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Spill the beans on your job

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Gumnast2014 Sat 09-Aug-14 20:18:14

I am always stupidly interested in what other people do for a job (grass is always greener type thing)

I'll start

Operations manager for integrated drug and alcohol service in the Nhs. Nursing degree and management qualification. Started as a staff nurse doing home detox's for clients coming off drugs and alcohol, done non medical prescribing course and done that for 2 years and progressed up. Current salary 45k. My current role is the management and supervision of the whole team, ensuring tight governance within the whole service, responding to complaints, reviewing incidents, managing the budget.

Overall I love it but I really really miss the hands in stuff and the face to face work with the clients. I feel as if I deal with all the rubbish and the reason why I started doing this role was the clients and now that's not part of my role.

Anyway what about you (I'm so nosy)gringrin

LabradorMama Sat 09-Aug-14 20:24:52

I have just left my job to be a SAHM for a while but I was a Procurement Officer for a multi national PLC, FT250 company. I managed a budget of £32m and worked alone in a department of 1, although it should have been much larger given the size of the company and workload.

They recruited maternity cover (after I'd started mat leave) who has been asked to stay, they also recruited a Head of department, plus they were going to have me back and recruit a fourth person. So this time last year I was running the show on my own, heavily pregnant and told I couldn't recruit and now there's going to be four of them!

WestEast Sat 09-Aug-14 20:25:34

Staff nurse in a large teaching hospital, will be starting a new role as a community nurse in the next few months (hr checks pending). Earn band five salary. About £22k.

AlpacaLypse Sat 09-Aug-14 20:35:24

Gumnast total respect for your first role, my family and I will always remember the nurse who supported my brother through his attempt at home detox for alcohol. You chaps did your bit, it was him that fell off the wagon again.

JoyceDivision Sat 09-Aug-14 20:41:49

Work in insurance in complaints section. just dropped my hours from 3.5days a week to 2.

Dead boring, i had a place at uni and freaked out (in the days of free uni too!!!) and didn't go.

It's my one regret and now with dc and mortgage we def can't afford fpor me tp go back (and with dh wages even the OU would be normal uni fees overalll)

However, I am chuffed at lowering my days, am going to get more time with dcsand start trying to get involved with school, see more of them un the holidays

we will be skint but I have takebn the plunge andthought fuck it, looked at like and decided what were realistic priorities for us at the moment

EvilHerbivore Sat 09-Aug-14 20:45:29

Youth worker/ assistant youth and community club leader - salary is pants but the job is really flexible so great with 2 small DSs, I get on well with the team I work with mostly! and I love seeing the young people almost daily and watching them change/grow into young adults and hoping we had a hand in that in some way especially the more "difficult" ones grin

There bad bits are obviously the money, in all circumstances - the wages are very low and because we are a charity, its constantly looking for grants and writing for bids just so we can deliver much needed work

DearGirl Sat 09-Aug-14 20:51:19


Easy job - just going to the park, eating icecream, hanging with friends.


Also dealing with clingy grumpy baby when boss working from home on important business call. Dealing with train trumping 6 year old who refuses to go to school, the constant tidying and cleaning up having convversations and listening to my own voice for 12 hours a day

I love my job smile

TheSarcasticFringehead Sat 09-Aug-14 20:53:32

I'm an animator. All great fun as basically I do what I love, until you end up spending five weeks on ten minutes worth of rain in the background.

Seriouslyffs Sat 09-Aug-14 20:53:35

Something very similar to your first role, but less directed/ task focused. Lots of time to talk to clients and build relationships. Incredibly rewarding, but I earn less than half what you do!

I work in a Marina. I get to fanny about on boats occasionally but it doesn't pay very well.

WienerDiva Sat 09-Aug-14 20:58:09

I was a receptionist at a veterinary hospital. I think they think I still work there?

I mainly dealt with face to face complaints and those who couldn't pay.

It was ace, stupid clients, angry clients, PITA clients, breeder knows better than a vet clients, rich clients, poor clients, "I luffs my snuggles too much" clients, couldn't give a fuck about my dog, oops I mean cat clients.

You name them, I dealt with them. It was great.

I'm an HR officer for a well known food manufacturer. I have a masters degree in business and human resource management. I really can't make that sound more interesting grin

startwig1982 Sat 09-Aug-14 21:02:09

Secondary school maths teacher. Currently work 3 days a week but am on maternity leave now.
I love the teaching bit and the kids and my department but it's been a shitty year for everyone at the school. Plus as a maths department we're under a lot of pressure. For the money we get and the hours we put in, it works out as not a lot really.

FuckyNell Sat 09-Aug-14 21:03:05

I work in the village pharmacy.

Yes I do know who up the school has piles grin

Gumnast2014 Sat 09-Aug-14 21:07:39

Hats off mums netters we do a right variety if jobs between us!

FiveGoMadInDorset Sat 09-Aug-14 21:09:53

Admin for substance misuse team and mental health team based in prisons. Was full time admin for IDTS in prison until they shut it last year.

