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>> No. 4012 Anonymous
14th December 2012
Friday 9:36 am
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Applying for JSA links
Both are a little out of date.
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>> No. 13507 Anonymous
20th August 2020
Thursday 12:12 pm
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This is a bit ridiculous isn't it? Penalising people with degrees.

Is it worth just lying on my CV and saying I don't have a degree? Anyway they can find out? What would be the best way to do it?
>> No. 13508 Anonymous
20th August 2020
Thursday 1:36 pm
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Is it an apprenticeship or vocational scheme? In which case they only get funding for providing education to people who don't already have it.
>> No. 13509 Anonymous
20th August 2020
Thursday 3:52 pm
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Would you turn up at a food bank and lie when your cupboards at home were full?
>> No. 13510 Anonymous
20th August 2020
Thursday 8:46 pm
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I don't think it is ridiculous when their stated mission is to help people without degrees - why should you jump the queue when you've already had that opportunity?

>> No. 1795 Anonymous
27th May 2011
Friday 6:32 pm
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ITT: Workplace annoyances.

I'll get the ball rolling - having to bring in pastries on your birthday. I know it's cheaper if people bring their own in on their birthday instead of chipping in every time someone in the office has a birthday, but it's still fucking annoying having to fork out on your birthday.
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>> No. 13530 Anonymous
7th September 2020
Monday 11:16 am
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>than paying the IT guys a bit of overtime

a) They're probably not paying the IT guys any overtime and b) it's easier to test upgrades and find out that it hasn't worked, when everyone is in the office.
>> No. 13531 Anonymous
7th September 2020
Monday 11:35 am
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The company I worked for before used the exact same systems and all IT updates were done out of hours without a hitch. By my reckoning the upgrades this morning will have cost at least 150 man hours in lost work.
>> No. 13532 Anonymous
9th September 2020
Wednesday 10:15 am
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There's someone in my team who just absolutely loves the sound of their own voice; it's not just that they will ramble on, they'll actively find excuses to ramble on and on and on, spending 20 minutes to make a 30 second point.
>> No. 13533 Anonymous
9th September 2020
Wednesday 9:22 pm
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I'm tempted to "forget" to add my organisation's stipulated email footer, just because I work on a shared inbox, and people tend to type my name from the footer in the To: field instead of hitting reply and maintaining the email chain. Then they get all pissy when I don't reply to them within a minute because the important stuff should go to the shared inbox, which is prioritised accordingly. They seem to be under the impression that doing it the other way is some sort of shortcut to a blue chip personal service. What I actually do is snarl and ignore it until I've cleared my quota.

Side rant: I understand that Learning & Development is subset of HR in most organisations, but where I work it's important enough to be a separate department. This distinction is made clear wherever possible - on the intranet, the shared inbox email address, and every time I answer the phone - so how the fuck do I keep getting queries about Payroll, Temporary Staffing, Hierarchy changes and even IT helpdesk requests?
>> No. 13534 Anonymous
10th September 2020
Thursday 8:23 am
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>>13532 Just talk over the fucker. Nobody will complain.

>> No. 13517 Anonymous
29th August 2020
Saturday 10:11 pm
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How long do agencies probably keep records of previous employees for?

I want to apply for a job with an agency I left under a cloud 18 years ago. Could they still have me in their records?
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>> No. 13524 Anonymous
31st August 2020
Monday 12:38 am
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Oh don't leave us hanging like that.

>> No. 13525 Anonymous
31st August 2020
Monday 9:21 pm
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I slept with the receptionist's wife (the receptionist was male, extremely popular, and he kept working there for at least five years after I left).
>> No. 13526 Anonymous
2nd September 2020
Wednesday 4:07 pm
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Chances are they don't have the details and nobody from the last time still works there.
>> No. 13527 Anonymous
2nd September 2020
Wednesday 7:49 pm
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I wouldn't say nobody from 18 years ago is still there. It could be very likely that the middle aged business support type is still there.
>> No. 13528 Anonymous
2nd September 2020
Wednesday 9:08 pm
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If they've been there that long, they'll probably see you for the massive ledge you are.

