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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i think i've figured out what i want to do.. its just getting into it is going to be a bastard. so im gona have to go for soemthing else in the mean time.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    icey wrote:
    5.35 per hour x 14 hours a week (more in the holidays) + student loan & grant


    you didn't earn your loan or grant. :p
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i don't know what i want to do yet really, but i know i want to earn more than £25k after any training i need. :yes:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Well - here goes (and I'm doing my best not to come across as an arrogant prick right now):

    I'm 27, I have no degree or A-levels and currently earn (when I can be bothered getting a contract - I like my time off, had 4 months off last year) the equivelant of around £90k.

    I'll be honest, I don't really like the job any more and am looking to get out of it as I've got to the point where anybody I work with on a similar level is 40+ and the work is usually quite solitary. Very strange as I'm meant to manage people, but all the resource is either offshore or offsite so it's all done by phone or email. Not ideal as I'm a very social person. Regardless of what I get into next, the drop in money is going to be quite spectacular as I'm not qualified or experienced in anything else.

    If I stayed in the role I am in now, or rather, if things progressed (I'm a test management consultant), the upper limits to what I could earn on a daily rate are around £600/day. Although, if I managed to secure a contract with hourly pay that would be a lot higher - but these are few and few between once at management level as you're expected to work longer hours and not get paid. Takes the piss to be honest as I was earning more as a test lead/engineer a year or two ago as I was being paid for the hours I was doing. I'm actually looking to take a step backwards at the moment to get back onto this hourly pay, and also to have a little less responsibility riding on me. I just can't be bothered with it any more.

    I was very lucky to be in the right place at the right time when I started out - and the rest is because I've worked hard, can talk the talk during interviews, and been cheeky enough to ask for the higher rates when I should not have possibly received them.

    £30/hour at 21 years old was pretty wicked - then the market crashed and I was out of a decent contract for 6 months.

    Pays better as there are risks involved - but aren't there always in this day and age?

    The thing I always say to people is there is always something better out there - you just have to be willing to take a risk and go for it.

    I've another business plan in the pipeline which is coming along nicely but is going to take a few months to get off the ground, and a good couple of years before I'm going to be comfortably well off again. Hopefully will be worth it though and then I won't have to deal with all this IT bullshit any more!

    See - just too easy to come off as a prick when being straight up (excuse the pun...) about this kind of thing.

    G.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i don't know what i want to do yet really, but i know i want to earn more than £25k after any training i need. :yes:
    yeah you just wait til you finish uni and realise what the real world is all about! lost is a word that describes me at the moment. sorry don't mean to sound patronising, just you have all these expectations and then you finish uni in shit loads of debt without experience in the sector you want to go in and your world comes crashing down. :(
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    g_angel007 wrote:
    I'm 27, I have no degree or A-levels and currently earn (when I can be bothered getting a contract - I like my time off, had 4 months off last year) the equivelant of around £90k.
    G.
    well what is it you do??
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    lipsy wrote:
    yeah you just wait til you finish uni and realise what the real world is all about! lost is a word that describes me at the moment. sorry don't mean to sound patronising, just you have all these expectations and then you finish uni in shit loads of debt without experience in the sector you want to go in and your world comes crashing down. :(

    haha yeh i realise it's gonna be hard when i graduate - i'm trying not to be naive but what i mean is when i'm at a good level in the job i want to be in i want to earn £25k and then possibly be able to progress. if i get onto a training scheme of some sort after uni then i'll get around £15k a year training then around £25k after that. that's what i'm aiming for! but they're very competitive jobs. :(
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    lipsy wrote:
    well what is it you do??

    he's a test management consultant or whatever that is!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    no chance. :p

    i think £25k is my ideal because it's what my mum earns (well, £26k) and i see it as a good wage to live on. :)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    lipsy wrote:
    well what is it you do??


    It's a little further down the post - I'm a Test Management Consultant.

