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Overworked and underpaid...

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23 Feb 2012
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Southampton
Just wondering what other people in the community do for a living?
I'am a hotel manager, hardly any days below 12 hours, split days off, away from the family and friends when they party, a fairly low salary considering the responsibilities, and yet I like my job, It's rewarding, ever changing, always challenging...And more importantly it's the only thing I know how to do...
What about you? What do you do? And how do you feel about it?
 

ale36

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16 Nov 2012
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Location
Stansted ,Essex
Hi work for a Laser Modules manufacturer, that's right we make laser, we manufacture laser for all different kinds of applications such as car wheel alignment, Patient positioning (MRI scanners), particles analysers etc. etc.Im the Quality Controller my role is to make sure that the products we make are built up to standard and meet specification, i enjoy my job it has its ups and downs but so does every other job
 

sa80mark

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2 Oct 2007
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Location
Leicester
Im a self employed carpenter and although I have days/weeks where I can work 18 hour days I love it, to me its like a hobby I get paid to do, im fortunate that I have some very loyal customers that keep me busy and do a lot of contract work for a big shop fitting company so for me no 2 days are ever the same, I dont answer to anyone and if I chose to do less work one week I can do :) having said all that I would give it tomorrow to be back in the army that was my passion
 

aliclarke86

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21 Mar 2013
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I work as a supervisor in retail. I don't particularly "like" the job but I have a great team and we have a good laugh

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Gary Nelson

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20 Jan 2011
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Leicestershire
I work in IT (3rd line) I get shouted at allot, slapped on the back of the neck and my hair is going grey! but good points are that the company I work for actually bought me a big old rocking chair and a rent a big field where I can go at the end of each day and scream!!!!
Only joking....;) my job is very varied so days seem to pass very quickly, yes it can be a little stressful sometimes, but I enjoy it - I have great work colleague's and have a good laugh... when it is stressful, its nice to go home and sit and look at my tank :thumbup:
 

ian_m

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Eastleigh
I was once underworked and overpaid.....not good...being bored most of the day was certainly not worth the money...
 

Lindy

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29 Jun 2012
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Ayrshire, Scotland
Before I had my daughter I had a dog grooming business. When I start to miss it I just have to visit some of my friends that are still in the business to remind me what a hard graft it is. Yes you can choose when you take your hols and days off but most self employed take much less hols than others who are employed as time away is money lost, customers waiting and hideous backlog waiting for you when you get back. I used to be booked up 6weeks in advance in the summer and 8weeks before December madness. Nightmare!
 

NattyAntlers

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22 May 2012
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Location
far far away
Nope, taken on by a company to do a programming job that took ages and ages to never arrive !!!


Sounds like a Government IT project.

Business travel for me right now, previously a couple of British airlines, I do miss working around LHR but to be honest I done so many different jobs yet always known that I have never found the right path.
 

ghostsword

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19 Nov 2009
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Cape Town, South Africa
IT Security Manager for one company, and Infrastructure Engineer for another. So yes, I work for two companies.. I can work from home, with the odd travel to places like Malta, Curacao, Sweeden, Toronto and Ireland.

Was based in London previously, now working from South Africa.

Overworked, but surely not underpaid. :) Love it.
 

foxfish

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11 Oct 2009
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Guernsey
I maintain 7 koi ponds & 4 marine tanks all of which I built before semi retiring a few years ago :)
I originally left school with no qualifications at 15 years old.
I trained as a shipwright, becoming a master carpenter after 7 years but... then moved into office work & then a koi farm manager before becoming self employed around 30 years old.
I then spent the next 20 years building Koi ponds & specialist garden design projects with a small team of guys.
However I have been involved in many side lines, some profitable & some not but whatever the outcome.... it has been a good ride.
My low point was loosing 30k of koi & then getting a 5k vet bill for treatment that did not work!
My high point was a winning a 180k koi pond & landscape project, even though I only 'just' made a small profit it was a pleasure to build!
 

OllieNZ

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11 Nov 2009
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Witney, UK
I'm a full time carer for my fiancées ( will be my wife on the 19th :) ) autistic 17 ( will be 18 on the 19th ) year old son.

So I get to work from home, if you can call it work.
Harder work than alot do if my 6yo autistic daughter is anything to go by.
As for me Im an aircraft engineer and currently studying for my B1 licence. Not over paid but love my job and work with a great bunch of lads, kind of a paid hobby really
 

Wallace

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7 Mar 2012
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Bramley, Surrey
Harder work than alot do if my 6yo autistic daughter is anything to go by.

Thanks, for the most part he isn't hard work at all. Then there are those days when it seems like whatever it is that he doing, he's doing on purpose to wind me up. I know that he isn't, although sometimes he does and I just feel like screaming.

The one bonus that comes out of it, is that I get to maintain my tanks without it interfering in general family life.
 

Curvball

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22 Feb 2013
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Location
Colchester
I work as a web designer & front end developer. For me it is all about the user experience. Work is quite varied from normal websites through to mobile applications.


Posted from the comfort of my iPhone...
 

Samjpikey

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22 Mar 2013
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Location
Devon
Fully employed mainly installing double glazing and conservatories/ fascia guttering decking cladding / amongst other things .
Have been with the same company for 10 years now and thoroughly enjoy it. Working in a different place most days and the majority is local .Putting up a conservatory is like A big meccano set :)
I'm looking into fully installing solar panels as well
Cheers


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RolyMo

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19 Jun 2012
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Location
Fareham, UK
Enterprise Software Sales guy - Selling numerous infrastructure management solutions to medium and large companies. Job is great, getting to meet different people and listening to the challenges they face. Pressure is not great, targets etc. combined with 3 girls in the house. :facepalm:
 

Nutty

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6 May 2013
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R&D Analytical Assistant for a well known analgesics brand. Main job is performing rather un-glamorous stability work, but lately been getting into some interesting investigations with developing new products and also getting into producing the submission required for applications. Some long days, but it worth it when you see a product you've work on on the shelf in Asda!
 
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