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08-08-2012, 05:44 PM
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I work as an office agent for a city, which covers a wide range of thing

i'm also, on the side, a writer (tv shows, comedian material, radio shows in the past, some web series) And i've been to École Nationale de L'humour a loooooong time ago

I also gamble

i also am Batman

As you can see, a pretty busy life....

And to say i was accepted as a law student.... life is full of surprises....

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I'm guessing that you're an electrical engineer ?
I'd say Mechanical.

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Materials Engineering in manufacturing. Some of the things I've worked on the LHC supercollider, mars rover that just landed and now work in the outdoor industry making stoves, tents, snowshoes, mattresses, hydration which is alot of fun.

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08-08-2012, 06:01 PM
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I was enrolled in a graduate program studying world history but switched to science when I was awarded a fellowship (I had taken science courses as an undergraduate, so I wasn't totally unprepared. Between the two I compiled about 70 graduate credits. I was unable to complete my PhD program because of financial pressure. I've made my living as a writer, primarily on science and medicine. I had many articles published and I co-authored a book that was in print for about 20 years. I retired about 2 years ago. I'm writing my autobiography so that my grandchildren can learn about their roots. I've gotten as far as 2005. I'm also working on the fictional memoirs of an octogenarian who would like to continue his sex life indefinitely. It isn't hard core pornography and it's leavened with humor as well as comments on science and politics. My older son couldn't care less but my younger son warned me that if I ever published or self-published it I would be ostracized. I've traveled to Europe 16 times, North Africa twice, and South America once. I'd like to see more of the world if I'm able to afford it. On my last two trips (to St. Petersburg and Prague) I was accompanied by my much younger girlfriend (who was often assumed to be my daughter). My wife died many years and I brought up my sons as a single parent. Both are well educated and are in stable marriages.

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I am an electrical engineer. I work in power distribution. Basically I find ways to get people safe, reliable power. Make sure everything meets ESA regulations and answer questions that any of the technologists may have.

Used to work in the automotive sector doing robotics and controls. Then dabbled in renewable energies.

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I work as an office agent for a city, which covers a wide range of thing

i'm also, on the side, a writer (tv shows, comedian material, radio shows in the past, some web series) And i've been to École Nationale de L'humour a loooooong time ago

I also gamble

i also am Batman

As you can see, a pretty busy life....

And to say i was accepted as a law student.... life is full of surprises....
I'M Batman..........................

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I was enrolled in a graduate program ... On my last two trips (to St. Petersburg and Prague) I was accompanied by my much younger girlfriend (who was often assumed to be my daughter). My wife died many years and I brought up my sons as a single parent. Both are well educated and are in stable marriages.
Prague rocks. I've been there twice, once by train about 5 years ago, when my wife and I were living in Leipzig, and once in my mid-thirties, about 13 years ago, when I was unmarried (I married at 41), prior to Czech Republic joining the EU. That first time, I was crossing one of the pedestrian bridges when I ran into Vaclav Havel, being interviewed by a hot female journalist, and protected by two very large bodyguards.

Edit: I've run into hockey heroes a few times, but Havel was a bona fide political hero, who had a hand in changing the political map.

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08-08-2012, 06:18 PM
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I was enrolled in a graduate program studying world history but switched to science when I was awarded a fellowship (I had taken science courses as an undergraduate, so I wasn't totally unprepared. Between the two I compiled about 70 graduate credits. I was unable to complete my PhD program because of financial pressure. I've made my living as a writer, primarily on science and medicine. I had many articles published and I co-authored a book that was in print for about 20 years. I retired about 2 years ago. I'm writing my autobiography so that my grandchildren can learn about their roots. I've gotten as far as 2005. I'm also working on the fictional memoirs of an octogenarian who would like to continue his sex life indefinitely. It isn't hard core pornography and it's leavened with humor as well as comments on science and politics. My older son couldn't care less but my younger son warned me that if I ever published or self-published it I would be ostracized. I've traveled to Europe 16 times, North Africa twice, and South America once. I'd like to see more of the world if I'm able to afford it. On my last two trips (to St. Petersburg and Prague) I was accompanied by my much younger girlfriend (who was often assumed to be my daughter). My wife died many years and I brought up my sons as a single parent. Both are well educated and are in stable marriages.
no need for an autobiography then, it's all in there :p

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Much obliged old chap!

