Pretty self explanatory really, leave as much detail as you wish. Feel free to give a background or a story as well. Just keen to see what fellow fever-ites do to make a buck.
I'll start the ball rolling.
I work for Nexans in New Plymouth. Started out in extrusion making TPS cable which is the stuff in the walls and ceilings that makes your lights and appliances and wall sockets work. I did that for almost two years before moving to our MV line which makes a range of cables supporting heavy industry both here and abroad, making cable ranging from 11kV to 33kV. Probably the best job I've ever had, having been in hospitality, banking and a former machine operator previously (in that order).
Decent pay and benefits and a solid amount of work in the pipeline.
Of course if anyone wants to know anything else, feel free to ask. 😎
Okay I'm well aware of supply chain issues and materials are just causing havoc left right and centre at the moment. I work in inventory and logistics at an east coast branch of the blue logo'd French owned electrical wholesaler in NZ and not the green and black logo'd French owned electrical wholesaler in NZ, and would be remiss if I didn't ask: what's the inside scoop on 1.5mm 3C+E Blue TPS? Have tried everyone Prysmian, Nexans, Maser all on backorder for months. At the end of last year we managed to get three drums transferred from another branch and a literal fight broke out in the store between the various aircon boys over who gets to claim them.
Love your work though. We've been going through 16mm single core and 25mm three core neutral screen like nobodies business at the moment and you guys absolutely suss us out so easy, and always so helpful and pleasant to deal with. Makes my job a breeze. I imagine it's been pretty hectic for you guys in the current situation. Really hoping to get to do a tour of the Nexans factory one day.
I'm an A/V installation Tech by trade was doing that over in the Pacific Islands when covid hit and had just had a baby so we had to come home to NZ. Decided to move to Gisborne hoping it would be a lot cheaper to live instead of going back to Auckland. Was real hard to find decent work at first but after a year in the packhouse nightshift and bartending I am glad to have settled into some AV and Data "adjacent" work. Pretty tempted to take the plunge and start an electrical apprenticeship though. I really miss being on the tools.
Rexel? Umm so you're right about the supply chain side of things. We were waiting ages on backorders for components that go into making our own PVC, purely because the ships were sitting out at sea and not being unloaded. That and from memory we use a resin that came out of Louisiana/Alabama (somewhere in that vicinity) but the factory that made it was destroyed or badly damaged in a hurricane or tornado or some wind related nonsense. So we went with someone else but it didn't stack up. These issues dragged on from latter part of 2020 till maybe August 2021.
But essentially everything comes down to the fact that we are 'behind' on so much. We can make so many million metres of TPS a year, and it still is not enough. I know the 3c 1.5mm + E is used extensively by guys doing aircon installations/work but the reality is that it's not an overly common job, like we'll maybe do 1-2 jobs of it a week. Not much in the scheme of things when we supply nationwide.
The problem with Covid too is that a lot of countries are now nationalizing resources (like Copper/Aluminium etc) so you're fighting with other businesses, sometimes government backed (I'll let you figure that one out 🤔) just to get your raw materials, prices shoot through the roof and priorities have to be made. So yeah it's just a bit of a funny old time at the moment. We're run off our feet though, so I guess that's a good thing...
Anyway, hope that helps. And best of luck getting some of the blue stuff. 😉
I grew up planning to be a volcanologist and did a lot of study leading up to wat i thought would be a PHD and job in the field, but at 18 I got a scholarship to study Japanese and ended up getting a degree in Japanese and International Relations. After a year of teaching at intermediate aged level (occasionally helping at primary schools) I decided I preferred to teach younger kids. I moved in Osaka City and started working at a preschool. Now I am the principal of the preschool and love my job. Do get offers to translate in the professional Rugby comp here and it something I've looked at (great money) but after 13 years still working with preschool kids.
bit scared to say where I work, but essentially I have forged a career as a banker for business/risk advisor/ and now plying my financial trade at ACC. Hard to explain but effectively helping business' with their levies and making sure they are levied correctly and accurately.
great fun to teach them, very different and much stricter to NZ style of teaching but it amazing seeing these kids grow up. Some of the kids I have taught are university students now, and they still remember me and are happy to see me. stressful but rewarding job.
