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Life after P&O, for those who left.

Where did you go after?
In 1974 I worked at Garden Island Naval Dockyard,Installed lifts with EPL Sydney, Installed Sprinklers with Wormalds, Sydney.
Went back to sea in 1977 with CSR on chemical tankers and bulkies then in 1986 became Services Engineer at Centrepoint, Sydney and have been in Building Services ever since in various commercial high buildings in Sydney.

Where are you from: South wales

Re: Life after P&O, for those who left.

Since leaving P&O in 1969 I worked on devopment,testing/faultfinding and commissioning warship machinery control systems at Vosper Thornycroft then 22 years as Product Assurance Engineer on communication satellites at EADS Astrium, with quite a lot of travel to suppliers and trouble shooting throughout Europe and USA. I took early retirement in 2006 when the work stress started getting too much. Altogether a very satisfying career, based on an excellent grounding as a Royal Naval Dockyard apprenticeship and a few years with P&O!

Where are you from: Fareham UK

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I left P & O in 1971 and returned to Sydney to be married. I thought I could get into steam power generation but not so. I took a temporary position as Maintenance Fitter with an English property investment & management company, MEPC Australia. They had developed the IBM building in Sydney and were going to expand throughout Australia, developing and managing large commercial, retail & industrial properties.

MEPC grew rapidly and I grew with them. Maintenance Supervisor, Services Division Manager then in 1987 I reached the position of Australian Group Engineer. I had developed a services division, which was very successful.

In March 1998, MEPC pulled out of Australia and USA so my temporary position of 27 Years had come to an end.

I took a position as Facility Manager/Engineer with Grocon on the GPO/1 Martin Place project but fell into a deep depression, which I couldn't fight off and left in November 1999, unable to work. A year later I was starting to come out of the depression and was offered aposition as Building Manager/Engineer running the "Toaster" buildings on Circular Quay.

After 3 Years I moved to a small engineering consultancy and after 3 Years there changed to Building Construction and worked as Services Engineering Manager on large projects with Reed Constructions, Multiplex and finally Laing O'Rourke, retiring in May 2015.

All in all, a fairly successful career stemming from an apprenticeship at Cockatoo Island Dockyard and then that wonderful time with P & O and particularly Oriana.

Where are you from: Bilgola - Sydney Northern Beaches

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I left P & O after the world cruise on the Canberra in 1978. I was already married by then and came to California to be with my wife Pat.

I worked for Seaboard Electric in Wilmington, close to Long Beach, as a marine electrician repairing ships and other electrical equipment as was made foreman after working there 6 months. I left after 7 years as I was always on call 24/7 and was fed up getting called out at odd hours all the time and living 40 miles away. The money was good though.

Then I then went to work as a maintenance electrician at an aerospace manufacturing company just 2 miles away from my home. Over the space of 17 years I was promoted to maintenance supervisor, maintenance manager and finished as maintenance, facilities, safety and environmental manager.
I was laid off after 9/11 downturn.

I ended up working in a university library taking care of the facilities, security and all the library equipment. I loved that job with students working for me and the really good atmosphere there. The librarians and other staff were awesome. I had to leave after 10 and half years and take early retirement to take care of my wife.

Not a bad career for a railway lad from Derby.

Where are you from: Derby, England now living in Fullerton, Southern California

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Came to Sydney in 1970. Began a 3 year stint as Shift Engineer at Menzies Hotel, Moved on to Legal&General then developing properties,as defacto Project Engineer,2 years.Left Australia forever.Returning 3 months later started at Wentworth Hotel Shift Engineer.18 months later joined Bank of N.S.W (now Westpac)head office as Maintenance Manager.2 years later left Australia forever. Spent 2 years at I.B.M. Shift Engineer. Returned again and spent the rest of the time working in Major Buildings (Commonwealth Bank (Martin Place)and a variety of others.Worked for Knight-Frank,Richard Ellis and ultimately as relieving Manager through Hays Montrose. Had a brief stint as Assistant Chief Engineer at the Nikko Hotel before being sold.Most of these positions were solely as a result of the sea time as many of those in higher positions interviewing me were ex Merchant Navy. The P&O name opened many doors.The experience came in handy too.

Where are you from: originally Gosport now Campbelltown

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Graham Stephens
Came to Sydney in 1970. Began a 3 year stint as Shift Engineer at Menzies Hotel, Moved on to Legal&General then developing properties,as defacto Project Engineer,2 years.Left Australia forever.Returning 3 months later started at Wentworth Hotel Shift Engineer.18 months later joined Bank of N.S.W (now Westpac)head office as Maintenance Manager.2 years later left Australia forever. Spent 2 years at I.B.M. Shift Engineer. Returned again and spent the rest of the time working in Major Buildings (Commonwealth Bank (Martin Place)and a variety of others.Worked for Knight-Frank,Richard Ellis and ultimately as relieving Manager through Hays Montrose. Had a brief stint as Assistant Chief Engineer at the Nikko Hotel before being sold.Most of these positions were solely as a result of the sea time as many of those in higher positions interviewing me were ex Merchant Navy. The P&O name opened many doors.The experience came in handy too.

Sorry forgot to mention the 3 years at the Sydney Hilton.

Where are you from: originally Gosport now Campbelltown

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This is like a CV
Left P&O in '75/6 and went on to Commission Nuclear Sub's - Turbines and no portholes. Leaving that in 79 I went on to commissioning test facilities for Prime Movers - Marine Diesels in Korea, Gas Turbines all across the globe (mainly for helicopters and prop aircraft) and a few facilities for high speed recips - Ferrari F1 at Marinello and Audi Rally Sport at Ingolstadt and oddly enough VW on robot drivers and emission test rigs (honest guv it wasn't me who frigged the figures) That life ended after 11 years with redundancy, so I turned to Construction, working for some of the major players in the UK & the world on engineering projects like power stations, LNG facilities and more recently specialising in the services within Hospitals, new build PFI's
I am still doing that to earn my crust and still enjoying it, Balfour Beatty who I have been with for the past 12 years now are not in the best place, but still ranked in the top ten worldwide. I still travel but UK only now, a regular weekly flight out of Glasgow to the sunny hotspots of Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and on occasion London are the norm

Where are you from: Barrow in Furness, now Glasgow.

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left P&O late 1979, returned to UK whilst I sorted out Australian emigration, moved to Sydney 1981 worked for a couple of air conditioning companies and even an insurance company for a while, and after 8 or so years and into my 30’s –thought I was having tooo good a time and nothing substantial to show, needed to settle down !!, thought working in Middle East would get me out of.. wine, women, and song life.., and put away some money!, popped back to UK to sort out job in Saudi, (whilst there met future misses) did year in Saudi found lots homemade booze and women there, but managed to came back with some savings. Took future misses to Aus for year then back to Essex to settle down, buy a house and things. Started working in building services, which became facilities management, worked for a couple of big law firms in London, now working for Foster + Partners a world wide architects practice as Head of Property and Facilities..life’s good at the moment.

Where are you from: Billericay