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I'm an engineer and I cannot find anything in my field because of my lack of contacts. So, it's not that easy as you make it sound.
I guess the grass is always greener elsewere... :/ The hardest part is finding a first job, you can't do jack **** without experience and you can't get experience without a decent job. My brother is a physics engineer and keeps saying how awesome it is altho he also had a job right away when he finished school and that was 10 years ago.

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08-08-2012, 06:25 PM
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I work for BMW Canada as a warranty admin/audits for eastern canada.

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I work for BMW Canada as a warranty admin/audits for eastern canada.
When I was living in Leipzig, I had a chance to visit their plant.
http://www.bmw-plant-leipzig.com/lei.../en/index.html

It was bad-*ss.

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Prague rocks. I've been there twice, once by train about 5 years ago, when my wife and I were living in Leipzig, and once in my mid-thirties, about 13 years ago, when I was unmarried (I married at 41), prior to Czech Republic joining the EU. That first time, I was crossing one of the pedestrian bridges when I ran into Vaclav Havel, being interviewed by a hot female journalist, and protected by two very large bodyguards.
I was there twice, in 2001 and 2011. I don't speak Czech but I took the trouble to learn the pronunciation. The public address announcer gets Plekanec right, unpopular as his way of saying it is with the Bell Centre crowd. I took in much of the city. It was fun getting lost and coming upon interesting old cobblestoned streets. Prague was fortunate in not being heavily bombed in World War II. Oh yes, Havel was reputed to be a lady's man. I assume your encounter with him was on the Karlovy Most (Charles Bridge).

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When I was living in Leipzig, I had a chance to visit their plant.
http://www.bmw-plant-leipzig.com/lei.../en/index.html

It was bad-*ss.
your one lucky dude, that place is really special, one of a kind. We need a statement car, put all the doubters to rest, they are the best cars in the world.

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your one lucky dude, that place is really special, one of a kind. We need a statement car, put all the doubters to rest, they are the best cars in the world.
I could never afford a BMW, so I'll have to take your word for it. But why do you think so?

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your one lucky dude, that place is really special, one of a kind. We need a statement car, put all the doubters to rest, they are the best cars in the world.
I, ahem, bike to work, so I can't actually speak knowledgeably about recent models. In a past life (the early part of my career that spanned industry), I was CAE's Field Service Rep to KLM, and lived in Amsterdam, during which time I rented a 316i. I drove like an idiot back then, and the superb brakes on this thing saved a cyclist's life, and me from manslaughter charges.

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I was there twice, in 2001 and 2011. I don't speak Czech but I took the trouble to learn the pronunciation. The public address announcer gets Plekanec right, unpopular as his way of saying it is with the Bell Centre crowd. I took in much of the city. It was fun getting lost and coming upon interesting old cobblestoned streets. Prague was fortunate in not being heavily bombed in World War II. Oh yes, Havel was reputed to be a lady's man. I assume your encounter with him was on the Karlovy Most (Charles Bridge).
Yep, Karlovy Most. Yep, chicks dig writers. How else to explain Salman Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi? Is that why you're doing it?

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It must really be difficult to wean yourself from being an English teacher in Japan, which is a bit of an exalted status. A lot of those teachers never make the return trip, it seems. I lived there 5 years, doing research in Tsukuba. I think that I was the original Japan-based expat on these boards, when my username was JapanMontrealExpat.
Yeah, definitely. Amazing how many places the title "sensei" ("legit" teacher, not just "instructor", like at most language schools, or whatever) gets you into that "regular" people can't. Also awesome being in the public school system in a small resort town (Kinosaki) as opposed to just teaching adult ESL classes in a big city, or whatever. Once I became fluent out there, on top of my drinking stamina, status as an assistant coach of various sports teams, and playing in a band, I definitely achieved some sort of "legend" status. Being somewhat unique was definitely fun, and living in a small resort town made it really easy to meet lots of cool people passing through.