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>> No. 13505 Anonymous
18th August 2020
Tuesday 5:59 pm
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can the jobcentre force me to take a job or can i refuse saying i'm scared of getting the corona?
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>> No. 13506 Anonymous
18th August 2020
Tuesday 6:43 pm
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Depends on your reasoning I suppose. If it helps, 'm signed on and used to do care work and now understandably there's a lot of care work available. Unfortunately I'm staying with my parents for the time being who fall in the at risk higher age range, which I explained to the person who called me and that any other time I'd be happy to take such a job, but I'm not risking my parents health when care homes are nightmares right now. She seemed to understand and they haven't pushed anything since, that was a few weeks ago now.
>> No. 13514 Anonymous
25th August 2020
Tuesday 10:35 pm
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>> No. 13515 Anonymous
26th August 2020
Wednesday 3:12 pm
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I've done fuck all and so far they've said nothing. Presuming it's just because so many people are using it right now that you can't check what everybody's doing.
>> No. 13516 Anonymous
26th August 2020
Wednesday 6:03 pm
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Let's be honest, next year the news is going to be full of outraged headlines around how many people/companies lied about being on furlough, and how many restaurants magically sold 1000 meals a day on Rishi's scheme.

>> No. 13481 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 4:42 pm
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This is a long shot, but I've been absolutely racking by brain over a big job application due on Monday.

It's a big job that I believe I'm well-suited for, but it's a rather open, non-specific job description ("willingness to learn", "junior staff will be supervised by senior staff", etc.).

I've been contacting my thesis supervisor, old colleagues, friends, everyone for feedback on my CV and cover letter, but everyone is busy and only a few have offered opinions.

It occurs to me now I should have got in touch with the people posting the job ad, but I think it's too late for me now.

Are there any last minute review services by HR wonks I can use? I was considering handing over an obscene amount of money for a single session with someone who called themselves a "career coach", but decided against it.

What else can I do?
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>> No. 13482 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 5:12 pm
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You can still contact the employer. If they don't know otherwise you can always tell them "I've just seen this ad, is anyone around to talk about it?"
>> No. 13483 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 5:35 pm
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Which bit of the application are you struggling with?

The CV or the covering letter?
>> No. 13484 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 5:43 pm
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It's not that I'm struggling, it's just a high-end application (40k per year academic/scientific job) that I'd really like to get as good as humanly possible.
>> No. 13485 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 5:56 pm
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Slip in a £5 note in the application.

>> No. 13464 Anonymous
14th July 2020
Tuesday 12:11 pm
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Say you worked a remote IT job for a company based in, I don't know, Germany, but you actually lived in Japan via the 6 month visiting visa.

If you didn't pay those taxes... How would they even find out? I have friends who get away with it, but it's all cash in hand...
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>> No. 13472 Anonymous
14th July 2020
Tuesday 8:25 pm
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> Sadly they don't work if you work for US company while living outside the US.

I'm double guessing myself there, I think. Technically if you live in the UK and work for a US company then you're self employed in the UK. Although you'd probably have to at least set up a limited company and pay yourself a proper PAYE wage in order to swing this visa, which is all very painful.
>> No. 13473 Anonymous
14th July 2020
Tuesday 8:34 pm
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You wouldn't be working for a US company while living outside the US. You'd be carrying out work for your UK company while temporarily in the US.
>> No. 13474 Anonymous
14th July 2020
Tuesday 8:38 pm
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Technically I'm "paid" by a US based consulting company and I declare taxes in the UK as self-employed. Would that be a good enough excuse to get a "B in lieu of H" visa?

I feel like showing up to the consulate and saying you're self employed in the UK and going to work for a US company for a few weeks unlikely to go over well and that you'd have more luck if you had a proper limited company with PAYE payroll set up.
>> No. 13475 Anonymous
15th July 2020
Wednesday 8:02 pm
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>saying you're self employed in the UK and going to work for a US company for a few weeks unlikely to go over well

It really does not. The only issues I've ever had at the US border was when I was in this situation. It was bona fide too, my company in the UK had employees, accounts, etc; we were doing a couple of weeks work on an installation - temporary - but it's the only time I got stopped at the border and then taken off to an interview room. Terrible and frightening.
>> No. 13476 Anonymous
15th July 2020
Wednesday 10:19 pm
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If you're going over on a visa waiver you should just say you're visiting a client, it's never failed me in maybe a dozen work trips (knock on wood). It's a really stupid grey area where meetings are fine but actually doing work that money is changing hands for requires a work visa.

