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Old 25-02-2016, 05:17 PM
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I'm good with my job - have good and not so good days but that's life. Overall though I'm satisfied, not looking to move on.
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Old 25-02-2016, 08:37 PM
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I'm fed up as fuck now and my notice is in. Decent money as well which I'll miss.

6 weeks to go and fuck all lined up.

Probably just go on to agency work till I find something perminant.
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Old 25-02-2016, 08:40 PM
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I love my job 38 hours a week, company car, company fuel, only live 1mile from work, only a director above me , laid back company. had a lot worse jobs.
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Old 25-02-2016, 08:52 PM
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my jobs stressful just now, mostly bad days but that's because im trying to hand over a 2 million contract and as all building projects its going to go to the wire but overall the people and company is a decent group to work for. I think im going to head towards a less stressful life back on the tools as a joiner soon though.
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Old 25-02-2016, 09:25 PM
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I've worked for the same employer for 25 years this year, not in the same physical job, as I've had opportunities to move sideways into roles & had promotions over those years.

However it's becoming difficult to remain positive, especially when you work in a sector where the government plays politics with your jobs. People I work with, including me are getting more and more demoralised.

Being under constant attack, with changes to terms & conditions, some of which have been done cynically based on what can only be decried as the 'what would the man in the pub think' test.

Contantly being under pressure to perform, but getting undervalued for what you do. It doesn't matter if you've met the targets set, or exceeded the performance expectations, we already know we're restricted to maximum of 1% per year pay rises to 2020, by which time that'll be 10 years+ of pay stagnation.

Mustn't complain though, I'll probably get a 'letter of thanks' for doing 25 years

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Old 26-02-2016, 12:56 AM
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Always wanted to work within the motor trade, so I'm glad I am.

But one of the managers is a tosser who loves himself, everything has to be done his way or no way.

He's only a business manager at that aswell.

Other then that I love my job.
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Old 26-02-2016, 07:42 AM
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Lewis. One of the best managers i had used to come in the workshop lay some cardboard on the floor and started break dancing. He was a class manager.
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Old 26-02-2016, 10:23 AM
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Originally Posted by cossiestu View Post
Lol, it was a few years ago...! Happy days!!

You'll remember Steve Clark then too, I'd imagine...

I'm now up in Norfolk, so don't see much of that crowd these days.
Yea Steve helped me out a lot, what that guy didn't know wasn't worth knowing, I wonder what he's up to nowadays!
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Old 26-02-2016, 06:49 PM
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Very fed up, been in the Army 17 years and whilst I am well paid now the clock is ticking until I am out in 5 years. I know it's an standard response to say it's not the same as when I first joined but it is genuinely a different Army these days. It might be because I moved from the shop floor to the office but the job is a grind now.

Everyday is about fighting fires that pop up, such as last Thursday when I was told to get a volunteer to go to Kenya for 6 months, boss wanted an answer in three hours. Nothing is ever properly planned, money is scrutinised to the point where we are having to ask the lads to pay towards their own training. Every management tool I.e. Database or program has faults that mean none are truly utilised and you end up having to update about a million spreadsheets etc. We don't hold our own vehicles now and have to bid for them in order to just do basic training exercise, most of the time it turns up knackered meaning days of work to fix it. Loads more issues I could go into but much more suited for a whinge in the mess with a beer.
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Old 26-02-2016, 07:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Glenn_ View Post
Lewis. One of the best managers i had used to come in the workshop lay some cardboard on the floor and started break dancing. He was a class manager.
None of our managers are like that sadly, can always have a laugh with them though.

Coming upto plate change is shit though, haha
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Old 26-02-2016, 08:08 PM
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My manager at the AA was actually a decent guy. He was very much a realist, and would happily work "in the grey" rather than the black and white the officey-types would. We could have a disagreement about something but then resolve it and the disagreement would be left behind.

My manager at the company that bought us was a complete little tosser though. Not open to listening to anyone else, stamp his feet if he didn't get his way. The epitome of a shit manager
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Old 26-02-2016, 08:23 PM
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My boss thinks we're all shit. He can't stand is. Called one bloke a cunt in front of everyone.

