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Title: What do you do for a living?
Post by: ceebs on 10:04 AM - 01/02/19
I've been reading and making posts in this forum for a few years now and have learned a huge amount from my fellow XIMmers. It's fair to say that if I hadn't joined the forum and read what OG members had posted, I'd have gotten so frustrated with my XIM4 that I probably would have binned it, so thank you.

I've also learned a bit about forum user's interests, background and even personalities, but it's rare that anybody shares what they do for a living. I know that Alan works with HID devices, that Anti runs his own business and I understand that ObsIV does something with electronics, but that's about it. So to celebrate my 1000th post, I thought it would be interesting to ask.

If you don't want anyone to know, then fair enough, I'll still enjoy your posts.

Only fair that I lead the way I guess. I'm a Learning and Development Manager for a Contact Center in London. I train Trainers, Quality Assessors and Managers to support call handlers. I'm also responsible for writing the business's annual L&D strategy.

So, what do you do for a living?
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: Au1d Yin on 11:20 AM - 01/02/19
I sit with my feet up gaming all day long ... I'm well and truly retired and I don't envy you young uns  one little bit  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: Verone- on 12:40 PM - 01/02/19
I do car cleaning & car detailing  :)
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: RML on 02:46 PM - 01/02/19
I make Millions of people happy everyday for a living. Even OBsIV canít beat that! Lol...  8)
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: N1TRO on 06:20 PM - 01/02/19
I make Millions of people happy everyday for a living. Even OBsIV canít beat that! Lol...  8)

Funny way of saying your a dealer 😂😂
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: redacted on 08:03 PM - 01/02/19
I make Millions of people happy everyday for a living. Even OBsIV canít beat that! Lol...  8)

Funny way of saying your a dealer 😂😂

lol yeah man, weird flex :P
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: systole on 08:04 PM - 01/02/19
i'd sure like to visit london, like old cities and old history.
too many things, and i still cant find what i want...
coder long ago, model/animation, some security systems work for a big bank over here in the states, some engineering for some of the tech giants, culinary, coffee, drugs...
now? bartending and rockclimbing. theyre okay things.
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: RML on 09:24 PM - 01/02/19
I make Millions of people happy everyday for a living. Even OBsIV canít beat that! Lol...  8)

Funny way of saying your a dealer 😂😂

In a way.. there's some truth to that!
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Post by: N1TRO on 10:31 PM - 01/02/19
Shady rml lol
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: parjn on 11:12 PM - 01/02/19
I work at a pharmacy, and I go to pharmacy school to become a pharmacist. Do they call pharmacists druggists or something like that in London?
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: ceebs on 03:07 AM - 01/03/19
I work at a pharmacy, and I go to pharmacy school to become a pharmacist. Do they call pharmacists druggists or something like that in London?
We call them Pharmacists too. :)
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: ceebs on 03:10 AM - 01/03/19
i'd sure like to visit london, like old cities and old history.
too many things, and i still cant find what i want...
coder long ago, model/animation, some security systems work for a big bank over here in the states, some engineering for some of the tech giants, culinary, coffee, drugs...
now? bartending and rockclimbing. theyre okay things.
London's a great place to visit, but it's just another huge city if you live here. Residents rarely go sightseeing: I'd been here four years before I bothered going inside St Paul's cathedral!
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: ceebs on 03:11 AM - 01/03/19
I do car cleaning & car detailing  :)
Do you live near me? My car is desperately in need of some love.
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: antithesis on 04:53 AM - 01/03/19
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I've been in web design and development for the last 22 years. That sounds ridiculous in my head as 1997 doesn't seem that long ago. I started as a HTML cutter and entry-level designer while studying IT at university, before ditching the degree (web stuff wasn't taught back then) to learn on the job and moved into web project management a year or so later. The next few years went into web production management at a number of ad agencies, before freelancing as a web producer in the early 00's until the end of last year.

I enjoy the creative and problem-solving aspects of web dev, but freelancing is frequently a hard and unrewarding slog. I chose the freelance path to support my then girlfriend and now wife's career, which involved a lot of travel (she's a triple Olympian, Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist and Record holder, was robbed of Olympic Gold by three convicted Russian drug cheats...we're still hopeful of getting the medal). After she retired from sport, we spat out a bunch of kids and I stuck with freelancing to share in the child-rearing duties while she returned to work as a paediatrics physio.