CardiffUniversityNetballTeam Sat 09-Aug-14 21:10:12

I'm a store manager for a well known coffee house company. It's very hard work. On your feet for 9 hour shifts. I work full time 42hrs per week. There's a lot of pressure to grow sales and meet targets. But I love my regular customers and all the people I work with.
It is incredibly flexible in terms of fitting around school. I can either pick up or drop off DS everyday. I do have to work evenings and weekends though.
It pays more than most people probably think and some of the added perks and benefits are also very good.
I do often wish I had gone to university though. I could be doing something a bit more professional, I sometimes feel like I'm still doing a Saturday job and eventually I will need to get a "proper" job!

shouldnthavesaid Sat 09-Aug-14 21:11:23

HCA for nhs.

In a 'typical' day I wake up twenty patients, sit them up for breakfast, tidy their tables. I then check charts, prepare breakfast, take breakfast orders, give breakfast, feed patients who need fed, record it all... I then assist in washing anything up to 8 patients, check catheters, check charts, give medication, do blood glucose tests. On a weekday I also check the theatre list, prepare patients for theatre. We then try to keep patients comfortable for the day, continually checking charts, giving bed pans, commodes, getting weights, giving fluids and snacks, and go through two more meals. I also escort patients to scans and theatres and ward moves, I also do paperwork, phone other wards, talk to relatives, advocate for patients. I also do simple cleaning and maintenance including cleaning beds after use.

In a normal day I also have ten new patients, six discharges, two staff off sick, a patient screaming at me, three incotinent patients, two or three patients who are seriously ill and needing more care than we really have the staff for , relatives who are very upset and needing a private chat, seven needing back from theatre at once, one who wants a cigarette outside and another who wants me to unlock the back door for them and let the dog in ... I'm also new to paid caring and have yet to get any formal certified training (have had plenty of shadowing).

I love it though - when someone walks out of the ward smiling or when they give me a hug and a sincere thanks, when they tell me I'm doing a good job and things go right.. That part, I love and I would work 24/7 if that happened every shift.

I'm band 2 salary - £7.07 per hour, work 12.25 hour shifts which is pretty good to be honest - I'm working tommorow then not again til Thursday smile

Lally112 Sat 09-Aug-14 21:12:30

WienerDiva you have my sympathies, registered (non practising) vet nurse back in agriculture because I hate most pet owners (for every good one there is at least 20 shit ones).

I work on a farm for a husband/ wife duo. The wife runs a breeding/ livery/ stud stables and riding school, husband has beef and lamb farm. I work for whichever one of them needs me on the day so I could be bedding a cattleshed one day, getting sheep of a hill the next day and teaching pony club at the weekend. Pays a pittance but its next door to home and I'm happy.

Fabsmum Sat 09-Aug-14 21:12:37

NCT teacher. Earn about 12K a year for about 24 hours teaching a month. This would translate to a full-time salary of about 40K a year, but there are very few NCT teachers who work this much.

We plan and deliver our own courses but don't get involved in booking courses or organising our venues.

I absolutely love my job - it's a huge privilege to have a little share in such an exciting time in people's lives.

NCT clients are, on the whole, phenomenal. I've met so many interesting and nice people.

The downsides of the job are worrying about baby losses :-( I feel so happy and relieved when I know all the babies in a group have arrived safely.

Laquitar Sat 09-Aug-14 21:12:42

Wow Cat i would love to work on Marina and 'fanny about on boats' !


I deal with data and i phone companies abroad, i use my languages.

It is ok-ish.

OP your job sounds interesting.

swooosh Sat 09-Aug-14 21:12:55

I work as a theatre assistant. My main areas are Endoscopy, Gynae and Plastics. Arses, Abdos, Fannys and Boobs grin

I am the link between the dirty and clean areas. I start an Access course in September at which I'll drop my work to one day a week and next year I'll go to uni hopefully to train as an Operating Department Practitioner.

Fabsmum Sat 09-Aug-14 21:14:47

shouldnthave I feel tired just reading about what you do at work.


I also do a bit of kids entertaining here and there.

Face painting, glitter tattoos and balloon modelling.

I even have a clown outfit gringringrin

HicDraconis Sat 09-Aug-14 21:18:02

Anaesthetist. I'm the one that comes in at 3am to put an epidural in so you can sleep through the rest of your labour. Also looking after ICU patients, giving general anaesthetics (mostly) during the day for a variety of procedures, sorting out the critically sick, putting in lines when the junior docs can't, running an anaesthetic obstetric referral service and trying to work out why Mrs X in recovery is complaining of severe 10/10 pain but is also still asleep.

On the non clinical side, rewriting policies & guidelines, on various committees, teaching trainees, involved in equipment evaluation / purchase (no budget though, have to spend other people's!), conferences in exotic locations (Singapore a few months ago, London next January).

60h week not including call - but I get to live in NZ and wake up to stunning sea views with snow-capped mountains on the skyline. Love my job smile

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