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Greg's Pea

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Hi everyone,

I've noticed on a few forums that a lot of people come from an engineering, technical or scientific background. Wondering how far this goes got me thinking of the standard issue aquarist, where have you folks came from/do now?

Myself; I've got a Microbiology degree from Glasgow, spent a few years working in labs (micro/biotech), worked a few more years in technical sales (potable/boiler/sewage treatment, legionella control), few years teaching Secondary Science and A-level Biology and now I work in Business Strategy Consultancy (unsurprisingly, covering the areas I've previously worked in).


Look forward to hearing from the rest of you chaps and ladies :thumbup:
 

hinch

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meng embedded electronics & business studies
msci comp science & artificial intelligence

been managing director of my own software company for 15 years now.
 

Christie_ZXR

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Mine's a bit boring. No important qualifications to speak of, worked in a family business all my life. I've got a little art and craft shop now and I teach cardmaking in the evenings.
I do do my own motorcycle maintenence for the most part though, as long as it's the easy bits! Which is sort of engineering, in a very roundabout way :lol:
 

spyder

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Now for something totally boring.

I left school with a C&G in catering, had a few nonsense jobs. Was a Dj for a few years in Ibiza during the early 90's.

I suppose my career nowadays is mechanical/electrical maintenance on 10 pin bowling machinery. Been at it now a little over 13 years.

I have just started a business up with my partner making candles which started from a kit I got her for Xmas.
 

awtong

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I have a Biochemistry degree and currently work for a Scientific / Electronics company.

Andy
 
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Hist/Soc Degree.

I have a bigger interest in science now though, mainly evolutionary biology. Have done for the last 5/6 years.
 

geaves

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Spent most of my life in the Hotel and Catering industry, started life as a chef and ended as a hotel manager, now do IT support for my wife's school and trade forex from home.
 

Wallace

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No qualifications at all, worked in a factory when I was 18 making air con parts for Denso / Toyota ( that's my engineering bit) then worked at Heathrow for Cathay Pacific.

Last job was assistant manager for a kitchen company, I'm now a full time carer for my fiancés autistic son.
 

Greg's Pea

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ian_m said:
Degree in electronics.
Cool, you work in that field now?

hinch said:
meng embedded electronics & business studies
msci comp science & artificial intelligence

been managing director of my own software company for 15 years now.
Fully automated self cleaning tank, that is determined to hook itself up to the internet? I think skynet would have been a bit more passe if it had a fish or two in it.

Christie_ZXR said:
Mine's a bit boring. No important qualifications to speak of, worked in a family business all my life. I've got a little art and craft shop now and I teach cardmaking in the evenings.
I do do my own motorcycle maintenence for the most part though, as long as it's the easy bits! Which is sort of engineering, in a very roundabout way :lol:
Boring?! You've never had a long conversation with me!! Now that's boring.

spyder said:
Now for something totally boring.

I left school with a C&G in catering, had a few nonsense jobs. Was a Dj for a few years in Ibiza during the early 90's.

I suppose my career nowadays is mechanical/electrical maintenance on 10 pin bowling machinery. Been at it now a little over 13 years.

I have just started a business up with my partner making candles which started from a kit I got her for Xmas.
Someone else not realising how cool their job sounds!

Skatersav said:
I'm an international arms dealer.
Try supplying hands as an add-on sell?

awtong said:
I have a Biochemistry degree and currently work for a Scientific / Electronics company.

Andy
I was torn over biochem/immunology & micro so I took the easy option!

Morgan Freeman said:
Hist/Soc Degree.

I have a bigger interest in science now though, mainly evolutionary biology. Have done for the last 5/6 years.
My favourite part of the curriculum to teach when I was doing that, Microbial evolution - not every bodies cup of tea!

Wallace said:
No qualifications at all, worked in a factory when I was 18 making air con parts for Denso / Toyota ( that's my engineering bit) then worked at Heathrow for Cathay Pacific.

Last job was assistant manager for a kitchen company, I'm now a full time carer for my fiancés autistic son.
I couldn't come from the North East and not have spent at least some time working for Nissan, I had the joy of being a seat belt packer and then moved up to seat rubber - good times...

Well so far it seems fairly technical backgrounds for most - interesting stuff! (or am I just very easily pleased?) o_O

Cheers for sharing folks :thumbup:
 

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Greg's Pea said:
Skatersav wrote:
I'm an international arms dealer.

Try supplying hands as an add-on sell?
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Degree in Geography,..... didnt know what to do with that so entered the family business of car body repairs.... have been there for the last 14 years.
Cheerio,
Ady.
 

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Trained as an Aircraft/Composites Tech with the NZ airforce. Since getting out I've done boat building, pool cleaning, car windscreen/bodyglass fitting and currently working for an engineering firm doing CNC machining and learning to use CAD/CAM
 

foxfish

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Left school at 14, trained as a boat builder for 5 years, managed a koi farm come tourist attraction for 5 years.
Went self employed at 28 years old building koi ponds & developed my own company into specialist garden design business.
Sold up the business including a retail outlet about 10 years ago & started working part time building carbon components & handmade furniture.
Now I don't work to much but, I still keep busy building bespoke carbon spear guns.
I have kept a few maintenance contracts going on the bigger ponds that can keep me occupied during the summer but basically I have retired :thumbup:
 

dw1305

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Hi all,
A bit of farm work, followed by degree in Botany, a couple of years working as a nurseryman, and a few months as a Brickie's mate, further degree in Horticulture, (I looked at a horticultural use as a potting for "Spent Mushroom Compost" with some money from Heinz). After about 2 years I told Heinz there wasn't one and they kindly removed my money.

A couple of years working in the Horticultural department of a well known University in Bath, until it went belly-up (the Dept., not the University), followed by 22 years looking after a small lab & growing facility in a less well known University in Bath. I also do a bit of Environmental Consultancy and some data analysis for other people.

cheers Darrel
 

Greg's Pea

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dw1305 said:
Hi all,
A bit of farm work, followed by degree in Botany, a couple of years working as a nurseryman, and a few months as a Brickie's mate, further degree in Horticulture, (I looked at a horticultural use as a potting for "Spent Mushroom Compost" with some money from Heinz). After about 2 years I told Heinz there wasn't one and they kindly removed my money.

A couple of years working in the Horticultural department of a well known University in Bath, until it went belly-up (the Dept., not the University), followed by 22 years looking after a small lab & growing facility in a less well known University in Bath. I also do a bit of Environmental Consultancy and some data analysis for other people.

cheers Darrel
You've got to love the way research grants work, with the frequent "but, that's not what I wanted you to find out!!"

One of my favourite moments was running a small lab commercially growing Nitrobacter/Nitrosomonas sp for waste treatment and Basillus sp for fat degradation; the company director thought a sales boost could be had by "making" the bacteria a nice bright pink colour, as surely more people would buy it then?
 
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Degree in contemporary arts then ended up as an electrician !

plus the usual jobs growing up pot washer, bar man, labourer and sales assistant

wanted to put astronaught :)
 
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