Flexibility over how I spend my time is fantastic, but it comes at a financial cost. The bulk of my work revolved around ecommerce web development and I made other people wealthy in the process. But over the last few years, automation from SaaS sites like Shopify and Squarespace has all but killed the small business web dev market, making guys like me redundant and my future was looking bleak. I remained the last man standing of my colleagues from the past two decades and kept afloat entirely due to securing client retainers and passive income streams very early in my career.

A couple of years ago I decided to stop working for other people. Instead, I wanted to build a couple of ecommerce businesses for myself - selling products is significantly easier than selling yourself at an hourly rate. It's cost me a truckload of time and money, but I wear many hats and can do every part of website design, development and marketing myself, so it's starting to bear fruit.

As of last December, I'm the Australian distributor for XIM Technologies and ConsoleTuner products at https://modsquad.com.au, with a few more distribution deals coming down the pipe. There's still a long way to go to get to where I want to be, but things have kicked off with a bang.

For me, XIM not only changed how I play my games, it's moved my life in a better, more rewarding direction. I've been obsessed with video games for 40 years and I'm finally doing work that I truly love and getting paid to do it. I have enormous respect for OBsIV, mist and Od1n and the work they do around here. The same goes for Jefferson over at ConsoleTuner. I plan to live up to those high standards in my dealings with the Aussie gaming community.
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Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: cyraxro on 05:01 AM - 01/03/19
Software developer (mainly Java) in Romania, Bucharest.
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: ceebs on 06:50 AM - 01/03/19
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I've been in web design and development for the last 22 years. That sounds ridiculous in my head as 1997 doesn't seem that long ago. I started as a HTML cutter and entry-level designer while studying IT at university, before ditching the degree (web stuff wasn't taught back then) to learn on the job and moved into web project management a year or so later. The next few years went into web production management at a number of ad agencies, before freelancing as a web producer in the early 00's until the end of last year.

I enjoy the creative and problem-solving aspects of web dev, but freelancing is frequently a hard and unrewarding slog. I chose the freelance path to support my then girlfriend and now wife's career, which involved a lot of travel (she's a triple Olympian, Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist and Record holder, was robbed of Olympic Gold by three convicted Russian drug cheats...we're still hopeful of getting the medal). After she retired from sport, we spat out a bunch of kids and I stuck with freelancing to share in the child-rearing duties while she returned to work as a paediatrics physio.

Flexibility over how I spend my time is fantastic, but it comes at a financial cost. The bulk of my work revolved around ecommerce web development and I made other people wealthy in the process. But over the last few years, automation from SaaS sites like Shopify and Squarespace has all but killed the small business web dev market, making guys like me redundant and my future was looking bleak. I remained the last man standing of my colleagues from the past two decades and kept afloat entirely due to securing client retainers and passive income streams very early in my career.

A couple of years ago I decided to stop working for other people. Instead, I wanted to build a couple of ecommerce businesses for myself - selling products is significantly easier than selling yourself at an hourly rate. It's cost me a truckload of time and money, but I wear many hats and can do every part of website design, development and marketing myself, so it's starting to bear fruit.

As of last December, I'm the Australian distributor for XIM Technologies and ConsoleTuner products at https://modsquad.com.au, with a few more distribution deals coming down the pipe. There's still a long way to go to get to where I want to be, but things have kicked off with a bang.

For me, XIM not only changed how I play my games, it's moved my life in a better, more rewarding direction. I've been obsessed with video games for 40 years and I'm finally doing work that I truly love and getting paid to do it. I have enormous respect for OBsIV, mist and Od1n and the work they do around here. The same goes for Jefferson over at ConsoleTuner. I plan to live up to those high standards in my dealings with the Aussie gaming community.
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Interesting reading as always, Antithesis. You are one of the half dozen or so regulars that I was hoping would respond to this thread, so thank you.
Your Mrs. sounds even more interesting than you! ;) What sport did she compete in?
I've checked out your webpage. Very professional. Good luck with the new business.
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: antithesis on 07:13 AM - 01/03/19
Thanks ceebs. My wife competed in Long Jump, which took us to London on numerous occasions. I love the culture, heritage and parks of London (my mother is from south London) and I felt connected to the place, but I wasn't too fond of knife-wielding gangs of youths.

My better half is also very accomplished professionally (Chairman of the board of Queensland Athletics & multiple other board positions; presenting paeds research later this year in Finland; upper middle management at Qld Health) and is one of those all-round "good at everything" freaks that make the rest of us look bad. I'm the good guy running support in the background and I'm very much batting out of my league, but it's been 22 years, so I'm used to it by now.

