.

Long story short, I work for a IDaaS SSO company, all the top paying customers pay a bit extra to get a customer success manager. My sole purpose, be their voice in my company, I'm their single point of contact for a lot of items, if they raise a support case and need me to put pressure on getting it resolved, they reach out. If there is an outage, they call me first at any time during the day (the last time was 3am in the morning on a Saturday!). I help with product adoption, business reviews, feature requests and generally, as it's names, help make the customer more successful with our product. Regardless of a colleagues level in the company, my standing as the voice of the customer is louder. Obviously this comes with negotiating internally with development, engineering, support etc, ultimately I need to get the best for my customers and set expectations appropriately.

I absolutely love my job, my technical background offers a lot into the role as most CSM's come from an AM/Sales background. I get to talk to people that I've been in their shoes for years so I can understand the importance and complications of items and create great relationships. Generally my account size is 35-45. Following some cuts, it spiked up to 90 but only for a couple of months. As of right now, I've the highest NPS score in the company (82) and I put this down to not skill, but just enjoying my job and showing that in my customer interactions and creating great relationships.

I work my own hours, can schedule my own day, entirely left to my own devices and can work around the world when ever I want to. I love helping customers and it's always been a passion of mine to be that kiss ass :D

It pays remarkably well so I've been able to have a very comfortable life and I'm excited to continue the career. If anyone in tech wants to venture into this, reach out as I'm always happy to chat about how to move into it. The only thing you need is social skills and to be focused on tasks at hand and not let things slip through the nets.
 
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It pays remarkably well so I've been able to have a very comfortable life and I'm excited to continue the career. If anyone in tech wants to venture into this, reach out as I'm always happy to chat about how to move into it. The only thing you need is social skills and to be focused on tasks at hand and not let things slip through the nets.

I would be very interested in having a chat about this......
 
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Currently the Senior Exhibitions Officer at a major UK organisation (designing exhibitions, creating content, visitor spaceb theming and installations, basically relaying various information to visitors in layman terms). Middle management, a bit of responsibility, but great opportunity to experience new things, travel in the UK and abroad a bit, and massive opportunity to impact my industry through best practice/adding to the scientific literature. Pay is decent for the location.

Currently fighting for my job though with redundancies, with 3 possible outcomes. Totally lose my job, drop 1/3 of my wage, or move up a grade in management with the restructure. Bit of a mix!
 
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I work in operations for a fund manager. It has its moments of being interesting, but to be honest I spend 99% of my time with 0 mental stimulation, although I do largely like the people I work with (even though I don't get to see them at the moment because of COVID). I'm on fairly decent money though, so I don't see myself moving voluntarily until I've paid off my mortgage, hopefully in the next 2-3 years. Then if I haven't come up with a decent plan for something else to do then I might just try loads of different things and see if anything clicks with me.
 
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Production supervisor for one of the leading fiber optic cable manufacturers. Great pay, I work 12 hour swing shift which means I only work half a year.
The hardest part of my job is all the useless people we have working here. I've never written as many people up in my life until I started this job. They get good vacation time for the USA, and their averaging around $22-26 an hour. Which is great for the area.
Mostly my job is baby sitting adults.
 
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