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Our Jobs- What we all do?

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littl_flier

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I was sure there was a thread on here where we all listed our jobs and what we do. I can't find it so I thought I'd create a new one!

Now I've come out of the closet and admitted I'm an auditor, I thought we could all discuss what makes us tick and see if this explains why we all love flying in tin cans so much. :D

Please give us a run down of what you do and how we all get to travel! (eg. Shano is an Engineer, Flashware is IT, Simongr- Auditor, Febs- Systems Accountant)
 

littl_flier

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So here goes:

I am an auditor and I love to travel.

I am a descendent from a species of nomadic mammals who came to Earth from the planet Debitor in the 1960s. Auditors are paperivores and hunt in packs known as audit teams.

"An audit team typically changes its hunting ground every couple of weeks. (preferably to places that involve flying in a tin can with a red tail ;) ) Hunting grounds normally take the form of offices, but may also include factories, shops, schools and hyperspace. Any place of work is a potential source of nourishment to the paper-hungry auditor. All audit teams have a leader, who runs ahead of the pack in search of an audit trail. Should he find something suspicious, for example a file that has not been organised in alphabetical order, he will begin baying to attract the attention of the rest of the pack. Once the pack have a sniff of the scent, they are released upon the unsuspecting company, and tear around the offices of the internal accounts department, hunting out similar transgressions. When they find another offending item, they will let out a charecteristic whoop of delight, and fall upon the filing cabinet, tearing the paperwork to shreds with their bare teeth in their eagerness to devour it."

Check out Auditor - Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia for a run down of exactly what I do. There are some hilarious parts, particularly mastering the art of double entry. :oops: ;)
 

wallacej

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I am National Retail Manager for a franchise group.

Travel bug got me when I was 15.... first flight was on an old 747 to the US... what an introduction to flying.

Since then got my ppl (Private Pilots Lic.) but haven't continued down the path of wanting to make a career out of flying the machine... rather sit in the back end.

Details on flightmemory.com date back only as far as I have records for, I didn't keep old Ansett statements etc... be nice to know if there was a way to get that old detail back.

Anyway, love my job, and love that I travel... away from home 3 weeks out of 4, always home on the weekend to do my laundry, and pack and go again.

Company pays for flights on DJ, or they use a pool of QF points which means my status is going to be gone come October. :mad: ...

Thats me....

 
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serfty said:
Here's a recent thread: Question for Gold or Platinum QF FF members

And one from three years ago: What Jobs do you have that require you to do so much travel?

My answer is in the first of those ...

Cheers ...
Mine is in neither. :)

Yours truly is an Electronic Engineer for an American multinational. Unfortunately, there is less flying now that I am here (where it's mostly done) as opposed to Aust (where it's mostly not). Still, there's always the chance of convincing mgt that I really should work more closely with our Indian colleagues (in Melbourne, around Boxing day :).

mt
 

Reggie

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For those who dont want to search this is an extract of what serfty wrote in this thread: Question for Gold or Platinum QF FF members

serfty said:
As for me, 90% of my domestic and about 10% of my international travel is in relation to my role as an IT consultant in the transport logistics industry. The rest is leisure. I actually like flying and do find the getting there to be half the fun of any travel.
 

Evan

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Those dodgy IT consultants ;) who me ?
If you ask my manager i don't travel, but last year i did over 1000SC on QF mostly discount economy and about 30,000 miles on SQ + some i didn't bother crediting like KA, opps forgot my AA miles, some of them as well.

At the moment i am in Singapore doing a big datacenter project. I do SAP R/3, Oracle, and lots of Unix admin, and some Storage (SAN only, no backup etc). Although i have been SAP basis for more than 10 years i will do anything like my current project.

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I am a mining engineer, but gave up permanent site based work about 9 years ago for a sales/commercial role dealing with the mining industry. As much as my travel actually decreased, ie not flying to and from the mine every week, the trips I then took were more diversified with the ability to experience alot more places.

About 2 years ago I had what my friends described, tounge in cheek as an explosive career change. I took on a role with a multinational blasting company for a joint technical and commercial role. This is my ideal job, I get paid to fly all over the world (in J) and blow stuff up. There nothing better after a bad day/week/month than pushing the button and blowing the bejesus out of something. I predominately work on minesites but have also been on civil jobs and construction sites. I am still awaiting my first demolition job, but our company is unlikely to take one of these up due to liability issues and the huge publicity problems - aka the Canberra Hospital..