Or if you're really paranoid just go in via Las Vegas and get a connecting flight the next day. Just try not to max out your entire expense budget on blackjack and the drugs every damn cab driver will oh so subtly hint they can get you.

>> No. 13444 Anonymous
29th June 2020
Monday 4:03 pm
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Not sure if more suited for /job/ or /emo/ but here goes.

I've noticed a girl that 'ghosted' me off a dating app has applied for a job I'm recruiting for, which would make me her line manager.

Her application is actually pretty good but I'm worried it might be awkward if she knows I fancy her.

For context, we arranged to meet up and swapped numbers just before the pandemic, but then she tried to reschedule and never replied to my response suggesting another day.

I'm tempted to text her letting her know that she's applied for a job I'm hiring for, but I'm worried that this would be inappropriate and could get me in trouble.

What's a guy supposed to do in a situation like this?
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>> No. 13446 Anonymous
29th June 2020
Monday 4:20 pm
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We're a small organisation (around 10 staff) so we don't have a proper HR department, and to be honest I dunno if I would be comfortable telling them about this.

How would I be exposing myself to risk if I ignore it?
>> No. 13447 Anonymous
29th June 2020
Monday 4:20 pm
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>I'm tempted to text her letting her know that she's applied for a job I'm hiring for, but I'm worried that this would be inappropriate and could get me in trouble.

>> No. 13448 Anonymous
29th June 2020
Monday 4:28 pm
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Arrange the job interview at a restaurant or other date setting. Two birds with one stone.
>> No. 13449 Anonymous
29th June 2020
Monday 4:37 pm
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If you give her the job, you could be accused of favouritism. If you don't give her the job, you could be accused of spite. If she gets the job and an issue crops up down the road, whatever contact you had with her on the dating app could be used as evidence of your amorous/malicious intent.

Just tell your boss. As soon as you tell your boss, it's his problem, not yours. It might be mildly embarrassing, but it'll be far more embarrassing if it comes out later and it looks like you were hiding something.
>> No. 13450 Anonymous
29th June 2020
Monday 9:06 pm
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Not the OP, but I get the feeling that if she doesn't get the job she won't complain.

>> No. 13404 Anonymous
13th June 2020
Saturday 2:20 am
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On balance, would you say that you prefer having a male or a female boss?

It's a controversial topic but I got to talking about this at work today. I'd honestly never thought about it before but a lad baffled me with an admission that he never gets along with male bosses as he feels there is a macho-rivalry that goes on. Same with the other one on the call who said that she prefers a male boss as, in her opinion, female bosses are more controlling - she was quite adamant that she would pick a male boss every time.

I definitely prefer a male boss and had assumed it was the norm to prefer the same gender. I wouldn't be comfortable talking to a female boss about my problems and you can't have the same 'matey' relationship where you both take the piss or engage in friendly insubordination. Personally, I can't think of a single instance where I've had a happy relationship with a female boss and it's probably irrevocably influenced my view, I've found them quite incapable of having my back or speaking honesty and therefore I can't respect them.

Maybe that's me though. Next female boss I get I'll rip the piss out of her and ignore her instructions to see what happens. I assume she will storm off and report me to HR for not embracing her girl-power ego.
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>> No. 13419 Anonymous
14th June 2020
Sunday 12:14 pm
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I think that's everyone's experience. It's one of those things everyone has probably noticed by just knows you're supposed to brush over in any context requiring PC.