Even told a load of us we are shit and easily replaceable and he had 30 guys waiting for our jobs.

He's one of the company directors as well!

He would have been fucked if we all walked as it takes 5 weeks to train us up.

Only the blokes I work with that's kept me there for so long but need rid of as much negativity in my life as I can and that place is negative as fuck.
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Old 27-02-2016, 12:44 AM
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Originally Posted by ballin View Post
Yea Steve helped me out a lot, what that guy didn't know wasn't worth knowing, I wonder what he's up to nowadays!
Still got the two S2's and well involved as far as I'm aware!?
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Old 27-02-2016, 07:18 AM
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Thrush , do you know Chris Wiltshire who has final say on all the AA fleet regarding specs etc etc.



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My manager at the AA was actually a decent guy. He was very much a realist, and would happily work "in the grey" rather than the black and white the officey-types would. We could have a disagreement about something but then resolve it and the disagreement would be left behind.

My manager at the company that bought us was a complete little tosser though. Not open to listening to anyone else, stamp his feet if he didn't get his way. The epitome of a shit manager
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Old 27-02-2016, 08:48 AM
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Yes - totally . Own business of almost ten years with a fantastic reputation and always busy by word of mouth . Only work 40 hours a week and no weekends .
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Old 27-02-2016, 09:10 AM
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Yeah I'm happy, I work in a great school with nice kids ATM. 3 months holiday a year, decent pay.. Still not sure whether I want to stay in teaching or do something different.
Always wanted to be a mechanic when I was younger as I loved modded cars so much but the garage I use regularly said don't bother as you can't make much cash from it unless you aren't 100% straight shooting with customers and it's hard work. (The garage sourced and fitted a gearbox for my escort gti for £120 for example so they are amazing for keeping costs down and have never had to return due to a screw up, which I've had to do for most other places I've been where they are clueless and just bodge things on.
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Old 27-02-2016, 09:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Carlos-Titx View Post
My boss thinks we're all shit. He can't stand is. Called one bloke a cunt in front of everyone.

Even told a load of us we are shit and easily replaceable and he had 30 guys waiting for our jobs.

He's one of the company directors as well!

He would have been fucked if we all walked as it takes 5 weeks to train us up.

Only the blokes I work with that's kept me there for so long but need rid of as much negativity in my life as I can and that place is negative as fuck.
So he's saying all of this but doing nothing about it to improve the situation. You guys are going to be even more demotivated now after what he's said. Sounds like a lazy boss who can't be bothered to get his hands dirty and help sort things out and just looking for an easy out with new employees who may be no better.
Think someone needs to go on some basic management training, he could be earning a lot more money if he pulled his finger out.
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Old 27-02-2016, 02:16 PM
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Prince Thain out supervisors are the same. We have told them what goes on in my work place but wont do nothing about it.

All there bothered about is how high they can get up the ladder.
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Old 27-02-2016, 04:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Roosie View Post
Thrush , do you know Chris Wiltshire who has final say on all the AA fleet regarding specs etc etc.
Nope, not a clue
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Old 27-02-2016, 05:05 PM
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I finished school totally brainwashed into going to University to make something of yourself like 80% of the teenagers leaving school.

I done two years in college getting some IT qualifications with a plan to go to Uni and study a degree in computer networking.

I was meeting people all the time who had finished degrees in IT and were all working in call centres cold selling.

I made the last minute decision to get an apprenticeship with a company my Father worked for.

September 2011 I started an apprenticeship as an Electrician and qualified September last year and well into my last year of a HNC in Building Services Engineering.

I'm now off the tools the majority of the time working as a trainee project manager/junior engineer down at a new project in Bournemouth University. I basically play engineers without the responsibility. However I know as time goes on more and more will be put onto me so enjoying myself while I can.