Thus for me the mining boom, really is a BOOM.
 

Evan

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Reggie said:
SAP - the axis of evil :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:
Really why ? I think its just the way some companys use it, others its the best thing that every happened to them, But when you check out the other options for large companys you very quickly realise how fantastic it is. (Sorry to offend and PS or Oracle Financials peoples out there) Maybe i am half German now and just understand it. I Work for a German company as well.

Then again i only do the technical stuff.

E
 

Matthew Bawden

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Hi

I am a pilot for Sharp Aviation in Victoria flying metro. My love for flying came about when my grandfather took me down to Sydney airport (back in the day) and watched all the planes takiing off and landing.

By the end of this year I will be looking to apply to Qantas and Cathay Pacific, etc.

cheers
 

Keith009

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Not sure if I've posted this anywhere else :oops:, but I'm studying Arts/Law at Melbourne. I also work part time as an electorate officer. Apart from some short flights to CBR, I don't fly for work (or uni). Most of my flying come in fits and spurts because I have to fit my travels into uni breaks or long weekends. And I do have a 3 day weekend this semester which is why I'm currently in KUL for a mate's bday....:D

I'm 3 semesters to graduation and I am currently waiting for more responses to this thread to decide my career path post-graduation. ;)

As to why I love travelling - I am lucky to have an expat dad and hence got to grow up all over the world. Been flying a fair bit since I was born so maybe that's where my love of flying came about.
 

Hawkeye

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I am a specialist physician ... and given my speciality, very few people would ever want to see me in a professional capacity. I guess that sentiment applies to most doctors however.

My air travel is a combination of work - conferences and trial investigator meetings - and pleasure. Roughly a 50:50 split.
 

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Up until recently I spent over 5 yrs working as a TA, but i've recently started my own internet media company which specialises in Motivational Media, and perfectly compliments my motivational speaking and corporate coaching work.

Both take me interstate and overseas regularly in a mix of J and Y depending on who's paying.

TG
 

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I've been travelling for as long as I can remember. It all started when I did 9 years in the Navy (a very long time ago) and all of my roles since then have involved travel one way or another.

I'm currently National Field Operations Manager for a major Telco. I live in Adelaide and commute interstate every week. Typically I leave on a Tuesday and return on a Friday, so at most 3 nights away. Having said that I fly to Sydney tomorrow morning and return on Thursday. Don't do early flights (nothing before 0900) and I'm back in Adelaide by 1730 at the latest.

I manage to rack up about 2500+ SC's a year and no, I don't get to fly J.

Have to say that I love it and I'm not looking forward to retirement (5 years to go - apparently?). The kids are all grown up and we now have grandkids, and my darling wife of 38 years doesn't seem to mind at all. Perhaps it's the champagne in the bubble of the 747 as we travel O/S about every 18 months on the points that does it for her!

I hope every one else enjoys their life as much as I do.

JB
 

IainF

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I am in Medical Devices...
I look after training/install/troubleshooting for our clients in AsiaPac.
All my flying is done in disc whY as per my Scottish Boss's wishes.

However after gaining explat last year (the hard way) I am getting a few op ups and have burnt a few points on F awards.

My estimates is that IT and Health would make up a quite a few members here I reckon.
 

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OT: Tailoring SAP is merely using another programming language when it gets down to it. Someone who could program a PDP-8 in Basic would have no trouble programming in ABAP; nor for that matter anyone who can program - there IS no mystery; just $$$'s.
:idea:
 
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serfty said:
OT: SAP is merely another programming language when it gets down to it. A proficient VB programmer would have no trouble learning SAP.
SAP is a smidge more that another programming language. You may mean ABAP.

(Netweaver is the evil thing!)
 

stryker

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serfty said:
OT: SAP is merely another programming language when it gets down to it. Someone who could program a PDP-8 in Basic would have no trouble programming SAP; nor for that matter anyone who can program - there IS no mystery.
And it's also an archaic monstrosity, designed to suck huge dollars out of large corporations...
 
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