    Basically, I'm freelance, and I go into companies to, erm, manage, plan, resource etc the testing for any projects they may need me to.

    I'm not a technical person, certainly can't program etc etc, but you still have to have a broad grounding in a fairly varied knowledge base. Complicated as I have to liaise between the full on technical people and developers, suppliers, customers etc and be able to communicate everything at all levels. Does my head in to be honest as I don't like talking in "tech". :banghead: Plain Yorkshire is my preferred language ;)

    Most of my work is done in the (mobile) telecommunications industry. I was lucky enough to work a superb 4 months in Italy a couple of years back - just superb. I also spent some time in Munich, but I just couldn't get my head around the language and so it wasn't quite so much fun. Beautiful city though!

    That's another reason I want to take a little step backwards - there tend to be travel options available at "senior/test lead/test analyst" level. I was offered a month in France, Spain and Germany last week to start in mid-Feb, but the money was about half my usual rate and I can't commit to something 1.5 months away as I will no doubt have something else lined up by then. 1 month isn't long enough to commit to...

    G.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    no chance. :p

    i think £25k is my ideal because it's what my mum earns (well, £26k) and i see it as a good wage to live on. :)
    oh i see. i thought you meant £25k after a year or 2 of finishing uni.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    my step dad is a dense loading specialist..an engineer of some kind anyway! he travels all over working and he says he wouldn't do the job if he didn't get to travel. he works 12 hour shifts and doesn't get much time off but he likes going to different places. he was in finland just before christmas but now he's in wales.. fairly good money but he's been self-employed so the money hasn't been reliable but i think he has a contract now.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    g_angel007 wrote:
    It's a little further down the post - I'm a Test Management Consultant.

    Basically, I'm freelance, and I go into companies to, erm, manage, plan, resource etc the testing for any projects they may need me to.


    G.
    oooh dya mean like Accenture?


    well you sound loaded! it was only yesterday i was looking at a gorgeous legacy tiffany ring and dreaming someone would buy it for me..
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    yeh, fancy sharing some of your £'s with us? :flirt:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    my step dad is a dense loading specialist..an engineer of some kind anyway! he travels all over working and he says he wouldn't do the job if he didn't get to travel. he works 12 hour shifts and doesn't get much time off but he likes going to different places. he was in finland just before christmas but now he's in wales.. fairly good money but he's been self-employed so the money hasn't been reliable but i think he has a contract now.


    Aye - the travel is (usually!!) fully expensed and so you work hard, but play hard - having an expensive meal and a few bottles of cracking wine, followed by more drinks in bars on the company at the end of a 14 hour day is somewhat pleasing :) They usually pay for the food on the weekends too - just not the drinks. You just have to get friendly with the bar staff and creative with your receipts and you can wangle it though ;)

    Don't get me wrong, I love working in the UK - but the chance to get away for a few weeks here and there is fantastic. I've not had the opportunity to travel since Italy/Germany as the last role I had which we were meant to go to various European locations and Hong Kong was terminated due to the project being canned. Usual 1 week notice etc... They laid off 62 permies and all the consultants so it was a major cull and a shock to the industry!

    Still - you move on (you get used to it - if you take anything personally you're in the wrong job in this instance) and I'd got another contract a week later so that was fine.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    oh i don't think my step-dad has a lavish life style like that when he works away! just a normal blokey beer drinking contractor!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    lipsy wrote:
    oooh dya mean like Accenture?


    well you sound loaded! it was only yesterday i was looking at a gorgeous legacy tiffany ring and dreaming someone would buy it for me..


    LOL!!

    Yeah, Accenture is the kind of company I would sometimes work through - Acutest, Tescom Intl are a couple of others. To be honest, I usually prefer to go direct as you are more in control of your own destiny. There are so many rules and regulations going through these consultancies (including always being suited and booted) that it can strangle things a bit.

