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#121 hazard121

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 04:45 PM

UQ just has a GPA cut off of 5, which is a hurdle only and it doesn't contribute anything else towards their entry criteria. Basically you need a stellar Gamsat at UQ only. for a CSP there starting this year i think a 66 was required, which is about in the top 2-5% of gamsat scores.

#122 Dr. Cranium

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  • Location:Australia QLD

Posted 22 April 2012 - 05:02 PM

View Posthazard121, on 22 April 2012 - 04:45 PM, said:

UQ just has a GPA cut off of 5, which is a hurdle only and it doesn't contribute anything else towards their entry criteria. Basically you need a stellar Gamsat at UQ only. for a CSP there starting this year i think a 66 was required, which is about in the top 2-5% of gamsat scores.

Yup.

They do use the gpa for tie breaks though. Will have to wait and see!
Are you enjoying it? How's the workload?

#123 hazard121

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 05:32 PM

If you're applying you wouldn't want to be risking it on a tie breaker. Unless your gamsat score is 70+ I'd apply to Griffith, although consider elsewhere if you have no attachments to QLD.

The work load is constant and you really adapt to it which isn't that bad. Most people treat it as an 8-5 job which makes it pretty do-able. I'm enjoying it although I wouldn't recommend my uni to many people to be honest, new school and they need a reshuffle of staff.

I know a few people at other unis doing med too, so I can give a pretty good account of the failings of a specific uni if you're interested?

#124 Dr. Cranium

  • Joined:23-May 07
  • Location:Australia QLD

Posted 22 April 2012 - 06:01 PM

Thanks for that. I'll reply when I'm not on my phone at work!!

#125 keaton185

  • Joined:22-October 09
  • Location:Australia QLD
  • Car:Ford XR6 BA (but looking for a 180sx sr20!)

Posted 25 April 2012 - 12:15 AM

First job out of highschool was as a Contract Admin for a commercial plumbing company, at the time it was easy work, got to play in autocad occasionally and got paid well for my age. I was looking at doing courses to be a draftsmen or a Quantity Surveyor. It's funny now that I think back at it that I was dead keen on doing that for a job. Construction industry took a turn for the worst in 2009 and I was made redundant.

Was always good with computers and ended up getting work at a local computer store, again good pay and laid back attitudes.

Now I'm doing level 3 desktop support and all the bits and bobs that come with it, server installs, change management, networks etc for the largest mining company in the world. Pay isn't awesome, but for the ripe age of 21 it's good I suppose. It's frustrating when you have older guys come in who don't know the difference between a switch and a router and they get paid more than you!

I always go through this thought process of leaving and I know that I'd be able to jump a number of pay scales and job titles if I was to be go to another firm but the opportunities are endless here and my main gripes are just with our users. It is true what others have said about not making your passion your job, I used to be into computers and fixing them, now when I get home I don't want to do much else with them except for sail the high seas of the torrent community.

#126 NunzY

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 12:34 PM

Currently working full time in accounting, studying part time. Hate the uni course. And have been doing accounting for 4 years. Currently 22. Thinking of making the move to something else, don't know what though.

I'm a people person and i love my music. I play the drums and wouldn't mind teaching privately part time. But unsure what to do full time :(

#127 Bennybear

  • Joined:23-August 05
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:BMW

Posted 19 May 2012 - 09:10 PM

Moved from software consultant to medical device specialist...

Huge learning curve as most in my industry have a medical or at least science background; incredibly rewarding (satisfaction + $) and plenty of longevity.

I'm less than 12 months in and will never stop learning. Have battled with feelings of inadequacy a few times but am now holding my own and displacing competitors in my region, penning some progressive strategies that should see this division continue to tick upward.

I never would have made the move if it wasn't for the (gentle) suggestion from my wife who is an ex-specialist in the field; looking back it is hard to imagine not having this role

#128 headlock

  • Joined:19-January 05
  • Location:Australia SA
  • Car:Evolution IX

Posted 23 May 2012 - 12:11 PM

the common thread here seems to be, whatever anyone does that they've been doing for a while sucks no matter what it is and anything would be better haha.

i'm still stuck in IT and i f**king hate it. i will never progress because i dont give enough of a shit about it to try. dont know what else to do and the mortgage needs to be paid.

anyone considering IT who is not a passionate nerd, dont bother. It's teh gay. Yeah the pay is ok but you will always be on call - and when you realise you're considered to always be at work, 24 hours a day 7 days a week - that pay cheque starts looking pretty f**king shithouse. You will always have to deal with f**king idiots, you will always have to be polite to them and it will always be up to you to fix problems you couldn't give two f**king shits about. i f**king HATE I.T.

Edited by headlock, 23 May 2012 - 12:11 PM.


#129 Slimx

  • Joined:20-April 12
  • Location:Australia NSW
  • Car:MX5

Posted 25 July 2013 - 08:40 PM

I went from working at a bakery to being a Web Developer lol.
Then from being a Web Developer to an ESL English Teacher :).

#130 HumanHefner

  • Joined:17-February 08
  • Location:Australia VIC
  • Car:1993 KRPS13

Posted 29 July 2013 - 05:15 PM

View PostSlimx, on 25 July 2013 - 08:40 PM, said:

I went from working at a bakery to being a Web Developer lol.
Then from being a Web Developer to an ESL English Teacher :).

How is that working out?
Sorta interested.

#131 R32GTRS

  • Joined:24-August 09
  • Location:Australia SA
  • Car:RB25 R32gtst

Posted 18 November 2013 - 06:33 AM

Service advisor to dumpy in the mines
Massive earning potential and lots of room for improvement. The hours arnt for everyone, but if you're young and fit get into this and earn some real coin for a bit, if you like it work hard invest well and retire early.
Car industry is broken and possibly the worst job I've ever had for many reasons.

#132 blingcommander

  • Joined:05-October 06
  • Location:Japan
  • Car:Scooty-Puff Jr.

Posted 18 November 2013 - 06:42 AM

after going back to running a workshop, got the shits again and took most of this year off. got the headsup from a mate and applied for the job i have now.

essentially a field assistant. i drive around a land liasion for some of the day, and f**k all the rest. our company is contracted by esso to look after landholders for an oil pipeline that is being replaced that runs like half the length of victoria.

coming home clean every night is kinda cool haha

#133 ryce_tea

  • Joined:27-December 09
  • Location:Australia SA
  • Car:thirteeone

Posted 14 December 2013 - 09:06 AM

View Postblaq-boi, on 09 December 2010 - 12:45 PM, said:

same boat, qualified metal fabricator. just applied for a job today at a call center. just for a fill in.
my trade was good, but theres no chance i am going to be putting on overalls for the rest of mylife.

next year im thinking about going engineering at uni



hey bud not sure if you know but you can do a diploma through tafe. And ultimately you can go from tafe to uni after.

The reason im saying is ive had mates jump from finishing school to engineering at uni and they do the first year or so and drop out.
And ive got another in his first/second year struggling.

Meanwhile im doing cert 2 engineering at tafe (specialising metal fabriaction) which shows more pracitacal side (my mate is jelly as lol)

My other mate doing the course with me is of them who went from uni to this cert 2 and he is going to tafe next year for the diploma haha.

Just thought id do a head up (:





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