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  • Profile photo of DazzlingDazzling
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    Thought I’d ask the forum what type of job they have and anything they do that’s interesting or out of the ordinary ??

    I work for a tiny little Norwegian company as a Drilling Engineer in the Middle East. Work with mainly US and UK men (ho-hum…), although the last small meeting of 11 people in the office we had 9 nationalities represented (American / English / Russian / Norwegian / Chilean / Yemeni / Qatari / Ozzy / Indian) so it can be an interesting cultural and religious melting pot.

    However, the job is not the slightest bit useful when it comes to property investing other than the cash side of things I suppose. Would love to do some “if you do this for me, I’ll do that for you”…but no-one ever seems to want an oil well drilled in their backyard…so I don’t have a lot to swap…

    Where I live and work, the air is pretty thin with the altitude being a tad higher than the peak of Mt Kosiousko, so it’s nice to come back to Perth and breathe the rich oxygen at sea level. It also makes me really appreciate Ozzy culture and most of the freedoms we take for granted here. Every time I come home I am always amazed at the women walking along the river’s edge in their normal clothes with their face uncovered.

    Looking at working for another 18 months or so, when we should be in a position to pull the pin and concentrate on our portfolio.

    What do you do for a job ??

    Profile photo of nazzysmithnazzysmith
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    Nice One Dazzling

    I work in a freezer. It is Minus 25 degrees. we are a national 3rd party logistics transport company, That stores all types of frozen and chilled goods before they reach the supermarket or shop shelves.
    Let me take the time to shine the light on a couple of untruths.
    1. Going from hot to cold and back again is bad for you.
    I & others do it every day hundreds of times
    with no ill effect. From minus 25 into plus 40 on occassion.

    2. The cold is bad for you.
    I have worked in the freezer with several flus and colds in my time and have been amazed to find myself recover quite quickly. (This is not medical advice and should not be seen as such) The only reasoning I can find in all of this is that its too cold even for the virus?
    Seriously in the 5 years I have worked there, the only time Ive taken off was when the surf was up or during good snow falls……

    Perhaps dazzling we could form a partnership and freeze your oil and sell at double the price next year>….
    Regards Thomas

    Profile photo of grossrealisationgrossrealisation
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    hi all
    I’m a full time developer,investor,company owner,and a broker but only for my projects.
    I am a fully qualified electronic engineer, with quals in training and have setup and Im the owner of national service company with in australia, with most technicians trained by me,I’m the major share holder of dial a chicken pty ltd ( trade marked ) a fast food chain that maybe going to wa, my business interest are over 5 levels all of which I am the major share holder,
    I have been developing for over 10 years with in excess of 10 projects completed without a loss ( which in this market is going ok)
    I negotiate deals on different levels and if they are some thing that I think will work I take a position.
    My hard hat only says Lawrence and the brick stops at me.
    I have a team of people behind me that assist in what I get involved in.
    I enjoy what I do and have a set time line which everybody within my organisation knows.
    I have already organised how my companies will be run while I enjoy my remaining time here.
    I am what you would call a full time investor yet my time starts at 6.00 and I’m still getting calls at 11.00pm
    I have two phones one in and one out my out phone is with 3 which has a $500.00 cap and I over run each month (last month $750.00) some times I wish I was in a freezer or on a oil rig both I could do but I don’t want to, been there done that.
    so next time you go to dinner with the guy who says what do you do and he says I’m an investor
    spare a thought for me because each time you get, “what you sit at home and do nothing” when in reality its nothing like that.
    Then I get a pen and explain what I do and show them my sites and it changes there minds a little.
    so dazzling not sure how to answer your question maybe I’ll ask my team “what do I really do”
    all I can say is wait for the challenge I have your comm up front at the moment not sure if I can beat that but will try.

    here to help

    Profile photo of PursefattenerPursefattener
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    I,m a dairy farmer in the deep southwest of Victoria and up to my eye balls in it. I have done ok .

    One farm milks around 5oo cows and another milks 180 cows. The industry is ok at the moment and possibly a good time to sell up maybe. I have a heaP of machinery and around 1100 acres of good dairy land plus all the stock to sell but not really sure.. Love the outdoor life and just the fact that I can go outside for a pee on the ground and no one can see me…

    We are busy ploughing for brasicca crops at present and about to start making a heap of silage. Love the talk about land content on the forum..

