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tevo1955

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what was our job career before retirement ?
« on: Jun 19, 2024, 01:12:51 PM »
OK I'll start it off , I worked 52 years as an aircraft engineer and seen many changes from an almost 'clock work' display of instrumentation to a digital computer driven age...found it hard to keep up at times but due to and thankfully continuous training I managed to keep aligned ...just..  thankfully no more stress at exam times  :) 

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Re: what was our job career before retirement ?
« Reply #1 on: Jun 19, 2024, 01:28:43 PM »
Replying to my own post sorry....but i must add about the most informative years where i not only learned my trade but also learned ( the hard way at times being a gobby teenager lol ) about respect and that would be the 1970's where i had the privilege of working with ex ww2 guys' trust me you didn't  mess with them but they also acted in a fatherly way at times too ..i guess you'd call it tough love not that i woulda told them so

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Re: what was our job career before retirement ?
« Reply #2 on: Jun 19, 2024, 01:36:15 PM »
Mostly teaching maths to 11-18 range, with a few breaks  along the way, during which time I trained as a plumber and did this and some general building work.  Since retiring, I do the occasional bit of odd-jobbing for friends, but have around 8-10 private tuttees per week for 6-8 months per year, which helps top up my pension.
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Re: what was our job career before retirement ?
« Reply #3 on: Jun 19, 2024, 02:26:47 PM »
Plumber/pipe fitter. Left the game at the age of 54. Bought a Daltons Weekly looking for a complete change. Went after a hardware shop out in the wilds of Wales. Whilst looking, I had a phone call from a pal in Blackpool telling me, the hotel next door was up for sale. We bought it!! We knew nothing about the game but loved it.
I think we got it right because many guests came back a few times.
My wife became Mother Hen several times 😂
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Re: what was our job career before retirement ?
« Reply #4 on: Jun 19, 2024, 04:34:32 PM »
Office work. Admin, secretarial. Worked in a petrol station at one point but my colleagues (F) were a bit nasty.


After leaving the Indian bank I worked as a medical laboratory assistant at St Thomasís. After a couple of years (3.5 I think) Iíd developed peripheral neuropathy. Combined with my rheumatoid arthritis, and the stress of commuting (amongst tube strikes), Iíd had enough.


There then followed employment with Haringey NHS as Bank Admin. I had some excellent postings, but then we were taken over by Whittington Hospital. My bookings plummeted! I found myself out of work for so long I called it a day and collected my meagre pension from them. At least I was able to be with mum.


I existed on my savings (redundancy) and the Bankís pension until I got the State one.

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Re: what was our job career before retirement ?
« Reply #5 on: Jun 19, 2024, 05:09:05 PM »
I was a Civil Engineer with a government department (several over my career) until a couple of TIA's just prior to my 60th birthday put an end to my career and I accepted retirement 21 yrs ago. I think the most interesting was with Royal Palaces, although Dips & Cons certainly saw me travel. The best part?  👉 my fantastic bullet proof linked pension👍👏
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Re: what was our job career before retirement ?
« Reply #6 on: Jun 19, 2024, 05:35:35 PM »
Iím starting to feel out of my depth on this topic 😂 😂
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Re: what was our job career before retirement ?
« Reply #7 on: Jun 19, 2024, 09:58:19 PM »
A few bits and bobs after leaving school, then 22 years in the WRAF, then 16 years as a LGPS pensions administrator.  Retired at 60, with lots of hobbies to enjoy!

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Re: what was our job career before retirement ?
« Reply #8 on: Jun 19, 2024, 11:01:37 PM »
Left school at 16 year old to do a general engineering apprenticeship. On completion of that I was employed as a draughtsman on various kinds mechanical handling machinery.

Spent the next 30 odd years as a contract engineer designing and detailing special purpose machinery.

With the decline of machinery manufacturing in the country, I found work more difficult to find so I took a job as a building services engineer, more of a glorified handy man really, working shifts in a warehouse. I was responsible for sorting out everything from air conditioning to a blocked toilet.

Was still working at the age of 72 when leukaemia caused me to retire.
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Re: what was our job career before retirement ?
« Reply #9 on: Jun 20, 2024, 10:05:34 AM »
Very similar.  Left school at 15, heavy engineering/drawing office apprenticeship.  Draftsman on nuclear power stations for a couple of years afterwards until office closure forced  a change to office based mechanical building services engineer for a few years then self employed for a few years until open heart surgery at 25 forced change of job & went back to draftsman (by now spelled draughtsman)  converted back to engineer and continued in consulting engineers until I retired at 65 (16 years ago).