My work was in the situation a few years ago where me and another lad were the only males, to 8 or 9 females. The rest of the lasses actively requested that in future they try to hire more lads, because the catiness was getting so severe. It's mad that it's something they even recognised themselves but were incapable of just... Not being.
>> No. 13420 Anonymous
14th June 2020
Sunday 12:44 pm
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I couldn't care less at this point. I'm a corporate drone, if they dimple or dangle makes little difference to how much I detest filling in the TPS reports... err, ticking off my SSADM blocks... err, [s]story points[s]... err, commenting enough on the corporate GitHub? >>13409 yes.

They are all playing the same game.
>> No. 13421 Anonymous
14th June 2020
Sunday 12:46 pm
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>> No. 13422 Anonymous
14th June 2020
Sunday 2:49 pm
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I reckon it's just playground antics bubbling up into adulthood. As a lad I might have a (professional) dust-up with someone one day and the next we'll have a laugh over a pint, women meanwhile go into long-simmering psychological conflicts. I'm stereotyping here but I reckon women could do with corporate training in how to properly conduct monkey business.

Still, while a lad team works well I find a male-dominated office somehow lacking something that is difficult to describe. Women have this calming effect and, in general, stop you from living like a caveman.
>> No. 13423 Anonymous
14th June 2020
Sunday 7:09 pm
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>> No. 13375 Anonymous
4th March 2020
Wednesday 8:55 pm
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Let's say you had your time again. How would you go about becoming a successful architect?
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>> No. 13398 Anonymous
8th March 2020
Sunday 12:49 pm
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Typical adult gamer, expecting others to take care of his own responsibilities.
>> No. 13399 Anonymous
8th March 2020
Sunday 12:53 pm
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Why not just run a keylogger on your laptop, and temporarily block her phone from the internet on your router so she's forced to use your computer for a couple of days? You'll probably get facebook, insta, maybe even a bank account or two.
>> No. 13400 Anonymous
8th March 2020
Sunday 12:56 pm
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Why would I want access to her bank account? That'd be crossing a line.
>> No. 13401 Anonymous
8th March 2020
Sunday 1:50 pm
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I'm not saying you would, just that you could.

Useful for tracking where she's been, though.
>> No. 13402 Anonymous
8th March 2020
Sunday 6:01 pm
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I feel you.

I upgraded my system a couple of months ago, and the most fun I've actually had with it is the first couple of weeks where I was repeatedly running benchmarks, swapping out the fans, and tweaking the fan curves to see how quiet I could make it without getting into throttling territory.

Still undecided if the pair of 140mm fans I had in the front before were better than the higher spec 120mm ones I have in now, because I feel like they blow a bit too exclusively at the GPU and starve the CPU radiator a bit. If I was to swap them and test it out, I could easily waste a week tinkering without booting up a single game.

>> No. 12418 Anonymous
16th July 2018
Monday 5:05 pm
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Hi Lads, cadet from the travel-working thread here - I think the MN might be an interesting topic to discuss, especially as some other lads have questions.

I can only speak from the perspective of someone starting a cadetship, so can't contribute much, other than my agreement at the poster saying that it seems to be a good way out for someone without qualifications but a willingness to do the graft.
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>> No. 13370 Anonymous
28th February 2020
Friday 12:14 am
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What was your function onboard?
>> No. 13371 Anonymous
28th February 2020
Friday 5:33 pm
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physical correspondence technician
>> No. 13372 Anonymous
28th February 2020
Friday 5:54 pm
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You mean you were a postboy?
>> No. 13373 Anonymous
28th February 2020
Friday 9:30 pm
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No, those are the employees without a degree in Communications.
>> No. 13374 Anonymous
28th February 2020
Friday 9:54 pm
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He jests but there are postmen on some cruise ships that wear a special uniform and everything.

Maybe he's the head postman.

>> No. 13367 Anonymous
12th February 2020
Wednesday 10:06 pm
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I've gotten myself promoted to a management position because I did well at interview. My issue is that I've skipped a level in my career and in my current role have been doing technical work where it has not been possible for me to experiment managing apprentices (nor have I received management training).

This will therefore be my first experience in line management and I will be managing people who sit at my current level in a different area. Can any of you provide advice on being a good manager? I'd hate to break someone or have my incompetence exposed.
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>> No. 13368 Anonymous
12th February 2020
Wednesday 10:58 pm
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Think of the good and bad qualities you have observed in your own managers over the years. Shape your behaviour accordingly.

