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Dr Jack
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Message 1 of 18 (632013)
09-05-2011 8:58 AM


This Friday will be my last ever day as a Games Programmer. I was feeling kind and I handed in my notice today rather than leaving it to the last minute so it's all signed and sealed now. Ten years of my life will shortly become nothing more than a memory, and my earnings will fall off a cliff and probably never make it back up again.
A week today I start an MSc in Molecular Genetics at the University of Leicester.
If only I could find a buyer for my house in Coventry all would be well with the world!

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RAZD
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Message 2 of 18 (632015)
09-05-2011 9:03 AM
Reply to: Message 1 by Dr Jack
09-05-2011 8:58 AM


Good luck, Mr Jack.
Sometimes you need to jump off a cliff to reach greater heights.
Enjoy

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Panda
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Message 3 of 18 (632025)
09-05-2011 10:56 AM
Reply to: Message 1 by Dr Jack
09-05-2011 8:58 AM


I have completely changed my 'life' several times and each time it proved to be a very worthwhile change.
I hope your new experiences will be just as fulfilling.
p.s. I've been to Coventry. You can keep the house.
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Taz
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Message 4 of 18 (632034)
09-05-2011 11:51 AM
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09-05-2011 8:58 AM


I know what you mean, mate. I've changed my life several times, too. The last time I did that my salary dove off a cliff, too. And I'm stil anxiously waiting for the big 30.

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CosmicChimp
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09-05-2011 12:58 PM
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09-05-2011 8:58 AM


I admire your intestinal fortitude. How old are you, if I may ask?

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Larni
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Message 6 of 18 (632046)
09-05-2011 1:09 PM
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09-05-2011 8:58 AM


Good for you, mate!
10 years ago I quit my job and moved from Oxford to Plymouth and all of my belongings fit into one car.
I've never looked back.
Best of luck with the MSc; stick to schedule and you'll be fine.

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Taz
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Message 7 of 18 (632065)
09-05-2011 2:10 PM
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09-05-2011 8:58 AM


Just curious, are you married? I know that having a supportive loved one really helps. For instance, my wife was really supportive when I quit my job as a cop to pursue something else. Perhaps she saw how miserable I was with that job. Hey, she's a professional therapist, so I got therapized for free

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Dr Jack
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Message 8 of 18 (632073)
09-05-2011 2:34 PM
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09-05-2011 12:58 PM


I'm 34.

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RAZD
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Message 9 of 18 (632075)
09-05-2011 2:37 PM
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09-05-2011 2:34 PM


Hi Mr Jack
I'm 34.
That's about the age I was when I chucked a lucrative profession\career to embark on a new less lucrative but more fulfilling one, traveling from the west coast to the east coast in the process, with family in tow.
Enjoy.

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GDR
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Message 10 of 18 (632080)
09-05-2011 3:09 PM
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09-05-2011 8:58 AM


Mr Jack writes:
A week today I start an MSc in Molecular Genetics at the University of Leicester.
From my non-academic perspective that sounds incredibly intimidating.
I was one of those that really enjoyed my career and haven't regretted my choices. My choice was from age 19 on, was to focus on my career which didn't involve academia. However as I've gotten older, and older , and older, I really miss having the breadth of knowledge of the majority of people on this forum. (In some ways this forum is my later in life university course. )
It looks like you are getting the best of it all. You'll become more knowledgeable, move into a line of work that interests you more and frankly be able to contribute more to society.
Good for you
Cheers
Greg otherwise known as GDR

Everybody is entitled to my opinion.

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Granny Magda
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Message 11 of 18 (632090)
09-05-2011 3:43 PM
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09-05-2011 8:58 AM


Hi Mr J,
You're moving to Leicester and life is good? You are an optimist!
Then again, you are moving from Coventry. You'll find life here in Leicester much the same only with marginally fewer ugly concrete buildings.
Enjoy your studies!
Mutate and Survive

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Stile
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Message 12 of 18 (632235)
09-06-2011 2:01 PM
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09-05-2011 8:58 AM


Mr Jack writes:
This Friday will be my last ever day as a Games Programmer.
Are you able to say what games you have been a part of? Any big mainstream ones?
Can you tell me when Diablo III will be out?
A week today I start an MSc in Molecular Genetics at the University of Leicester.
Nice. Good luck, and have fun.

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Taz
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Message 13 of 18 (654092)
02-26-2012 8:45 PM


A little update on my life
Didn't want to start another thread, so I'll just hijack someone else's thread on career LOL.
So, a quick recap of my life. Started out working in research. Then moved on to IT. Got really depressed with IT so I switched to law enforcement and worked for a while as a state trooper. Another career change and went to engineering, which is what I am now. I think I'm finally happy and will be sticking with this for a while. Working on a foundation project for a client right now, actually.
Just got word that I just got hired by another company I tried to get in. They'll be heading a bridge project near Chicago. I'm excited and can't wait to be part of the team.
Now, if you look at my work history, you will notice that I did lab work, office work, and out in the highway work. I guess I've spent years trying to find a happy medium where I can be in the office part of the time and out there in the real world part of the time. That's what I'll be doing.
Now, let's hope republicans don't get voted in anytime soon. I got insider info that there will be massive layoffs of engineers if republicans get a hold of power again. Their only goal seems to be to lower taxes for the rich, so they will cut spendings on infrastructure.
Oh, and the wife got her professional license last year, so she's been working full time as a therapist. So, I guess things are coming together for us.
And somehow, I haven't hit the big 30 yet LOL. Will be soon, though. Man, I'll be an oldie in a few months. Depressing...
Edited by Taz, : No reason given.

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Taz
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Message 14 of 18 (654093)
02-26-2012 8:51 PM
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09-05-2011 3:09 PM


GDR writes:
My choice was from age 19 on...
See, this is the complete opposite of me. I''m not even 30 yet and I've been through several very different career paths. From academia to IT to law enforcement to engineering. And you settled with one from age 19? That's crazy.

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RAZD
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Message 15 of 18 (654104)
02-26-2012 9:48 PM
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02-26-2012 8:45 PM


Re: A little update on my life
Hi Taz
Congrats, good luck. Don't envy you living near Chicago, although I've had several friends manage it. I used to be an engineer before becoming a designer.
Enjoy

we are limited in our ability to understand
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to share.


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