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Re: what was our job career before retirement ?
« Reply #10 on: Jun 20, 2024, 10:28:01 AM »
The then & now:
The Birmingham Mail then had page after page of jobs, for school leavers there was ďproperĒ apprenticeships on offer. Obligations by the employer & employee.
I donít remember ANY of my school mates being out of work, very few of them went to college either.
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Re: what was our job career before retirement ?
« Reply #11 on: Jun 20, 2024, 11:04:47 AM »
I donít remember ANY of my school mates being out of work, very few of them went to college either.
I don't remember any being unemployed either. I went to college and then uni only because my employer (the crown) sent me as part of my necessary training. Most of my friends all had jobs and some even joined my small part time band which provided some welcome extra money. When saving for a house deposit, any kind of extra work was considered where at one stage I even became a model for art evening classes. In this life, if you don't go out and provide for yourself & family, no other bugger is going to do it for you! Oh yes, and another thing; there were no such things as school breakfast clubs in my day .. you had children, then you provided for all of them :yes:
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Re: what was our job career before retirement ?
« Reply #12 on: Jun 20, 2024, 11:29:52 AM »
* Purwell,  I am sorry to hear about your awful health problem.  Good luck with the treatment.


I have done many jobs since leaving school at 15.

Before I left school though, I used to help out at the local stables, I loved the horses.


Then when I left school I started doing a hairdressing apprenticeship but didn't complete the course because of the unpleasant old bat who ran the place.
I  later changed to office work, and went to further education to learn typing.  I became secretary to a bit of a leery old chap  ::)   and typed for him and others there, too.   I also later met my husband-to-be  at this place.


Later in life I worked at a couple of boarding kennels,  (one of which was yet another leery old git). ::)
I also helped a friend out on his Sheep farm,  but mostly only at shearing and dipping  time.
I remember bringing home an orphan lamb to bottle rear once.  She was beautiful, and used to come out on walks with me and the dogs.  Penny, her name was.


Next I tried the school kitchens, and  village pub kitchens,  and obtained my Food Hygiene Certificate. I also helped out behind the bar in two villages too.

Eventually I worked in a Care Home kitchen for a good while and they asked me to help out in  the laundry too!

I eventually started doing Care work there.  It was quite a posh, private home, with beautiful gardens and even a lake with Swans in the grounds.   
I loved the oldies and got on really well with them.  I used to get so upset if one of my favourites died.   


I stayed there as a Carer for a good few years until I retired.   
I missed them and wish I had just cut my hours instead of retiring completely.

And that's about it.   A good variety of jobs ey.  :)


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Re: what was our job career before retirement ?
« Reply #13 on: Jun 20, 2024, 04:42:14 PM »
During my early years working in London, we were able to pick up the free magazines, that often advertised jobs within. Or recruiting agencies. What on earth has happened to them? The agencies, I mean. So many to choose from, job cards in the windows to browse. Pop in, register with them. Get them to find a suitable position for you, or do temping (which I also did*) Nowadays it is a Jobcentre, with poorly paid vacancies listed on the monitor. I remember scrolling through them in despair.


*and it was through temping that I got the permanent position with the Indian bank. In fact, the lady who was promoted, I took her position again when she retired. But less than two years later I took the voluntary redundancy because many of the Indian staff resented me having the promotion. I also decided it was the right time to go, and would only do so with that financial cushion. I talk to a colleague who did the same last year (and may stay retired) and she talks scathingly about how she was treated.


I stayed there for over 17 years and hated a lot of it. My friend, on the other hand, went straight from school, so it was all she knew. I think had I stayed I may have had a nervous breakdown or killed someone, lol. It got worse after I left.  I was bored, because I only seemed to make my boss his cup of tea and to his visitors (the other managers).

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Re: what was our job career before retirement ?
« Reply #14 on: Jun 20, 2024, 06:03:08 PM »
* Purwell,  I am sorry to hear about your awful health problem.  Good luck with the treatment.


I have done many jobs since leaving school at 15.

Before I left school though, I used to help out at the local stables, I loved the horses.


Then when I left school I started doing a hairdressing apprenticeship but didn't complete the course because of the unpleasant old bat who ran the place.
I  later changed to office work, and went to further education to learn typing.  I became secretary to a bit of a leery old chap  ::)   and typed for him and others there, too.   I also later met my husband-to-be  at this place.


Later in life I worked at a couple of boarding kennels,  (one of which was yet another leery old git). ::)
I also helped a friend out on his Sheep farm,  but mostly only at shearing and dipping  time.
I remember bringing home an orphan lamb to bottle rear once.  She was beautiful, and used to come out on walks with me and the dogs.  Penny, her name was.


Next I tried the school kitchens, and  village pub kitchens,  and obtained my Food Hygiene Certificate. I also helped out behind the bar in two villages too.

Eventually I worked in a Care Home kitchen for a good while and they asked me to help out in  the laundry too!

I eventually started doing Care work there.  It was quite a posh, private home, with beautiful gardens and even a lake with Swans in the grounds.   
I loved the oldies and got on really well with them.  I used to get so upset if one of my favourites died.   


I stayed there as a Carer for a good few years until I retired.   
I missed them and wish I had just cut my hours instead of retiring completely.

And that's about it.   A good variety of jobs ey.  :)


That Mups was how life was for many, didnt like the job, go find another.
Over the years in the Midlands, the guts has been ripped out of industry here, cars, motor bikes etc along with all the spin offs from those industries, the Midlands became a busted flush.
I can see parts of Germany following the Midlands down that same track for whatever reasons.
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