Money is very good but the working away and driving can get a bit tiresome. I managed to get away from site at 2pm yesterday and stumbled through my front door at 7.30pm last night.
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Old 28-02-2016, 01:12 AM
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I wish i could be happy in my job. I should be as i like it and the pay is good etc. But it isnt really mentally satisfying. Sure i have to use my head but its not in the same league as im used to.

compared to my career in the navy i cant really find anything that fills the mind in the same way. Sure you can fill 40 hours a week but its not the same really. I look at half the civvy jobs and what you "achieve" is very little compared to what i am used to. In one typical busy day at sea I could in one 6 hour watch spend time on the periscope, navigating on the chart, ship control officer the watch during which the responisbility is such that my mistakes could risk lives, then in my 6 off have paper work to do, charts to draw, reports to write, a communications office to oversee, oversee classified paperwork etc then if things kick off, in that off watch i could be operating the incident board and communications internal net, or in a fire fighting party. And thats ontop of boring administrative tasks and minor roles like officer of the day along side etc.

so sitting in an office talking to morons, selling shit etc just doesnt even scratch the surface. in my old career, the responsibility could ruin lives, now as a civvy cunt, oh, someone might get upset on the phone or they might not buy something from us, whoopeee fucking doo. I see all these people stessed over sales targets, customer service or some other drivel and i just cant get excited by it or see how people can be bothered by it. oh i didnt sell enough bananas, my life is over. no mongtard, its a fucking banana, not like someone died or something.

Im not sure any one job would be able to offer the responsibility or fullfillment or mental challenge of the past so i guess i should be happy with my lot but meh.
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Old 28-02-2016, 11:57 AM
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I think every job has its ups and downs but if you're asking yourself the question then it sounds like it's time to go. I was in a job I hated for longer than I should've been and it took its toll on me. Very little chance of progression, a draconian management set-up who solely focused on the negatives, salary wasn't great but the people were great to work with.

I made the decision to move and was pleasantly surprised at what the job market had to offer someone with my experience and skills but it took a meeting with a recruiter who didn't just look at your CV and pigeon-hole you to open my eyes to what else was out there. I ended up in the Oil industry up here and although my first move didn't really go to plan, it put me on a path to where I am now. I've been with the company for just over 2yrs now and had 3 promotions in that time. It's a place that rewards out of the box thinking, continuous process improvement and effective management skills. Sure my job has its downsides, especially in the current climate within the oil industry but it's a really rewarding job too and has taken me to places I would never have dreamed of visiting before.

I'm a big believer in things happening for a reason and if you feel it's time to move on, it probably is. Maybe take that risk you've been putting off? You've said you're fed up lining your boss' pocket - he probably owns that place because of a chance he took and it's not his fault he needs a good team around him to deliver. Or you could speak to your boss about it - he should respect what a senior member of staff should have to say.
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Old 28-02-2016, 12:47 PM
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One of the oldest working members of staff recently had an operation over christmas, totally unexpected, bosses reaction was you aint getting paid?
What kind of signal does that send to te rest of us?

The worker has been there for over 20 years.
We dont get paid sick pay as people took the mick out of it so the boss stopped it.
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Old 28-02-2016, 01:08 PM
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I'm happy where I work, granted you get some shit days, but overall its pretty good, about 16 years with the company now. Luckily I have a nice rota, no Sundays and a long weekend every other week so that makes a big difference, a lot of people in the company don't get this including managers and assistant managers. My pay is pretty good for the town I live in, I earn more than quite a lot of main dealer techs I've spoken to.

Only thing that might make me look at leaving would be a job with the AA/RAC although I'm told that that isn't what it used to be.
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Old 28-02-2016, 02:11 PM
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In that case, your boss sounds like a bit of a cock. I can understand why he's taken away paid sick leave if folk have been taking the piss but he could show some compassion and discretion.
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Old 28-02-2016, 03:49 PM
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There are laws about sick pay. Bosses can't just make it up as they go along