    Have a handful of modest residential properties around our local residential centre and my wife has taken over most of the people stuff.

    Although I have never been overseas much except back and forth to NZ about 50 times I reckon being Australian is the most under rated thing going. I mean , where else would you whant to live??

    Hows that ? Got my forum fix for the day and time to go and do some thing.

    Shawn

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    Hi all,

    I am a software developer [thumbsdownanim
    It seemed like a good field to get into a few years back while at uni, and I was told the money was good too. But I now realise just how much I hate it! The thought of waking up each morning and coming into work, knowing that i’ll be scratching my head for most of the day wondering what the hell is all this crap [weird]

    Anyway, I’ve decided its time to move on… i’m not sure where to head from here, so if anyone has any career moves, hints, tips, or thoughts, please let me know. One thing is certain, I don’t want to be programming in my next role [specool]

    Oh, a valuable bit of advice for those of you still at school, or for parents to offer their kids: choose a career which you will enjoy, and don’t just blindly get into something because people keep telling you the money is good [grad]

    Regards,
    Ozi

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    I’m a Roustabout also on a oil rig. Although I’m only at the north west of WA not like you Dazzling. Yes it is good to get home after 3 weeks away but lately seem very busy on my time off / and in my (free time) whilst on the rig finishing my first IP. I am also a qualified Refrigeration Air Conditioning Mechanic.
    nazzysmith0153 I know what you mean by working in freezers. Other than my trade fixing the odd freezer I was also employed by a sandwich food chain in London whose main production plant was in a huge coolroom (I was the maintenance guy)

    Regards

    Regrow

    You are a fool for 5 seconds if you ask a question, but a fool for life if you don’t.

    Profile photo of Property WAProperty WA
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    Hi Dazzling and those above,

    Great idea for a topic!

    Im constantly amazed at the various types of work people get into and out of. It seems their most ‘normal’ stories are really very interesting to those who have not ventured into such fields.

    From Drilling, to Farming to Deep Freezing its great to hear about – and always gives you something to think about for the next career move.

    I myself have only just turned 22 and work for an Investment / Corporate Advice firm in Fremantle WA. Definately not a structured or traditional work place – but its great exposure to the business world.

    There’s myself and two Directors and a Senior Accountant. I basically take up the running around, admin, some reasearch, private client liason (but a draw the line at making coffee). I’ve got my Financial Advising Licence, though I dont use it much. In all that it really is an exciting place to work alot of the time.

    So far ive had exposure to Property Developments in Busselton, the Capital Raising, Float and running of a listed Rural Investment Company, helping clients with investment decisions, superannuation, IPO’s, personal insurance and so much more. Even though alot of the jobs are not really what I went to uni for the experience is priceless as are the people you meet.

    And when all is said and down I get the weekends off to surf, can drive down the coast home and ultimately still enjoy our great state of WA.

    Combined with work previously its helped provide the time and savings for me visit the UK, Hawaii, Vegas, Daytona (on Spring Break – an experience I hope I never forget), Sydney, Paris and so much more.

    You spend more time at work than anywhere else in your life Id say so at the end of the day you really want to be somewhere you enjoy. If not – there’s always a plane ticket being sold to somewhere!

    Profile photo of grossrealisationgrossrealisation
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    great to see differing people in different area re grow how far north wa are u.

    here to help

    Profile photo of RegrowRegrow
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    grossrealisation

    I am about a 40 minute helicopter ride NW of Karratha. I fly from Perth to Karratha then chopper to rig.

    Regards

    Regrow

    You are a fool for 5 seconds if you ask a question, but a fool for life if you don’t.

    Profile photo of calvin_thirty4calvin_thirty4
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    Hmmm,
    went to Uni to become a Vet. Didn’t like the theory to much but enjoyed the surgery and research (sick puppy that I am).

    Left worked in a Vine Yard (can only use expletives to describe that experience) then decided to study Business Management (why not) graduated and became a bank employee (No not with WHICH BANK).
    After 4 years I left and wnet into Retail (KMart) as a trainee Manager, decided that $10.81 per hour wasn’t for me and got a job as a contractor as an Analysit for a mining company in their Lab.

