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Secret Squirrel

Hi, Mike Allen's thread of where we are got me thinking about our jobs. We all share a common interest, but our work lives can/have be/been quite diverse.

I work in the oil and gas sector in Aberdeen. I work within a small team of a large oil support company. Will lay pipelines around the world linking oil rigs to the main land refineries. I work onshore supporting the Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) that do the work divers cannot go to due to sea depth. 


I'm a writer who works part-time as a baker to fund her gardening addiction.


...retail....formerly used to be a spy at GCHQ..., not really... ex-BT...and delighted to be pensioned off...


Trained as a fine artist, ran a smallholding and catering business, then worked as an arts administrator at a gallery and early music venue (bliss) but eventually redundancy found me seeking another post - I went to work for the LA Children's Services Children with Disabilities team as a temp and got hooked - by nature I'm a problem solver and wow, what a lot of problems to solve!  So they trained me and I worked there until last 5th November when I retired with rockets, fountains, catherine wheels and sparklers 

Supposed to be writing and painting - but when spring comes gardening keeps getting in the way 


I work as a Senior Secretary at the moment.  Prior to that I worked in Social Care, but left due to the very stressful nature of the business.  But I have to say I am not keen on the current job and would love to retrain, but I just don't know what at.  After taking up our allotment a few years ago, I wish I had more time to garden!!!

Our lives take such a twist and turn, and what once seemed fulfilling is now something I dread each morning. Especially as the kids get older and more independent.


Murals and specialist paint effects; semi-retired, but still getting some work. I have been very lucky as complete strangers pay me to make a mess all over their walls

I was a police officer in london, until stress took it's toll, then I moved away and became a gardener, and work for myself. I have never been happier in my work and stress is a thing of the past. I also teach kids to drive part time, hopefully to save a few young lives in the process.





Alas a humble draughtsman drawing up things to go on Marks oil rigs! I want to get out of the draughting job and retrain but I'm not sure in what. All my ideal jobs either don't pay well (and the mortgage puts paid to early retirement!!) Or are not really "suitable" for people with "bad backs".

Victoria Sponge

Did 16 years in the army and recently quit to write a novel.  Which I haven't got round to writing yet...

Steve 309

Love the name, Victoria!

28 years teaching and retired early once I'd paid off the mortgage.  Now being paid for gardening (well, for a few hours a week) and enjoying the lack of stress

I've done a variety of jobs.  Started off as a Quantity Surveyor then managed a tropical fish shop.  Moved on to IT support and management for over 30 years.  Finally had enough of the aggro which went with that so took VR and looked for something with less stress.  Moved to the public sector - biggest mistake of my life.  If my previous work had aggro, this one has more BS than I ever thought possible.  Multiply the idiocy of "W1A" by "2012" and you're still nowhere near the reality of the Civil Service!!!!!

Orchid Lady

I'm a super mode from Australia 

Victoria Sponge, if I'd have guessed I would have said a baker, fab name and my favourite cake  (Which of course I don't eat very often with being a super model and all that )


Director of a Trust Company on the IOM prior to having our son.  Now a freelance self-employed Company Secretary.

Victoria Sponge
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I'm a super mode from Australia 

Victoria Sponge, if I'd have guessed I would have said a baker, fab name and my favourite cake  (Which of course I don't eat very often with being a super model and all that )

I've heard about you lot and your cake... 


wanted 2 jobs when I was growing up - Miss World or work in a bank. Life made that decision for me when  i reached the great height of 5 ft 5 and grew slightly out wards instead! 

Bank Manager - what can I say - love it so if you need any financial advice you know where I am 


Work in Retail Gardening and I love it