Personally, I think the most important quality is to be that manager who just gets things done. People will put up with a range of personalities and management styles so long as they know that if they come to you with anything, it'll get sorted and sorted fast.
>> No. 13369 Anonymous
12th February 2020
Wednesday 11:45 pm
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I've only managed a shop full of spod teenagers, unless you count running a band as a form of management, but I can only say this:

Manage pragmatically.

By that I mean, don't be that cunt who expects people to just try harder because you tell them to, or expect them to deliver deadlines because you said so. That isn't how people work and never will be in a million billion years. What you instead have to do is give tasks to the people who are most likely to do them, you have to give people the jobs they hate the least, that sort of thing. Your job is minimising friction, not cracking the whip.

The best sort of managers are the ones who are good at observing their people and sussing out what their actual strengths and weaknesses are, and working around it with a bit of give and take. The worst sort of managers are the ones who prioritise petty bullshit like reprimanding someone for being five minutes late, over expending their effort on something that actually makes a difference to your team's outcomes.

>> No. 13352 Anonymous
7th February 2020
Friday 4:20 pm
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Any of you lads Teachers?

I'm tempted by the immediate money I can get by selling myself to the profession for one or two years, without really comitting myself to the suicide inducing career for life.

I'm looking to relocate to London and take up training.
Any advice?
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>> No. 13362 Anonymous
8th February 2020
Saturday 1:52 am
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>So what is it teachers hate so much about being teachers?

80% of them are dossers and inadequates who can't really cope with the real world. Like OP, they had no real desire to teach, they just fell into it because they had a middling degree and no real plan or ambition for what they want to do in life. Some of them do figure it out and fuck off after a couple of years, but some of them get stuck and become increasingly frustrated and embittered.

The remaining 20% are genuinely passionate about teaching, but they're stuck in a totally dysfunctional environment with a bunch of people who don't really give a shit.

>> No. 13363 Anonymous
8th February 2020
Saturday 8:02 am
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I find the career teacher a very weird idea. You go through primary secondary college and university and back to school. It seems like an insidious loop where at no point are you exposed to the 'outside world'. And I mean that in the least snobbish way. But if you have no understanding of what the world is like for people outside the institution how could you possibly prepare people for it?

I probably have a personal bias of hating piss poor teaching and a concern of it fucking peoples futures up. My education at school was shit. The secondary school I was at is being disbanded. And as a personal act of vengeance on my application to colleges one of the teachers wrote the single line statement 'not suitable for A-levels'. I dropped out of IT before GCSE at said school and now work as a developer something I discovered by accident I had a passion and talent for and had to self teach long after formal education. So please OP don't become a teacher unless you actually give a shit about improving Children's chances in life.
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8th February 2020
Saturday 5:06 pm
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Facebook wants me to teach, apparently.
>> No. 13365 Anonymous
11th February 2020
Tuesday 1:45 am
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OP here.

To fill out my profile a little more, I'm an overqualified bar manager, having worked up from the bar staff job I got at Uni. While I appreciate teaching may be shit, from my perspective I already care for children; just intoxicated ones who somehow still retain the franchise.
I hate my job, replacing it with a higher paying job I may hate equally really isn't much of a problem for me.

Thanks for the advice lads, having talked it over IRL I've decided to still get this application in, but keeping an eye on other opportunities.

I've put up with worse.
>> No. 13366 Anonymous
11th February 2020
Tuesday 6:16 pm
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Good luck lad - hope it works out for you and you should pursue what makes you tick.

That said, is there nothing else that tickles your fancy?

>> No. 13339 Anonymous
2nd January 2020
Thursday 3:41 pm
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I've been looking at PhD studentships in that London. The stipends seem ludicrously low for living there.