    Earned a tone of money and bought great mobs of doo-dats, as you would! At the same time I acted as a director in our family Business (I wrote the busines plan and secured the finance for the whole deal) – I enjoyed the experience but tried to re-invent the wheel and wasn’t smart enough.

    We sold the business (due to my mothers untimely death) then lost my job at the Lab because there plant broke down.
    Went out and got three part time jobs (Action Super Market, Repco Auto parts and as a book keeper) unitl I was offered the opportunity to come onboard a fledgling bus Contracting Company. Build the business from 4 buse to 17 and left because I was offered a job at the same mining Company as with the Lab – but as an employee this time.

    Made more money, but this time we focussed on paying out all the personal loans and credit cards we managed to accumulate. Boodarie Iron (BHP Billiton) closed down and now I am a Contractor once again. This time as a Supply Proffessional as it is the main underlying proffession that I have been consistenly good at and exposed to throughout my employment.

    As of next year I am enrolled in a double major in Supply (Procurement and Supply Management and Operations Management), just for <edited>s’n’giggles!
    Oh, and we’ve bought our PPOR and now our first IP.

    Cheers
    [email protected]

    Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to always try something one more time.
    – Thomas Edison

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    Well our occupation is researching, sourcing and providing investment properties Australia Wide 100% of our time..

    Seems too good to be true, but we enjoy it.

    Roy H.
    L.R.E.A., Dip FS (FP)

    Guardian Property Specialists (GPS) is a research-focused company that specialises in sourcing and providing residential investment properties Australia wide!

    http://www.gpsnetwork.com.au

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    Hi Dazzling & all,

    We are shifting to QLD in 6 weeks… (excited)
    This shift has been 18 months in the making!![biggrin]

    I have just completed my Real Estate Certificate Course via correspondence through REIQ, and now I am studying to get my trainee Auctioneer’s Licence.

    You are never too old to start again and follow your dreams (hopefully)[blush2]

    This is something that I have wanted to do for about 20 years, so now that the time is right, I have no excuses.

    Wish me luck?

    Del [biggrin]

    http://www.nzpropertytogo.com

    Profile photo of grossrealisationgrossrealisation
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    hi wilandel
    have you got your license and were in qld are you.
    maybe interested in a new kid on the block.
    and roy the question was what is your job not your company,
    dazzling wants all the nitty gritty maybe i’m reading it wrong.

    here to help

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    Hello Gross,

    You don’t get your Licence until you are actually employed by a RE Agency, so I have to wait. Hopefully I will get a job before not too long.[blush2]

    We are shifting to Hervey Bay, and although the property market has been in a bit of a slump lately, there are amazing developments etc. going on in Hervey Bay, making it a fantastic city for serious capital growth in a few years. I have no doubts that a smart investor will make lots of money there soon. (hopefully me also).. Hervey Bay is the 2nd fastest city in Australia for capital growth (after Mandurah, WA).

    I would love to have some quality investors (apart from myself) on my books before I start work [biggrin][biggrin][biggrin] That would be too good to be true!

    Unfortunately I won’t be able to buy all the good deals that I come across, so it would be great to pass them on.

    Anyway, yes I will definitely be “the new kid on the block” with lots to learn, so come and take advantage of me![blush2]

    Cheers,
    Del

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    Profile photo of AbbyAbby
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    *** This is for you Dazzling – seeing as you’re always on my case to post something. [biggrin]

