Crunched as well

Bob Jacobs's picture

Reading Andy Roberts' lament for the Golden Lion pub in Romford reminded me that I had promised to post a new blog entry soon, so here it is.  I've been made redundant by the firm that I worked for for just over thirty years.  I was summoned to a meeting in the City office at 5:00pm on a Friday evening and told that I was one of a group of seven senior managers in my team, three of whom were going to be made redundant.  We were told a lot of spurious guff about "consultation" and lack of alternative roles within the firm and advised that we were entering a 30 day "consultation period", by the end of which we would know our fates.  After a few unpleasant meetings and several emails to influential people in the firm that led to nowhere, I was finally dumped on Friday 19 December.  My redundancy package will enable me to pay off the mortgage and credit cards, so it's not all bad, and I can, if I want, take early retirement and try to live off my pension, but, realistically, given that Mary is working virtually all hours, that is not a serious option, as she doesn't want to be slaving away to support me while I laze around at home, playing chess and birdwatching.  That leaves me out among the sharks, chasing a job and trying to distinguish between genuinely useful resources and charlatans who are after my money.  I've gone through the whole gamut of emotions from hatred, anger and sadness to resignation, pessimism and optimism.  Now I'm pondering what to do about my aged mother, who has just come out of hospital, having gone in there with pneumonia and got the norovirus while in there....

Well, I had intended to write a much more detailed entry than this but my heart isn't in it, so that's it for now.

Cheers

Bob

 

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pd's picture

Ouch

Hi Bob,

You have my sincere sympathy, what a terrible thing to happen. I'm going to blog myself soon about how 2008 has gone soon but suffice it to say it's not been that easy a year and 2009 looks like being worse. I'm still waiting for confirmation myself that I have work from my major client in 2009 though it looks hopeful, but this is the worst time of year to get such news. My son's mother has been made redundant as well and her last day at work is 31st December. All I can offer you is a somewhat rose tinted view that things generally turn out OK to people that deserve the breaks, though sometimes it might take a while.

Bob Jacobs's picture

Thanks Paul

Any encouragement is welcome!

Bob

Enjay's picture

Crunched as well

Well, Bob My heartfelt sympathies, but roll with it my friend. Take your pension, it's yours for the rest of your life but doesn't stop you doing other work as well... The only 'downside' is that you will need an accountant to unravel your tax affairs. The irony is that you pay VAT on your accountant's bill! The bastards have got you every which way. Whatever, I'm off to Southern Ireland again in the New Year, still busy and occupied. Where there's a will, there's a way. Best wishes and Happy New Year. Nick
Bob Jacobs's picture

Thanks Nick

You are my inspiration not to give up!

I still haven't decided whether to take the pension yet.  It will be worth more if I leave it till later but then I may not live long enough to enjoy it, especially if I carry on celebrating Xmas and New Year as long as the stocks last!  I shall need to agree my decisions with Mary, whatever I do... As for accountants, well, I am one, but I never had any interest in tax, so I do get a former colleague to help with the tax return.  Have fun in Ireland.  I love the place but haven't been back there for a few years now ...

Happy New Year

Bob

aspwatterson's picture

Chin up young man!

Dear Bob

 

Take the money gratefully and think of something nice to treat yourself. Something you've denied yourself for years maybe. Or that hobby you'd wished to have turned to years ago. I'm thinking of treating myself soon to rejoining Basingstoke Astronomical Club and treating myself to a nice telescope with camera for a bit of astrophotography. Every September thought of returning to college and taking music seriously for a change and learning other instruments and all the theory that I've neglected. A nice holiday to a place where you've yearned to go for years can be definitely therapeutic, or even writing about your recent unwelcome experience can help one be more objective I think. Join the local Writers Circle? What about a dartboard with pictures of your bosses on it?

 

all the best

aye yours

andi [Richard Thompson 14 January The Anvil]

Bob Jacobs's picture

Thanks for the encouragement Andi

I've been umming and aahing about RT because Mary doesn't seem to like him, from the extended exposure in the car... but it is very tempting, and I did go to the grandchildren's Xmas musical the other day

Bob

aspwatterson's picture

Richard Thompson

I think you'll find tickets are getting scarce. I could only get one in the back of the balcony. Think Ian Crpton said he was joining the tour in Cambridge? Anyway just heard that RT may be appearing on the Andrew Marr Sunday morning show next Sunday morning as I have told the MT mailing list.

 

chrs

andi

aspwatterson's picture

Self help books

 

 

Something I meant to say BJ  further , is that I know a lot of people regard Self Help books as a bit superfluous to their needs, but have just finished The Power of Now [Echart ?] ,which was mentioned previously , and it's pretty uplifting. Now reading Harmonic Wealth by James Arthur Ray which is pretty good.  Especially meditating in the small room! Both available from the library.

 

 

chrs

andi

Bob Jacobs's picture

Thanks Andi

I have to admit I'm one of those who finds such tomes unsufferably smug and trite as a whole.  I have occasionally found one useful but at the moment I'm concentrating on practical advice about how to improve one's CV and sell oneself to those for whom one wants to work.  Two job applications submitted today: one in existing professional ambit, one a somewhat fanciful stretch ... I've invested some of my redundancy money in a small runaround car and used another chunk to pay off my credit cards.  Next chunk will hopefully pay off the mortgage.  Then I'll be able to live on much less....

Bob