https://www.gov.uk/employers-sick-pay/entitlement
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Old 28-02-2016, 05:43 PM
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I'm a happy teddy. I've worked for the same company for 33 years this year doing everything to do with CNC machines. The tech changes constantly so boredom rarely raises it's head, they are great to work for. Pay is good, I get a car supplied (VW CC GT) and the hours are easy. Travelled all over with them to different countries and intend retiring there too.
Monday, I'm fitting a robot to a vertical machining centre so that should be fun! ��
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Absolutely hate my job lol get there at 7.50 want to go home by 8.05 lol
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need to look for a new job
unfortunately I’d have to take a huge pay cut so I grin and bare it
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[COLOR=left=#000000]Last year, after nearly 20 years as a Crane/Heavy Plant Driver I changed Careers. It wasn't a hard decision but it was scary![/COLOR]=left
[COLOR=left=#000000]I now work with vulnerable, dangerous Adults and Children. I securely transport people detained under the mental health act, transport kids to and from Children’s Homes and transport Young Offenders from Courts and Prisons. Also within the company, I work as a Support Worker for Young Adults detained under lawful detention within our Provisions. I work with various agencies including Social Services, CAMHS and various other specialists agencies catering for young people. A very complex job which is very demanding on my time and head space.[/COLOR]=left
[COLOR=left=#000000]My hours are absolutely demanding, I don't work less than 250 hours a month, I hardly spend any time at home, driving my cars or relaxing but I really enjoy my job.[/COLOR]=left
[COLOR=left=#000000]A hard compromise but its not going to be this way forever![/COLOR]

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im happy where I am, got another pay rise a couple of weeks ago making the 3rd in 2 years and about 20% better off now and the company is decent from the top men down, you can stand and have a chat with them all when you see them...plus ive got a few of my mates in as joiners so ive got a decent team around me.i pretty much have free reign in what I do as they don't question me, they just let me get on with what I do ! I also approached the MD at Christmas time to ask if there was any chance of any opportunities for my boy when he leaves school in the summer. he sorted it out to get my boy a joinery apprenticeship/college that he starts in the summer.
just now im managing renovations to a royal palace so its interesting. having unescorted clearance to wander around as I please is a privilege not many get !
all in all im happy with my lot even though I still moan like a bitch sometimes

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I did end up changing careers, Went to work for a company in a cnc job. Was there around six months, in that time around 8 people left due to the management (father & son) Constantly being watched on camera, if anything done wrong its a big arguement and nothing is ever good enough. Money was better than before with the chance of up to 2k a month bonus providing the cnc guys didn't damage any of the products but I only ever saw about one bonus in the time I was there and I had to fight to get that after i'd left and the son had told me i'd get it as I worked that month it was earned.

Went to work for a food company, took on as a packer and within a few weeks I was pretty much next in charge after the boss and his wife. Money is more than before but now on Salary. Will see what happens this year as everything is being outsourced and the company is being liquidated so he doesn't have to pay any money to those he's not keeping on. As far as I know its me and one other guy staying on. I will be happy with the less workload and more computer work though, I'm fed up currently with lazy staff who do nothing and get paid for it. The problem is for so long they have been allowed to get away with everything they just carry on as they kick off if you say anything and threaten all sorts of legal action. I can't wait to not have to deal with them and to be able to say they did it to themselves as if they put some effort in they would have been found jobs to do.
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Started a new job back in August, not as much satisfaction as my old job but earn twice as much which is the main thing and have good pension, shares and sick pay etc.
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Old 16-03-2019, 08:38 PM
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I restore short wheelbase Porsche 911 race cars, also get to travel around Europe doing race support. Fucking love it even though the money isn’t great.
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Old thread revisit! My situation changed dramatically from when I last posted in this three years ago, when I was worried about would I find a job in a new industry/sector and successfully escape windscreens - and thankfully I can say I have! And not only is a new direction, new field, new career, but it's also a hugely drastic change of lifestyle. I went from the world of windscreens with it's annualised 44hr week, that in reality was easily 50 if not more, rota pattern where weekends and bank holidays were no different to regular days, to the world of tube trains, and now only work weekends; 16 hrs a week over two nights, for pretty much the same money (with a little bit of buses in between the two, with it's 60hr weeks and all manner of madness start/finish times). Totally different world, and the free time is amazing - I often have more than I know what to do with! It's a bit like semi-retirement in a way. But it allows me to do different things here and there; I did a spot back with Autoglass over the summer (though not as a fitter!) on a temp contract; I recently did a spell of van driving multi-drop work, so it allows me to try out other things and keep everything feeling fresh and not just dragging on with the same-ol'-same-ol', which is a refreshing feeling!