What sort of life, if any, can you afford for £17,000 - £18,000 in London? Is there some other common source of funding that I'm missing?
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>> No. 13346 Anonymous
2nd January 2020
Thursday 9:04 pm
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I think you've got the nail on the head there, mate. I'm currently doing my Master's full-time but found the hours to
also work part time 50%, and am just about making ends meet. Though I live in an "interesting" city, I really haven't had much of a chance to enjoy it since blowing through my savings.

There's something especially suffocating about a lack of money, knowing you can't even pop into a cafe and get a coffee.

Problem is, my field is really very much concentrated in London. The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is something of a Mecca for my kind of research, though there is also Oxford and Liverpool.
>> No. 13347 Anonymous
2nd January 2020
Thursday 9:10 pm
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StAndrews is ludicrously expensive to live in considering it's in the arse end of nowhere. All foreign money and tourism and student housing demands piled into one tiny town.
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3rd January 2020
Friday 12:14 am
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It's tax free mate.
>> No. 13350 Anonymous
3rd January 2020
Friday 1:49 pm
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It does say something and I agree. I moved from a very cosy 30k job in the north where I had a huge flat, a car, and I was bored every weekend. Nothing really happens that stimulated me in the same way it does here. Also, if you're in your 20s, no kids, and can wait a few years to settle into mundane boredom where the neighbours getting an unsightly new door colour is the big talk then what do you have to lose by trying it?

In many ways despite earning more money, my quality of life has shrunk massively, but I'm still happier and London is popular for a reason as I said. These people aren't desperate to get to Doncaster.

I don't want to turn this into a London cunt off but I spent years avoiding London because of the same types of comments I'd see online like in this thread that made me feel I'd be miserable and unhappy. It's the complete opposite, £1.50 on a bus and there's always something happening.

I'm soon gonna be hitting that 50k+ mark and i know for a fact I would dream of hitting it in my 40s if I was not in London, so you have to factor in that cost of living accounts for the fact there are many more high paid jobs.

Lad - get on spareroom, ask on /r/askuk for other PHD students doing similar and see what it realistically looks like and be honest with yourself about what sort of luxuries you can and can't live without.
>> No. 13351 Anonymous
3rd January 2020
Friday 2:30 pm
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> Also, if you're in your 20s, no kids, and can wait a few years to settle into mundane boredom where the neighbours getting an unsightly new door colour is the big talk then what do you have to lose by trying it?

Absolutely. Having been born there I always encouraged people to give London a try at least once in their 20s but (at least for me) once I hit my thirties and became a bit of a boring cunt the cost/benefit ratio stopped paying off. I was happier to have a bit more money in my pocket and be able to spend it on eating out and foreign travel.


If it's tax free then it's plausible if you flatshare and scrimp a bit as others have said. Good luck, lad.

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>> No. 13326 Anonymous
20th December 2019
Friday 8:12 am
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Remember, lads. If you want a decent pay rise you'll most likely have to change jobs.

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>> No. 13332 Anonymous
20th December 2019
Friday 8:13 pm
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This strategy worked for me. Did it twice in the past 18 months, and clearly things weren't working. Got 20% going into the first, 10% out of there and into the second, and 25% out of there and into somewhere decent. Throw in the raise I received in the job I had before that, and in two years my pay has gone up 65%.
>> No. 13333 Anonymous
20th December 2019
Friday 8:39 pm
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That'll learn you for trying to help people.
>> No. 13334 Anonymous
20th December 2019
Friday 9:03 pm
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As someone who worked in the NHS in a very much not frontline area, pay is a perennial problem. Management would wonder why the we were always suffering the same old problems that were getting us constantly slated. The thought that pay points were pathetic compared to the market and therefore the only people suitably qualified that were applying were internal candidates. Anyone that was actually competent was leaving.
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20th December 2019
Friday 9:18 pm
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Yeah, in our line of work you can easily change jobs every few years without it hurting your CV at all - improving it even. The problem comes as you get older, have families, and don't feel like jumping on the recruitment merry-go-round every two years.
>> No. 13337 Anonymous
21st December 2019
Saturday 11:39 pm
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Thanks. Between 2010 and 2015 my pay only went up from £15,000 to £20,000 but since then it has more than doubled. It's amazing what difference a bit of experience and self belief can do.

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