I'm onto my 3rd career actually. First I worked in the health and disability sector, making my way from caregiver to manager of a facility. Then I moved on to HR/Operations mainly working in the cultural heritage sector. Having grown really unhappy with my position, I chose to go back to uni and do a one year conversion master, studying software development. You can actually still find my post in the Off Topic section of the forum asking people what they thought about the idea of me going back to uni.
Currently employed as a Database Engineer and loving my new (and hopefully final!) career.
Just as well you didn't take that role in Melbs NZP, and in head into the world's longest lockdown. The wife probably wouldn't have been happy!
Great city to live though, if you ever spy another opportunity in a post Covid world. I lived there for 6 years. Plenty of Italian culture for yah.
Wasn't sure whether to post here, but what the hell. I grew up on a Rapa farm (earlier another farm in North Canterbury), and sort of naturally studied Agriculture Science across the Tararuas at Massey, as the farm life was all I really knew. Before Uni, my parents had taken the whanau to Wellington once! Proper old hill billies.
My first job post uni was 3 years at the Taranaki Regional Council (soil conservation) driving around the Naki, encouraging farmers to plan trees. Still my favourite ever job on a whooping $25,000 a year in the mid 1990's.
But then a 3 year London OE with lots of travel changed everything, including truly loving the beautiful game. A taste of 'big' city life, and so followed a stint at the Dairy Board (ole Pastoral House) and then a switch to banking (lending) and ChCh-Welly again-Melbs and finally Brisvegas.
But my real passion was travelling, so forever scheming on how to escape the 9-5 grind. Motivated by being surrounded by so many miserable souls in the banking sector, and not wanting a 30-40 year sad career like them. So started some property stuff on the side both in NZ (with an old uni mate) and in Aus (my brother is a builder in Brisbane).
And in 2017 was fortunate enough to sort of semi retire, and say bye to the 3 saveloys (my employer of 10 years). And yeah not having a wife & kids I know was a big part of that, as I'm a bit of a tight arse, and can live pretty cheap if need be! But I'd rather be like that, and have the freedom I do, than stuck in a career/job that makes me unhappy. And each year my income goes up a bit. Main dinero source is a QLD home on Airbnb.
I'm lucky to be where I'm at now, but it took 10+ years of hard work. A year not owning a TV, working late at night (got to know the Brazilian night cleaner well at my last ever bank job etc etc) - but if you are truly motivated & determined it can be done. A lot of people have really cool, interesting jobs, and in a way I envy them. I never really found a career I was hugely passionate about.
But alot of folks are stuck in jobs where they are unhappy, even downright miserable. It don't need to be that way.
Teacher/Deputy Principal at a lovely school in Cambridge, although I live in Gordonton/Hamilton.
I teacher a Yr5/6 class 4 days a week and do admin on the other. Really enjoy teaching, so much so, I don't know if I want to become a principal which is the next "professional step". Prior to lockdown I also worked as a consultant for the International Baccalaureate Organisation, which offers international programs. Go to travel the world and work with really passionate teachers and leaders which was cool, and something I miss.
Not really looking forward to this year though with Covid and all, with all the rules we have to work within, it's going to throw up some interesting challenges.
Keep it coming guys/gals. Some really interesting careers that have been built around the place, and a few globetrotters and those that have been fortunate enough to see a bit of the world as well. Good to see a good amount of teachers in amongst it here too. Lord knows we need more of them around the traps.
Grew up in Wellington, thus I will always support the Nix. Trained and worked in construction management until venturing overseas in my mid 20's. Ending up travelling and working in the ski industry chasing winters. Spent quite a lot of time in japan, so appreciate previous posts. (Lived in Osaka for six months and loved it there). Eventual settled down in Central Otago. Coaching my kids in football renewed my passion for the game. Spent many years coaching girls football and futsal in Wanaka. Eventually left the tourism industry and went back to construction and work as an Architectural Designer. Often consider moving back to Wellington, but there is plenty of work down here at the moment its easier to stay. Generally get away each year to go see a Nix game or two live.
