I always wanted to work in the video games store when I was a child and Theme Parks. Both jobs that offer no real ladder to climb and no big bucks to earn. Still a dream is a dream and I completed them both. When I was 15/16 I got my first job in an independent games store. That was great fun and did not pay much as I was part time. Then well Electronic Boutique opened and stole all our trade and that ended that dream. Still that was fun ride to end. I moved away from home and got my first job in theme park, LegoLand Windsor. I was 17 and would join the Attractions Team. At this time I was fully employed all year round and not seasonal. I got to teach the kids how to drive in the Driving School, that was cool. That winter I got my intials placed on the number plate of Lego car!. The winter involved cleaning models and general maintaince. I worked my way up the ladder to Area Assitant and become the attractions department main trainer, that was a great job. I got to help build models, train others, operate rides and got to meet some high up Lego managers. The winter was great as it provided many unique tasks and I enjoyed my 5 years with them. The special attractions I hold close my heart is Lego Racers based on the vieo game. It was so far ahead of its time.
Lego Racers was in a large building that guests walked through. When they got to the front they were split into 3 groups of 20 (although the upstairs had a further option for 3 groups of 20)They watched a :pottymouth: DVD based on the a Lego race, then moved through to the next room where they could build a racer and a car using the a touch screen. They then moved through to a big room with 20 Lego race cars where guests would sit down in a car with there own TV and race against the others in the room using LAN. There were 2 tracks. A space track and Desert track which both feature in the N64 game. This launched in 2001 and was a tech nightmare. In total in the buildng there was over 125 PC's that ran the game, the buildings automatic doors and lights and it all ran on Windows 98. Such a disaster the top floor was canned and companys went bust providing little tech support when it did go wrong. Switching the ride on or resetiing the whole system was nightmare, imagine the windows start up jingle being played all at the same time....
Still, I was there to it closed and it became less reliable and really went crazy and did mad stuff like switch off the lights to building and lock doors. Still I loved it I suppose because it filled two passions. I also got to drive the parks train which was rapid when floored..
I then worked with some other parks and got bored and moved back home only to walk into a job in video games store and became the supervisior. That was the best job I had... EB/Game bought the company and trashed the place to closure. I still recall that day when the email confirmed that the enemy had bought us and I said it would be the end of our team and I was right. Twice in my life they have destroyed my job!
Still this is a long way of pretty much saying I have completed all my dream jobs and it was fun. The choices I made were fun but now I am back a college to get a real job.