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I have just passed one of the hardest tests that I have ever had to endure in my life. I am now a CGSB Level II Radiographic Inspector. My job is to develop film in a mobile dark room and interpret the image to a particular code. Basically the ultimate art Director.
I use to work in the advertising world for about 6 years as a Web Developer specializing in Flash, this is how I started coming to QBN. I loved my time working in the industry but left about 4 years ago and have not been able to shake the habit of checking out the Pic of the Day.
I am posting this because when I first got out of the industry I did not know what I was going to do with myself. I felt that I did not have any other skills that would be marketable in other industries.
I had no idea that my current type of job even existed and wanted to let anyone who was frustrated with working in the industry know that there are other options if you decide to jump ship. I have been trying to get this ticket for over 2 years and now that I have it I feel much more secure in my new career.
Has anyone else moved out of the industry, maybe found something that they liked better?
Good for you! Inspiring. I think about it every day..
How old are you? I think I am too old to change careers now.
just turned 36, one of my co-workers got into this field when he was in his early 50's and is fast tracking to a comfortable retirement.
I salute you sir.
What is your job exactly, i dont understand?
- When things are welded they have to follow certain code for flaws and inconsistencies. We take x-rays of welds and make sure there are no flawseryx
- what made you pick this field? -- seems obscureGnash
- For the women.the_reverend
- "Hey baby, I'm a Level II Radiographic Inspector..."the_reverend
- I moved to the oil field and a friend of a friend was doing this and got me started and the ladies.eryx
- Yup, things are pretty slow now but still moving.eryx
- good luck! hope you find a gig soonGnash
- and don't fuck up! I don't wanna see oil spilling everywhere because of youGnash
- Once again, Alberta delivers on the job front! I miss that place...zarkonite
google searches for CGSB Level II Radiographic Inspector jump 5000% today for some reason...
good for you, erxy. thanks for posting.
Great post. Congrats on your new career path!
...And it's cool that you're still checking out QBN, yeah!
Nice story, congrats.
Did you leave because Flash was dying?
How did you find this new field?
Don't forget Chick of the Day too.
Do you have better pay now?
I hate my fucking job every. single. day...
Wish I had the balls to get out
How do you get started in the Radiographic Inspection field? Do they just hire anyone? Are there any health risks?
When it is busy they hire all sorts of people. You can bet when oil is back up to $90 a barrel they are going to be hurting for guys.
You work with radiation so yes very large health risks and lots of safety stuff. You also have to deal with all the dangers of the oil and gas field which is a lot. Also the extreme cold is a bit of a downer.
Last year less than 4km from where I was working a guy got attacked by a cougar and got his ear ripped so you have to be aware of that sort of stuff.
But all in all it is better than dealing with Account managers and Art Directors.
- bahahaha Cougar mauling < dealing with art directors.dorkKn1ght
- I was reading this and thought" he must be Canadian" then I check the profile....yup lol_niko
- < story like that Liam Neeson film, The Grey -- except with cougars instead of wolvesGnash
- Radiation never hurt anyone.BK
Debating this more and more these days.
Approaching 40 and losing the creative drive.
By "Oil Field" you mean ____?
Anyone interested in a new career?
Long hours in dangerous conditions for tons of money?
Not really a creative job but you do take pictures all day.
- I'm interested in the reasons for leaving in the first place ;DArchitectofFate
- does it take 2 years to get the certificate? do you need to move to Alberta? is having a family a detriment?_niko
- sure. I would love to blow this pop-sickle stand :]klar
- moving to Alberta is kind of a deal breaker...pango
- I already live in Alberta, what is it?Mattjanz3n
Just wanted to check in and see how you're doing. Oil and Gas has not been super hot lately but I still am very curious about your new career.
"my post-art plan is opening a grilled cheese cart. it will serve $1 grilled cheese made with white bread, bulk cheese, bulk butter, and thats it. greasy as hell. no options, no artisan, nothing. there will be no change. you give me $5 youre getting 5, you figure your own life out"
- "you give me $5 youre getting 5"
Is the most enlightening thing I've heard in the last decade. Peace be with him.deadsperm
- this is great._niko
- $1 is too easy, should make it $2.49 or something.yuekit
- i want a grilled cheese nowBennn
- Wish he'd join QBNKrassy
- “Do you use salted butter?”HijoDMaite
- “Can I get mine well done?”HijoDMaite
- “How much for double cheese?”HijoDMaite
"you give me $5 youre getting 5, you figure your own life out"deadsperm
- Soup Nazi's new business ventureKrassy
- Equality of outcome.
Socialism is cancer.deadsperm
- i don't have venmo because im not some teenage asshole who vapes lolcolin_s
- gotta sell drinks to wash that down.BabySnakes
- if u left a tip, he'd get offended and kick you out sorta fella.helloeatbreathedrive
- DD is one annoyingly cool motherfucker - great artist, great name (I assume not real), a fucking rock star and witty to boot.
WHAT A CUNT.Nairn
- @helloeatbreathedriv... nah, if you leave a $1 tip, you get another grilled cheese sammich for it. Sort it out, dude! :)Krassy
- Building on the Soup Nazi concept first floated by Seinfeld.shapesalad
- dat photoshop thoughimbecile
- this is pretty much my retirement plan too, to have a food cart :)monospaced
- i have an postal box truck (ice cream truck). I've never once looked at it as a lucrative income opportunity.imbecile
- I think you're perhaps taking Danger's tweets here a touch literally, imbecile, if you don't mind me saying.Nairn
- i'm referring to mono as well. (food vehicles are money pits, just fyi)imbecile
- I really wouldn't be doing it for the money, but I THINK I could pull it off to eek out a little profit.monospaced
- I'd make the thing mechanical so it runs on its own. Think grilled cheese vending machines.robotron3k
- what about bacon? how much extra?utopian
- thinly sliced apple and a little maple syrup on there is really nice.ben_
- The man with the cheesy plan!Turboslacker
- "you give me $5 youre getting 5"
If I liked coffee (it's vile) I would have ditched design long ago and opened a pretentious coffee shop. Now in my darker hours I think of going back to school for something like furniture design.
- do it. Furniture design for pretentious coffee shops._niko
- You should not go back to school for furniture design, get an apprenticeship with a furniture designer or shop.utopian
- The world has enough furniture designs. We collectively got that. We haven't got enough AI/ML mathematicians and data scientists.shapesalad