    Going direct you go straight in, do your job, report directly to the powers that be, and often get away with wearing funky casual clothes. Much more my thing :)

    Legacy Tiffany ring, eh? Randomly I have a pair of solid silver cuff-links done by a chap that designs things for them. The bull and the bear - a stock market thing. He did them by hand! Not seen him or that circle of friends in a long while though. Bit posh for me!! :lol:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    oh i don't think my step-dad has a lavish life style like that when he works away! just a normal blokey beer drinking contractor!


    That's a bit of a bugger! You *have* to milk it somehow!! ;)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    g_angel007 wrote:
    LOL!!
    Legacy Tiffany ring, eh? Randomly I have a pair of solid silver cufflinks done by a chap that designs things for them. Not seen him or that circle of friends in a long while though. Bit posh for me!! :lol:
    i want the one on the right. its just stunning :love: i think it would really suit my hand :lol:
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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    lipsy wrote:
    i want the one on the right. its just stunning :love: i think it would really suit my hand :lol:
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    It is quite pretty!

    I think I would have to see it in front of me, or rather, being worn before I decided if it was slightly too flashy for my tastes (obviously not that I would be wearing it hahah) - but yes, it does look very nice and I'm sure it would make the most of you :)

    ETA - Looking at it again, that's the kind of piece that you would simply *have* buy several new outfits to go with! It wouldn't be right to waste it with too "normal" an outfit, would it?!

    You sound like you'd be an expensive girly to date ;):lol:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    g_angel007 wrote:
    It is quite pretty!

    I think I would have to see it in front of me, or rather, being worn before I decided if it was slightly too flashy for my tastes (obviously not that I would be wearing it hahah) - but yes, it does look very nice and I'm sure it would make the most of you :)
    yes i will model it for you whilst naked and you won't be able to say no. failing that i will spike you with an E and you will be so loved up you will offer to buy me 2. :yes: but how much do you think something like that would cost? bearing in mind its platinum.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    g_angel007 wrote:
    You sound like you'd be an expensive girly to date ;):lol:
    haha i'm just a girly girly and i love diamonds!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    lipsy wrote:
    yes i will model it for you whilst naked and you won't be able to say no. failing that i will spike you with an E and you will be so loved up you will offer to buy me 2. :yes: but how much do you think something like that would cost? bearing in mind its platinum.


    :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

    You know *exactly* the way to a man's heart! ;)

    You know I found that picture, but couldn't find any details.

    I'm going to tentatively say around £5k - but my knowledge of women's jewellery is limited at best!

    It's a pretty big stone there too...
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    lipsy wrote:
    haha i'm just a girly girly and i love diamonds!


    Well... They are reported to be a girl's best friend, eh? :yum:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    g_angel007 wrote:
    :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

    You know *exactly* the way to a man's heart! ;)

    You know I found that picture, but couldn't find any details.

    I'm going to tentatively say around £5k - but my knowledge of women's jewellery is limited at best!

    It's a pretty big stone there too...
    oooo i would have thought a LOT more than that.. anyway i'm off to bed :flirt: :razz:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    lipsy wrote:
    oooo i would have thought a LOT more than that.. anyway i'm off to bed :flirt: :razz:

    So am I! :flirt:

    Can't believe I stayed up on here when sober! :eek2:

    Bloody fancy jewellery! :lol:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i'm 21 and earn £96.30 a week part time

    i'm currently job hunting now i've finished uni

    but unlike some people who finish uni, i dont expect to get a 30K+ job straight away, i know it wont happen as i have no "experience"

    so in the next year i'm expecting about 14-15k a year to build up my experience :)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I don't expect a £30k + job when I graduate, but I will be looking for mid £20k as that's what a fair chunk of industry thinks I'm worth. Although I'm getting experience doing industrial placements each summer.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I'm earning £14,000 as a junior conveyancer at a Legal 500 firm.

    Without getting further qualifications it probably won't go up that much more, maybe to about £20k tops.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
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