Yes, I got really lucky in the end. I actually interviewed for a job in Darwin as well just as Covid started to take hold. I think it was Dec 19. The pay was absurd. Like $AU100k for an assistant manager role at a museum. Luckily I was overqualified and they ultimately selected someone else. I can only imagine how things might have turned out if I had ended up in NT (or Mel) with the weather and the lockdowns... Yours is such an interesting story. I can relate to the passion for travelling and the enjoyment of living a minimalistic, within your means life. Some of those things somehow go out the window when you start a family, but my wife and I haven't ruled out the idea of upping sticks and being digital nomads once the world goes back to normal. I'd love to move somewhere very quiet like Portugal, rural Canada, some Pacific or Caribbean island and either work remotely or rent out the house and live off the income... Well done you mate. Unlike many who just carry on through the grind, you carved yourself a space to do what you like and live your best life. Outstanding.
Thanks, and Oaxaca where I am now is fill of Digital Nomads. It's a cool Spanish colonial city with a Spring all year round climate, of about 700,000 (feels a lot smaller). It's the only non capital city that features on this great Netflix show. https://www.netflix.com/title/81249660
There are Americans & Canadians in droves here. Escaping their winters and Covid restrictions. Some of the younger ones especially could be more respectful of the Covid restrictions here in Mexico, but mostly the Mexicans are happy to have their tourist industry back humming.
There is even a chain of up market hostels through Mexico, Central & South America called Selina, that caters to the Digital Nomad market with a co working space in each hostel, free morning yoga etc. I think Selina is also now in Europe & Asia. Bali is another destination with lots of DNs.
It's a life not for everyone, and yeah a lot harder when you have kids - but not impossible.
Another teacher here, well retired actually, but still do relieving when needed at the school I was at for 35 years. Enjoyed teaching year 7 & 8 kids the best. They are getting to know themselves and how they relate to the world and of course are going through all the fun of puberty. Loved reading to the kids, class singing ( a repertoire of classics from Elvis through to Crowded House), sports. Organised the school football club and loved to see the kids develop and lots of girls playing. Used to drive up to Auckland and support the Kingz, then the Knights. Could never understand why Aucklanders didn't turn up in decent numbers when it was so available. Appreciate Wellington taking on the football for the country. Go the Phoenix!
Ahh the good old days. I remember as a kid living in East Auckland (Not GI, further east...) And Kingz players and staff would turn up to primary/intermediate school giving away free tickets and prizes and giveaways and all that lot. Still they couldn't buy a trick.
Then the Knights came about and that was an hour trek across the shore and back. Still thankful to Hardnews (if he's still around these parts) for taking me out those ways as a wide eyed teen, who was at a cross roads between choosing egg ball and football (Football won 😎) haven't looked back since. And I still remember all the old names that still circulate around these forums today from when I used to run the old NZKFC forums!
I wonder what has happened to a lot of the old crew. I loosely keep in touch with a couple, mainly via LinkedIn as I don't have social media, and occasionally run into Greenie at the odd match or Boxy... But no idea where Hard News is these days
I'm mainly studying for med school, but my contracting work involves being the managing editor for New Zealand and the Wellington Phoenix on FIFA 22 (player ratings, upkeep etc.) and working on the New Zealand Football Manager database. I'm 21 now, but all my work since 16 or so has involved football in some capacity.
The time may be coming to step aside and focus on more secure part-time employment while I study, but I've absolutely enjoyed every second I've spent in football so who knows! A lot of unique job opportunities are open for me now
I still recognize a lot of names from that time. The ones that have been around since day dot in terms of the Phoenix becoming a club and the formation of the Yellow Fever are the ones that I recall the most. Although I'm sure there are others floating around under different iterations/pseudonyms.
If anyone knows where Hardnews is at these days, give him a shout from me. See if he can recall those lofty times of the New Zealand Knights days. 😆😆😆
In my spare time I also try to follow up all the comings and goings of New Zealanders in this part of the world and further afield - tracking and updating performances, club information and player movements when I can through transfermarkt. So apologies to anyone if I'm too quick in beating them to the punch if they do the same. 😅
Dave has been an integral part of YF in Wellington, but because of no home games, I haven't seen him for a couple of years. He did give me a Kingz keyring at a game in Welly, which I carry round with me.