    I’m a Clinical Psychologist. I see clients with a variety of problems – everything from eating disorders, relationship issues, phobias (eg social, blood-injury etc), anxiety and depression, abuse issues, pain management, stress, grief and loss, self-esteem, sexual issues, PTSD, insomnia…. It is very demanding and very rewarding (albeit not financially).
    When instructed, I attend critical incidents around Perth, that may include hold-ups, accidents, etc and debrief affected people.
    I am also a Justice of the Peace, so witness lots of documents for people, and sometimes get phone calls in the middle of the night from the local police asking me to come down to the station and bail someone out of jail. I have also sat in on (juvenile) interviews (required by law) where the parents refuse to attend. I wonder sometimes what the neighbours must think, as I regularly have police cars coming to my house to witness search warrants etc.
    People always ask me, so I’ll get in first – the process of becoming a JP took about 7 months and initially involved my local MP recommending me (this just happened to be Geoff Gallop because we lived in the same locality!), then an Australia wide security check was done on me (came up squeaky clean – not even a parking ticket!) then an interview with the Chief Magistrate of the Court. After that I had to complete a law unit over 1 semester at Uni, including theory and assignments, and finally I was given my “commission” at the Law Courts in Perth.
    It is a voluntary position and I sometimes ask myself what on earth possessed me to get involved in the first place (that’s another story). It annoys me immensely that I can’t witness my own documents, and have to run around and find a JP for myself.

    I have done many things since leaving school – my first job was as a shorthand typist, I have worked in an electrical store, immensely enjoyed working for an airline – so much fun, interesting work, meeting lots of famous people, and lots of travel, then as an assistant assessor/trainer (I’ve got Cert IV), then as a security guard at an army barracks in freo and at the international airport, uni tutor for undergrad psychology students, and as a administrative temp for various companies – eg I have a data entry speed of 15,720 keystrokes per hour, which is pretty good.
    Since completing my Masters in Psych I’ve worked with addicts (drug and alcohol) and people with aquired brain injury (either from attempted suicide or brain disease).

    After all of that, my overriding passion is real estate – I live and breathe it daily and it drives my partner crazy, although he happily takes my RE advice and we have both done very well for ourselves.

    I am the sort of person who has a hundred things on the go at once or else I get bored. I have always kept myself physically and mental busy and think I’d make a good case study for another psychologist !! [blink]
    cheers Abby

    Profile photo of Cabo WaboCabo Wabo
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    I’m a mining engineer. We dig big holes and blow stuff up….

    Cabo Wabo

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    I sound so boring now. I manage a small private hospital. I’m a trained nurse, so I do still do a lot of the nursing, but there’s days I also have to be a receptionist, bookkeeper, ceo, or fix the phones. I completely refuse to clean the toilets, it’s too disgusting. Since we have patients coming in for colonoscopies I’m sure you can understand why.
    Landt.

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    After all of that

    Well done Abby – good to see you posting…after all of that…I’m absolutely exhausted just reading what you do…I think you should have a lie down and put your feet up…not start all of the property stuff you have going on. Where do you get all of your energy from ??

    Fantastic variety on the forums…do we have any politicians in the house ??

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    I have a Marketing background. My last job was as a Product Manager for a national brand.

    I accepted this role, then two weeks before I was due to start the world trade centres collapsed.

    So I started the job, and there I was on the 26th floor having a meeting with my new manager. I was seated facing looking out towards window.

    I see a large plane flying comming in from one side heading towards a high rise building, it flew behind the building and was then not visible until it came out from the other side.

    Meanwhile my manager and I are having a discussion on growing the brand blah blah blah.

    It was that moment precicely that I decided I was not going to do this corporte job thing anymore.

    I stayed the six months that I had originally committed to and then left. I had my second child and have not worked in a ‘job’ since.

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    Hi all,

    You are all very interesting and have diverse backgrounds and jobs.

    I have the best job/s in the world. I am privledged to work/live in a boys boarding school, I am the housemother to 112 boys there is not a day that goes past that I don’t either laugh or have a cry, I am privledged to watch them grow up and share their lives.

    Because I am not an authority figure the boys come to me and I listen to their problems, give advise on what aftershave to wear on a saturday night, and then also listen and advise on girl problems.[blush2]

    I am basically their to provide after hours medical treatment and to provide supper and lend an ear. I work this position after hours.

    During the day after leaving the school I become a personal assistant to a Managing Director and work a full day before going home to the boys. I need to be home (at school) by 5.30pm and work until 9.30pm. I suppose I am just like any working parent coming home to the kids just a few more of them.

    Last weekend I had all the Year 7’s come to my place for dinner, hubby and I laughed at their stories and had a great night, today I had afternoon tea with the Year 12’s and cried as they all talked about how much I meant to them. I replied that I had lost a son but now am a mother to many sons.

    Cheers

    Jenny1

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