But more importantly than money and role, the best thing is back shortly before I made my original posts in this thread, I was miserable and depressed. Life was a chore, everything was a PITA, and I just couldn't be bothered with anything. Since being made redundant in Feb 2016, I've been infinitely happier, life has been rosey and warm, everything's been much easier to deal with - both the good and the bad are easier to accept and then forget - and it's so much nicer to be happy and cheerful than down in the dumps and resenting everything and everyone.

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I restore short wheelbase Porsche 911 race cars, also get to travel around Europe doing race support. Fucking love it even though the money isn’t great.
Which is why I applaud you, and say that so long as you can afford to live and do what you do, having a work environment you love is often worth so much more than a fat pay packet. Fair play to you, Jim!
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That’s quite a career change Trush, glad it all worked out well for you. I’ve been in the motor trade for over 20 years now as a panelbeater, most of my time in insurance crash repair body shops where you’re always up against the clock, made to cut corners and constantly slogging my guts out, it was getting worse every year. I’ve always been on half decent money but the “lash for cash” attitude for insurance work was getting me down plus it causes a shitty atmosphere in the workshop. So a few years ago I moved over to high end restoration and now ended up where I am now. I’m pretty much my own boss, I get given projects to do and I’m left alone to do them which is great. Sometimes it’s not about the money and more about being happy in your work and life in general. Well it’s what works for me.
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I’ve been with the same company for 24 years but last year took a new role as a field service engineer. Decent rise in salary and I work from home now, only worked 20 day this year went to Singapore two weeks ago (5th time in 12 months) and the job got canceled after I arrived so two days by the pool and fly home. We get paid for travelling so a nice earner. I’m happy where I am.
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I've been in the same job for 10 years now. It was mint when I first started. It's got worse over the years. The company has divvys working for it which haven't got a clue what there doing.

At the moment there are talks of us working 4 out of 6 days and bringing Saturdays into my working week.

It's just a shame that the job has got worse over the years.
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I'm a M.Sc mechanical engineer and work for a 5 year old engineering design / product development company. We have customers ranging from aerospace (ESA) to military and aggriculture. After graduating from the university I started working in a oil and gas company, special solution department designing subsea tooling and special equipment. That's where I met some of the smartest people I know. After the oil crisis in Norway a lot of peole lost their jobs. During downsizing, the CEO and CTO of the oil & gas company started a new business, and got the department manager from special solutions as well as a really good project manager to join them. They wanted me to join as a project engineer in their new company.

Now 4 years later we are 11 engineers, and I'm technical manager for our biggest client, delivering specialized equipment and machinery for the fish farming industry. Currently we are delivering 20 machines per year to this client.
I got real freedom in my work, being able to work when I want, take vacation whenever I want, I can leave for going kitesurfing whenever I want, and a good salary. At work we are extremely skilled engineers delivering high end mechanical solutions. My boss and colleagues really encourage me in my own business, they even partly supported me financially getting my new Haas VF-2 3-axis mill.

I'm currently setting up production for some WRC hubs and intake manifold - meaning Ford-guys soon won't have to deal with completely unrealiable people like MK-motorsport etc. I'll always have these in stock ready to go.

I get production work directly from my work, so they actually fund my hobby as well lol. I'm always more competitive producing one off's than bigger machining companies - I can even choose to use my own company to produce prototypes rather than an external company

I do a lot of custom machining; Here I'm machining a T5 gearbox housing to accept a Quaife close ratio gear set from Gearboxman. I build a lot of T5's.











Absolutely love my work - it's my hobby, and I get to do it and get better at it every day.

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I’m a builder . 41 , in business for 12.5 years . Always loved my job and blowing my own trumpet I am excellent at what I do but as I get older I’m starting to find dislikes for what I do . As I approach 50 I’m wondering do I really want to be still doing his when I’m old ? Up and out to work in all weathers , sometimes shitted up to the eyeballs , sometimes frozen , sometimes too hot . Not usually much in between weather wise ! Aches , pains , arthritis starting to set in .

Might do my train driver training 😂😂😂
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