The site's a bit of a rush job to get things done by December. I was waiting on a couple of major software releases, but they kept getting delayed, so I had to bite the bullet to get something up there for the silly season. A more robust, prettier and performant version is tucked away in development land behind the scenes : )

By the way, I've read your job description multiple times and still can't wrap my head around it. I've been out in the wilderness for so long that I've forgotten what a proper job looks like! You probably wear a tie and look good doing it. The only time I wear one is to funerals.
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: Verone- on 08:19 AM - 01/03/19
I do car cleaning & car detailing  :)
Do you live near me? My car is desperately in need of some love.
I live in the Netherlands, so not quite so  ;D
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: ceebs on 08:54 AM - 01/03/19
I do car cleaning & car detailing  :)
Do you live near me? My car is desperately in need of some love.
I live in the Netherlands, so not quite so  ;D
Shame. I could have put some work your way. ;)
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: d1sable on 09:04 AM - 01/03/19
Detective Constable - hence why u have no time to game!

Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: ceebs on 09:29 AM - 01/03/19
My better half is also very accomplished professionally...one of those all-round "good at everything" freaks that make the rest of us look bad.
:D I have one of those, too.

By the way, I've read your job description multiple times and still can't wrap my head around it.
I tried to keep it simple, but clearly, it was a bit too simple. So:

I started my current (and probably final) career 18 years ago (after a tour in the armed forces, another in sales and one in security).
I began as a sales trainer, picked up call assessment, learned to write training and taught myself business coaching. I've worked in many call-centres over the years as salesman, trainer, sales trainer, training manager and Learning and Development Manager. I'm now the Head of Training and Quality in a boutique Contact Centre.
Our call-handlers specialise in taking calls on behalf of multiple clients (as opposed to being on a dedicated campaign handling calls from a single client's customers). This means that they are constantly having to learn new campaigns, so we only hire bright, flexible and intelligent agents and pay them more than the going rate. They each have to be trained constantly on new projects as we take on approximately 2-3 new clients each month, so I have a training team that learns what the agents need to be trained on, and trains them.
We assess the agent's call-handling abilities against an assessment matrix which covers compliance, product knowledge and communication skills. This is done by my Quality Assessors (QAs).
I manage and develop the trainers and QAs. I also develop the call-handler's supervisors and junior managers, so I am heavily involved in Management Development and Coaching.
In order to push the business's skills forward I write a new (and more challenging) Quality Assessment Matrix each year as part of the business's people development strategy, as well as our soft skills development programmes for both agents and their supervisors.
I love my job. :)

You probably wear a tie and look good doing it. The only time I wear one is to funerals.
I wear a suit, but never a tie. Unless Iím at a funeralÖ
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: ceebs on 09:30 AM - 01/03/19
Detective Constable - hence why u have no time to game!
Respect.
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: Balor1712 on 10:13 AM - 01/03/19
I am a pathologistsí assistant in the US.
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: ceebs on 10:30 AM - 01/03/19
I am a pathologistsí assistant in the US.
Important work.
Any chance of a cure for the common cold coming soon, Balor?
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: RML on 12:17 PM - 01/03/19
Detective Constable - hence why u have no time to game!
Respect.

Nice, I nearly went into Law Enforcement. I was an MP in the Military. My wife didnít want the stress and for me to work night shift. So I altered my childhood dream job, went back to school and went a completely different route.
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: antithesis on 04:04 PM - 01/03/19
I think you nailed it with "live different" RML. That's all I needed to see :)

I love my job.
That's the true secret to success. Unfortunately, most of us have to settle for "do what you're good at" rather than "do what you love".
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: wnb on 11:39 PM - 01/03/19
recently unemployed ( was just your above and beyond work horse. as i didnt listen in school) done abit of everything concreting, retaining walls,land scaping, yard hand,forklifting , cooking, personal training.. just figuring out what i wanna do in life next.
i got nothing tying me down so my living costs are very low and thanks to the lovely xim im able to game at a budget ;) (that plugs ganna cost ya, btw. i charge by the letter who do i pm the invoice to?)
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: gahagafaka on 02:09 AM - 01/04/19
I mock lolpop
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: ceebs on 03:07 AM - 01/04/19
I mock lolpop
That's a job that everyone does. ;)
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: ceebs on 03:08 AM - 01/04/19
recently unemployed ( was just your above and beyond work horse. as i didnt listen in school) done abit of everything concreting, retaining walls,land scaping, yard hand,forklifting , cooking, personal training.. just figuring out what i wanna do in life next.
i got nothing tying me down so my living costs are very low and thanks to the lovely xim im able to game at a budget ;) (that plugs ganna cost ya, btw. i charge by the letter who do i pm the invoice to?)
I've been made redundant a couple of times in my life. Strange how gaming takes up so much job-hunting time!
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: ceebs on 03:09 AM - 01/04/19
Detective Constable - hence why u have no time to game!
Respect.
I was an MP in the Military.
Are you Jack Reacher IRL?
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: ceebs on 03:17 AM - 01/04/19
I think you nailed it with "live different" RML. That's all I needed to see :)