And you know what, I almost didn't make the return trip. I was lined up to take over a friend's contract teaching business English at Kyoto University, and had started dating this really cool (and pretty much Eigo pera-pera, if you follow) girl I'd known for a while. BUT, then my sister got pregnant with my first nephew, and my father and uncle made plans to go up to PEI and rebuild our cottage there (figured if I'm ending up on the deed some day, I better help out, lol), and I had a lot of friends in cool places that I met over there (but left sooner than I), and I never actually left Asia once during my 5+ years there (explored everything between Saipan to the East, and Thailand to the West), so when my JET contract expired (I was one of the first to enjoy the new 5 year extended limit ) I had lots of excuses to finally catch back up for a bit with my life outside Japan.

Just happened to work out that, after getting back from my post-JET travels, one of my best friends back here opened a new bike shop, and needed someone to manage it for him. Still hoping I make it back, and would ideally work the university circuit until retirement there, but having lots of fun here for now, so... it'll probably take me a few more years, lol.

Looking at your username, I feel like we've either had, or almost had, this conversation before... What were you researching in Tsukuba? And how much are you glad you're not still there? Like, for real. Never made it to much of inland Ibaraki while I was there. Did you get to travel outside the prefecture very much? I find lots of people in/around Tokyo kind of stay gravitated there. "Why would I go to ______ for _______ when I can just go to (insert area in/around Tokyo)?" seems to become a pretty common mentality at a certain point, haha.

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I could never afford a BMW, so I'll have to take your word for it. But why do you think so?
You could afford one, E46 04-06 3series one of the best most reliable cars ever built can find some nice ones for $11,000-$13,000 and they have rust warranty for 12years, Im gonna sell both my cars as soon as the warranty is up. Why do I think they need to build that car, every manufacture as that useless car and claim they have the fastest, lightest best handling car, but comfort, quietness, all the bells and whistles that the professional guy wants arent there. All of BMW's cars all have the same characteristics, they handle better then most vehicles, good brakes, plenty fast, and they are all very quiet, and to make a vehicle quiet your need weight. I have been over 300kmh in a M5 and M3 and we could easily hold a quiet conversation, I have been close to 300kmh in a ZR1 and we would have to speak quite loudly to understand each other. Thats the difference the vehicle as to be the same from 0-300kmh if you happen to drive an M or 7 series on the autobahn in Germany. Mercedes as a similar vision, but have started developing some nice supercars with their new black series edition cars.

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I work for BMW Canada as a warranty admin/audits for eastern canada.
I could have used you yeeears ago when I still had my 7 series on the road...

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The 4 -7 month thing you mentioned above seems to be true over here as well, been over 2 months since we finished University and only 2 guys out of 40 on my course have jobs at the moment. Every application is overfilled by 10 or 12 times, not fun trying to get a job.
The job search is something you prepare for months even years before you graduate.

During their engineering undergrad, students should be trying to get summer internships, striving to get very good grades, trying to obtain scholarships or awards, networking and making contacts.

Then you should start looking a few weeks before you graduate. Working on your CV and cover letter to the T. Experimenting to find the right formula that works and one that gets the most interviews.

Finally, they should also work on selling themselves during interviews since that's what ultimately lands you the job.

I was fortunate enough to have had 2 jobs waiting for me right before I graduated as well as a 2nd interview. It definitely wasn't easy and very frustrating at times but if you exhaust your resources like I did, someone is bound to bite.

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Yeah, definitely. Amazing how many places the title "sensei" ("legit" teacher, not just "instructor", like at most language schools, or whatever) gets you into that "regular" people can't. Also awesome being in the public school system in a small resort town (Kinosaki) as opposed to just teaching adult ESL classes in a big city, or whatever. Once I became fluent out there, on top of my drinking stamina, status as an assistant coach of various sports teams, and playing in a band, I definitely achieved some sort of "legend" status. Being somewhat unique was definitely fun, and living in a small resort town made it really easy to meet lots of cool people passing through.
Oh man, you must have just racked it up there.

I can't wait for my first 'true' expat experience. I have lived in Rio and Mexico for a bit, but never for a significant amount of time.

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