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Message 1953190 - Posted: 1 Sep 2018, 9:41:13 UTC

My first job was as a map maker/travel counselor at AAA, and I thought it was fun. At the same time, I also worked in photography as a salesperson in camera equipment and photofinishing, and I liked that a lot, too, before digital took over. My University degree is in psychology because I have always been interested in why I do what I do, plus why other people do what they do. The problem is, I didn't really have any burning ambition, and that's why I struggled to find a job path that suited my talents.

My father, who was a lawyer, died in 1982, and my mother, who continued to raise me after that traumatic experience, died last year. I'm in my 50's and am basically not in need of working for money, so I volunteer at the local art museum.

What was your first job, and what do you do, now? What was your dream job?
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Message 1953195 - Posted: 1 Sep 2018, 12:00:09 UTC - in response to Message 1953190.  

I am a pensioner. My first job was to help build and calibrate a bubble chamber at the Physics Department of the University of Trieste. I had to go and fetch a CO60 gamma-ray source from an subterranean room and use it to generate neutrons by irradiating a beryllium target, this to calibrate the bubble chamber. This without any safety protection. I also had to modify the chamber electronics by using the first Germanium transistors instead of vacuum tubes.This when I was still a student. The physicists were using vacuum tubes in their equipment and told me that the transistors had no future. This was in 1959/1960. On weekends I climbed mountains.
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Message 1953196 - Posted: 1 Sep 2018, 12:02:22 UTC - in response to Message 1953195.  

The physicists were using vacuum tubes in their equipment and told me that the transistors had no future.

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Message 1953475 - Posted: 2 Sep 2018, 22:48:25 UTC - in response to Message 1953196.  

I guess tullio still mentioned the old stuff being used here as well...
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Message 1953548 - Posted: 3 Sep 2018, 10:08:20 UTC - in response to Message 1953475.  
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I think that vacuum tubes are still used in music players from vinyl discs, their sound is warmer than in transistor radios and players.
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Message 1953567 - Posted: 3 Sep 2018, 14:16:22 UTC - in response to Message 1953548.  
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I think that vacuum tubes are still used in music players from vinyl discs, their sound is warmer than in transistor radios and players.
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That is an absolute fact.

Also, the Russians (Soviets ) still used vacuum tubes in their military equipment
long after the West. It had the advantage of greatly increased survive-ability to EMP .

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edit - My first job - paper route )
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Message 1953992 - Posted: 6 Sep 2018, 4:07:14 UTC

My first paying job was as a civil engineering drafts(person). I went on to graduate from college with a degree in math education and worked one year as a teacher. From then until my retirement 10 years ago I worked in the civil engineering field as a computer tech(Autocad). I enjoyed my work in civil engineering and take great pride in the knowledge that my work has helped people travel around the state of Florida.
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Message 1957038 - Posted: 24 Sep 2018, 0:51:28 UTC

I was an Artillery Forward Observer in the Military. After I got out, I was a Guard
at a Maximum Security Prison for 24 years. Nowadays, I'm sort of a Rent a Cop )

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Message 1957061 - Posted: 24 Sep 2018, 2:35:45 UTC - in response to Message 1957060.  

When I was a kid, I had a crush on the two paper girls who delivered on this street. That used to be a good job. Everybody got the paper back in those days. We even had morning and evening delivery.
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Message 1957065 - Posted: 24 Sep 2018, 3:29:27 UTC - in response to Message 1957061.  

When I was a kid, I had a crush on the two paper girls who delivered on this street. That used to be a good job. Everybody got the paper back in those days. We even had morning and evening delivery.

I don't know if anyone can top this, but I was making $1 per customer per month and I had 100 customers, I held on to that for about 3 years, then moved on.
Not bad for a kid on a 5spd bike that used to be a single speed, yes I did that.
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Message 1957067 - Posted: 24 Sep 2018, 3:39:15 UTC - in response to Message 1957065.  

Most of the delivery kids in my neighborhood did it on foot.

Were you good at hitting the porch, Vic?
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Message 1957070 - Posted: 24 Sep 2018, 3:58:50 UTC - in response to Message 1957067.  

Most of the delivery kids in my neighborhood did it on foot.

Were you good at hitting the porch, Vic?

Generally yes, I'm ambidextrous and it's also why the 5 speed, I could drop and pivot if the yard was not fenced and not disturb anyones begonias.

I worked for the LA Herald Examiner, My dad worked for old man Copley as did two of My cousins.
Dad I was told saved the Burbank Herald single handedly, He was a circulation manager after WW2.
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Message 1957139 - Posted: 24 Sep 2018, 19:31:58 UTC

My first job, was a paper boy. My first job in my skill set when I was 16 was installing radio communication equipment in cars and fleet vehicles.
Now, I am a software engineer, specializing in database based analog and digital test automation.

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Message 1957149 - Posted: 24 Sep 2018, 20:32:41 UTC - in response to Message 1957139.  

A lot of paper boys. So few people get the paper nowadays, they've gone to car routes, which obviously eliminates the opportunity for kids.
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Message 1957152 - Posted: 24 Sep 2018, 20:55:36 UTC
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I started off...way back when, as an apprentice electrician before becoming an electrical draughtsman. Then moved on to become a modelmaker helping to construct 5th scale models of nuclear submarines out of perpex...

..then got into education working for my final 10 or 12 years, with teenagers with behavoural difficulties, before retiring due to ill heath..

I always remembered as a kid I wanted to be a draughtsman...

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Message 1957160 - Posted: 24 Sep 2018, 21:25:27 UTC - in response to Message 1957152.  

modelmaker helping to construct 5th scale models of nuclear submarines out of perpex...

That sounds interesting. How did you get into that field?
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Message 1957168 - Posted: 24 Sep 2018, 22:17:54 UTC - in response to Message 1957160.  
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modelmaker helping to construct 5th scale models of nuclear submarines out of perpex...

That sounds interesting. How did you get into that field?


By accident really...it was when they were bringing CAD into the drawing office...I loved drawing in pen and ink and made it plain that I was none too happy to be taken away from my drawing board..

The boss calked me in and said, "Have you ever thought about becoming a modelmaker?"

I replied, "No."

He said, "You start Monday."

It was the best move I ever made...or was forced to make...

Before the perspex models, they used to make full scale wooden mock ups of certain sections of the first of class of surface ships and submarines....

Remember...Always look on the bright side of life.....
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Message 1957169 - Posted: 24 Sep 2018, 22:24:01 UTC - in response to Message 1957168.  

Well, you clearly have attention to detail. I used to be fascinated with the fonts used in movies/tv shows/on advertising, etc., and I liked to try to copy them, and make my own. This was back of course before computer font designs.
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Message 1957205 - Posted: 25 Sep 2018, 6:02:38 UTC

I too was a paperboy... er, uh... paper girl... paper person???

I delivered The Montclarion, a small, local paper. For most of the homes on my route I was unable to throw the paper up to the doorway, so I walked a lot of steps and carefully placed a lot of Montclarions on door mats.

Now I am a speech pathologist, but the first job I remember ever wanting to have was nun. I think I liked the "costumes".
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