Friday, 23 July 2010

Life, the Universe, and Everything in it............

Off topic I know but I wanted to share my news with everybody. As you may be aware I was made redundant in March 2009 and then spent nine months unemployed. I started 'temping' at my current employment at the end of November last year and have been here ever since. Prior to this I considered a career change and took the first part of an adult education teaching course with a view to trying this as a new venture, away from the city and financial services (in which I had worked pretty much since leaving school). An attempted career change at the age of 49 is practical although the time taken to reach the appropriate level of qualification (and by extension, of salary) would have taken me up to around the 55 level. Again, on the face of it this is still a realistic proposition all things being equal.

Unfortunately there is the mortgage. My mortgage is not huge but in order to clear it as soon as possible (I have a 10 plan in mind in that Iwant to have the wretched thing done with at the age of 60) I need to have a salary pitched at certain level and sadly I will not be able to do this if I follow the career change path. This is sad for personal reasons but financial practicality has to be the first priority.

With this in mind I have accepted the inevitable and so will be staying in the city and so was highly delighted when yesterday, my boss at the place I am currently temping, extended to me an offer of a permanent position within the company.

To say I am pleased by this is probably an understatement although I will be required to take a couple of professional qualifications to support my position.

The Teaching will now have to be postponed but I plan to make use of the skills acquired perhaps within a minor training capacity at work if possible.


Paul O'G said...

great news mate!

David Crook said...

Hi Tas,

Many thanks old boy - it has been a difficult couple of years and so this is most welcome.

It also means that my holiday in Turkey (starting on August 7th) will now be even more enjoyable!

All the best,


SteelonSand said...

Real Life (tm) strikes again! Shame you have been forced to compromise, but great that you have a firm opportunity with the financial position - good luck with it all.

David Crook said...

Hi Sos,

Many thanks for the good wishes. The blog has been a source of much inspiration and comfort and and I will certainly be keeping this and the 'blovel' going - simply because I enjoy the repartee, observation and sheer 'matiness'.

It also means that my trip to Turkey will be undertaken with a clear conscience and bring on the paragliding!


Robert (Bob) Cordery said...


This was excellent news to read when I got home! Now you can at least look forward to a holiday where there will be no worries in the back of your mind!

All the best,


David Crook said...

Hi Bob,

Welcome back and many thanks! I am pleased for the sake of the security a permanent position brings - it also means that for the first time in about 2 years I can stop looking for another job!

The holiday is going to be much more enjoyable as a result!

All the best,