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What do you do or what did you do at work

Hi, Mike Allen's thread of where we are got me thinking about our jobs. We all share a common interest, but our work lives can/have be/been quite diverse.

I work in the oil and gas sector in Aberdeen. I work within a small team of a large oil support company. Will lay pipelines around the world linking oil rigs to the main land refineries. I work onshore supporting the Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) that do the work divers cannot go to due to sea depth. 



  • WintersongWintersong Posts: 2,436

    I'm a writer who works part-time as a baker to fund her gardening addiction.image

  • I am, as my pic might suggest, a vet.

  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ...retail....formerly used to be a spy at GCHQ...

 , not really... ex-BT...and delighted to be pensioned off...

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,966

    Trained as a fine artist, ran a smallholding and catering business, then worked as an arts administrator at a gallery and early music venue (bliss) but eventually redundancy found me seeking another post - I went to work for the LA Children's Services Children with Disabilities team as a temp and got hooked - by nature I'm a problem solver and wow, what a lot of problems to solve!  So they trained me and I worked there until last 5th November when I retired with rockets, fountains, catherine wheels and sparklers image

    Supposed to be writing and painting - but when spring comes gardening keeps getting in the way image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • I work as a Senior Secretary at the moment.  Prior to that I worked in Social Care, but left due to the very stressful nature of the business.  But I have to say I am not keen on the current job and would love to retrain, but I just don't know what at.  After taking up our allotment a few years ago, I wish I had more time to garden!!!

    Our lives take such a twist and turn, and what once seemed fulfilling is now something I dread each morning. Especially as the kids get older and more independent.

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Murals and specialist paint effects; semi-retired, but still getting some work. I have been very lucky as complete strangers pay me to make a mess all over their wallsimage

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    I was a police officer in london, until stress took it's toll, then I moved away and became a gardener, and work for myself. I have never been happier in my work and stress is a thing of the past. I also teach kids to drive part time, hopefully to save a few young lives in the process.

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949




    Alas a humble draughtsman drawing up things to go on Marks oil rigs! I want to get out of the draughting job and retrain but I'm not sure in what. All my ideal jobs either don't pay well (and the mortgage puts paid to early retirement!!) Or are not really "suitable" for people with "bad backs".

  • Did 16 years in the army and recently quit to write a novel.  Which I haven't got round to writing yet...

    Wearside, England.
  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Love the name, Victoria!

    28 years teaching and retired early once I'd paid off the mortgage.  Now being paid for gardening (well, for a few hours a week) and enjoying the lack of stress image

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