I love my job.
That's the true secret to success. Unfortunately, most of us have to settle for "do what you're good at" rather than "do what you love".
So true.
I was lucky. I had several careers before Learning and Development, none of which particularly excited me, but all of which I was at least competent at. I fell into training almost by accident. There was a trainer job going in the call centre where I was doing telesales (between 'proper' jobs). I didn't know much about it the role, but my then GF told me "You love standing up in front of people and telling them what to do". So I applied. The rest is history.

But you're now doing what you're good at, related to what you love, yes?
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: wnb on 07:36 AM - 01/04/19
recently unemployed ( was just your above and beyond work horse. as i didnt listen in school) done abit of everything concreting, retaining walls,land scaping, yard hand,forklifting , cooking, personal training.. just figuring out what i wanna do in life next.
i got nothing tying me down so my living costs are very low and thanks to the lovely xim im able to game at a budget ;) (that plugs ganna cost ya, btw. i charge by the letter who do i pm the invoice to?)
I've been made redundant a couple of times in my life. Strange how gaming takes up so much job-hunting time!

yes only a gamer would know that, i tried to use that excuse at the dole office..... they wouldnt cop it. gamist bastards!
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: antithesis on 07:53 AM - 01/04/19
But you're now doing what you're good at, related to what you love, yes?
It's taken decades to get there, but yes - I'm doing something I'm good at, in an industry that I love, for people who appreciate my help.

My decades of experience to date feels like an education rather than a career. I'm enjoying using my full skillset without being cokc-blocked by know-it-all clients, insufficient budgets or unachievable deadlines.

The difference between working for clients and truly working for yourself is a higher sense of purpose. It's far more rewarding to own the outcome.
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: ƑȒƐƐĿǾ on 06:19 PM - 01/04/19
I do nothing
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: TheycallmeDee on 09:45 PM - 01/05/19
Own a pest control company. Not glamorous, but pretty profitable.
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: bdm214 on 02:25 PM - 01/08/19
I am a Recovery Coordinator at an University
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: RML on 04:17 PM - 01/08/19
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Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: Jamesbone on 10:21 PM - 01/08/19

Boilermaker by trade, have worked on all the major LNG = liquefied natural Gas projects in Australia, on the worst rosters lol  4 weeks on 1 week off
Currently on a great roster 3 weeks on 3 weeks off , pay is great but sucks being away from family
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: antithesis on 10:46 PM - 01/08/19
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I'm confused...it's looks like you drop poison into a boiler, cause a chemical reaction to irradiate the liquid (or perhaps hit the turn speed limit), then convert it into urine.
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: roads on 10:50 PM - 01/08/19
RML I hope you do that at Augustiner in Munich!
And I am a Butcher :D
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: antithesis on 11:01 PM - 01/08/19
Orthopaedics?
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: roads on 11:05 PM - 01/08/19
Head/Neck or Maxillofacial depending on country but only doing facial surgery reconstruction and plastics, dropped the dental part years ago.

I do wisdom teeth for friends though  ;D
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: antithesis on 11:07 PM - 01/08/19
Sounds hard. And rewarding. I'll stick to the kiddy pool of life where it's nice and safe, and I can p!ss myself without anyone noticing.
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: roads on 11:12 PM - 01/08/19
Rewarding working with the patient but not monetary enough anymore, good times are over, never had them, would not do it again. 20 Years of training ultra high responsibility with bad salaries and then Government @#$% you over. My child I will tell her not to do it let another idiot do the job.
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: Sak on 11:31 PM - 02/07/19
I'm an IT guy for the U.S. Army.  8)

Only for a couple more years and then I'm going to try to score a decent gig somewhere with my experience and certs.  :D
Title: Re: What do you do for a living?
Post by: Antec800 on 04:52 AM - 02/08/19
Own a 711( not Indian btw lol) and rent out property