I currently work as an immigration consultant here in Australia focusing on student visas and people who are going from student visas to domestic visas. I did this in NZ as well for a few years and i am proud to say i have worked with a few of our current players in securing visas to Australia during this Covid period =) so doing my bit to help the club =)
What an interesting thread. Detoxin, I've been hanging round you in the english football threads for years and am so surprised to see you are in Japan and have had such an interesting career! Lots of interesting careers in here actually, pretty cool seeing what people do. For the record I am a programme manager in IT, previously a project manager, before that a business analyst, in and around different software systems mostly. For a while I was project managing AV installation programmes, so I was quite interested to see a couple of guys talking technical cabling etc! And yes, the supply chain is an absolute shambles! Currently attempting to start up a bitcoin consultancy type business. Very early doors but I have high hopes of moving into it fulltime and quitting working for the man!
Serious question. Is an average person going to be able to make any money by investing in bitcoin? My wife and I have been looking at buying an investment property for a while but A) don't feel too good about it as there are lots of Kiwis who don't own their first home yet and B) it's not really been easy given the competition.
I've been thinking about investing a little bit in bitcoin and or the stock market but I'm so risk averse that I haven't been able to seriously even think about it
If you are 'very risk adverse' avoid anything crypto related, including bitcoin and NFT's... unless it's a small part of your portfolio and overall strategy.
No one can answer for sure your question if 'the average person is going to able to make any money by investing in bitcoin' - investing in bitcoin can also mean many things.
But if you buy bitcoin (or other coins such as ETH) and hold it, with the hope it goes up in value over the time the 'average person' has as much hope as anyone. Where are 'average person' will likely fail is if they try trading, or timing the market with regards to buy/sells, on a platform like Binance (as opposed to just buying and forgetting about it); trading crypto is somethign to avoid unless you really know what you're doing.
It also depends on the time period you're thinking of, personally I strongly believe BTC/ETH will go up in value over the next decade. What it will be doing in 2 months time though - who knows, but it wouldn't shock me if it gains OR loses half it's value; if it loses half it's value I will not care because I don't plan on selling anytime soon. Crypto is volatile, don't buy any if you can't deal with that.
I'm not an expert - and this is not 'financial advice' - but if you're risk adverse I'd think a good idea is spreading your investments over a variety of means (including keeping some in the bank on term deposits, some in shares, etc); and a smaller percentage to riskier ones (e.g crypto). Even within crypto/shares a similar mentality (e.g 80% of your crypto holdings in the bigger coins such as BTC/ETH, 20% on riskier alt coins, etc).
What a sweet idea for a thread Youngheart and thanks for everyone who has shared their work and histories.
I live in the mighty Ngaruawahia and my work is to help a government agency deliver on the Crown’s obligations from treaty settlements. I also help them connect and engage with the communities and community groups.
Prior to that role, my career for 15 years was in the outdoor industry as an instructor, guide, teacher and lecturer. It was never my plan but I got hooked after doing one of those camp america things. Didn't get paid shark for it but absolutely loved it. Though I mainly worked in aussie, I managed to get a few contracts which took me across the world to amazing places with amazing people. Even managed to get work in South Africa from 2009-2010, just so I could see the AW play at the world cup!
I instructed most outdoor pursuits you can think of to a low to medium level. My favourite was always mountain biking and the longer expeditions (trips that are 20 days +).
Re bitcoin - 7-8 years ago, a friend's 13 year old son told me to invest in bitcoin. He did, I didn't. I regret that.
No worries mate. Just thought it'd be interesting to see what everyone gets up to and the walks of life everyone comes from and how we all put bread on the table.
Different careers and jobs on here for sure. I started the thread not long after I got a promotion at work and then started thinking of the long term - like where do I see myself in 5-10-20 years. For reference the nickname our work has is the 'retirement village' because you start working there and a majority of the guys have been there longer than I've been alive! My immediate bosses have been there 37 & 40 years respectively... (I'm a spring chicken in that place at 33). So I look at things like that and it gives me confidence in the long term - especially with the electrification of the world really ramping up - Think/Solar farms, electric cars on the up and up and the fact that after all this three waters stuff that's been going on in the background, I'll put money on it that this country's electricity grid will need to undergo a massive overhaul in the coming decades.
Speaking of shares and all that too. Nexans trading between €82-€88 a pop but a lot of markets & analysts reckon that's about 40-50% under what would be a fair price for the shares. Just a friendly bit of information for anyone looking for some value out there. 🤫
Thanks for the replies all. Great read this thread is so far. 👍