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    On Friday, which was the last working day of my contract, I got extended by three months. Two others who work with me, but have different roles, have been given their notice. Corporate is more and more sucky. I've bought two new iOS books.

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    I held on for another 6 months, but yesterday was my last day. I guess there are some people out there who, when they realised they were on the way out, would have kicked back, collected the cash and done a runner. I buried myself in delivering the most ambitious project I've done, which has included working every weekend for the past two months and putting in an unpaid 80 hour week on my week 'off'. Professional pride is extremely strong with me, and I'm very pleased with what I put live on Wednesday. If that's my legacy, then it will serve me well.

    Although I've seen it coming for a while, I only had confirmation a couple of weeks ago. I haven't had time to look for anything else, so I'm taking August off and will worry about it come September. Options are probably either stay in the same field and be forced to relocate, or learn something new (which is where those iOS books will come in. They're currently unopened.).

    Most important thing in the short term is probably to help Llan get ready for that half marathon!

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    Life is pretty crappy at the moment (though probably not as bad as yours!) Work has just had a round of voluntary redundancies which has left me with two members short in a team of only nine.

    And now they're announcing a second round of VR - although linked in with pushing forward a major revamp of our systems in case we need to make any further acquisitions in the near future. The acquisitions may alleviate the pressure but there is a chance that I may need to split the work even thinner given that I may lose another person on maternity and of the remainder one has been signed off with stress in the last 12 months. My staff are great at their jobs but jeez are they hard to manage sometimes!

    My wife is undertaking CBT to cope with a long term depression and it's only 12 months ago my eldest son was receiving the same following an incident at school (a bit dark so I wont go there).

    Got to admit the one thing that has kept me sane in the last 12 months has been getting a rescue dog. As I type he is snoring away on the settee after a long walk in Stratford. I can guarantee that everyone in the family gets something from him and in the year we've had him he has learnt how to manipulate all of us (well ok maybe not me obviously!)

    Fortunately I like to look on the brightside - we've redecorated the house, my daughter has the lead in next year's panto and I'm running at 15BB/100 over the last 12k hands!
    To infirmity and beyond

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    You well and truly trump me on the crappy life issues! No wife, no kids and no job doesn't look great on paper, but I'm actually really quite chipper about it all. Other than a crisis of confidence on Tuesday that saw me looking for jobs online, I'm actually starting to unwind a bit and try to make the most of the time off.

    Rescue dogs are clearly the way forward. Hope he sees you guys through the choppy waters. Maybe everyone should get one. Apart from Llan. Llan seems more of a cat person.

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    Life throws you lemons - just make lemonade

    Just about to start a 2 week break which I probably need (given the last rant!)

    The dog is currently snoring away after a long walk at the Wyre forest - funnily enough exercise does the rest of us good as well.

    And the Australian cricket team have cheered me up no end this summer, I have a new FC team to support and England seem to be warming up nicely for the Rugby World Cup.

    Oh and it's now 18BB/100 over the last 14k hands!
    To infirmity and beyond

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogs View Post
    I guess there are some people out there who, when they realised they were on the way out, would have kicked back, collected the cash and done a runner. I buried myself in delivering the most ambitious project I've done, which has included working every weekend for the past two months and putting in an unpaid 80 hour week on my week 'off'. Professional pride is extremely strong with me, and I'm very pleased with what I put live on Wednesday. If that's my legacy, then it will serve me well.
    Good for you - leaving on a high note and with a solid reputation can only help. As you sort things out, I'd be sure to reach out to former clients and colleagues even if it's just non-shop, friendly talk.

    I remember seeing your original posts last year and they struck a chord. At the time I was in the process of off boarding from an 18 + year stint as a developer at HP. My separation was voluntary, and I didn't have any guaranteed leads for my career afterwards. I worked out a 3 month plan with management to allow time to find and properly train my replacements and getting my clients comfortable with them. That meant working double hours during the last few months. But I felt the same kind of satisfaction you seem to have in your outgoing effort.

    As it turns out, I eventually got job offers from previous clients, and am in the process of accepting a new job that I'm stoked about!

    A few more thoughts to share in a sec...

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    Just a few observations from my 6 months between IT jobs... hope I'm not boring you!

    - The money I had budgeted for my sabbatical lasted much longer than I expected. Turns out I spend much less without a steady paycheck
    - I really wish I had spent more of my free time traveling, especially abroad. 6 weeks minimum, depending on what it would have done to my budget. This is by far my biggest regret.
    - Graduate programs are not for me. US $1000 per credit here, only to work with Visa students that have no experience in the field. Your unread books are a much better deal. Finding the motivation for self-education was tough for me though.
    - Keep your ex-clients, peers and managers that you had mutual respect for close, it's a small, small world!

    Apologies again for the long-winded reply, just wanted to share since your post hit a chord with me. Best of luck!

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    Also, Redpill has multiple posts on day-trading strategies buried somewhere deep in the forum archives. I'm sure there's some gold in there if everything else fails ☺

    https://hbr.org/2015/07/setting-the-...switching-jobs
    Last edited by wade; 08-20-2015 at 12:40 AM.

  10. #24
    Thanks for posting. It's always good to hear other people's experiences. The article was a good read too. I particularly liked this bit:

    Gaps in job history aren’t the sticking points they once were either, says Sullivan. “No matter what the reason — you got laid off, you took time to write a book, care for a family member, travel — it’s no longer seen as problematic.” You just have to show that your time off wasn’t a waste of time. Employers, says Sullivan, just want to know that you made use of the time either to gain a new skill, have a life-changing experience, or learn something new.


    I've now had three weeks, which is the longest period off work in 13 years. My 'forget about it until September' hasn't really come about, largely because everyone seems to want to talk to me about it. I am now strongly leaning towards trying something new; it's good on some days, on others I'm just full of self-doubt. But I have time to try something, and if it doesn't work out then look for a job.

    I think the person who has had the biggest impact on me is a youngster who has just flown out to the States to start college with a tennis scholarship. He was so full of excitement, it made me think that I shouldn't give up any dreams just because I've got a bit older and more cynical. It would be different if I had dependents, but as things stand, I'm the sole pup in this equation.

    The immediate plan is to complete a personal project that has been on the go for 15 years, then launch into some learning. Self-discipline is going to be key, but if I don't give it a go then I'll never know, right?

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