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Redundancy ... Sucks...
It's been a long time since I blogged. However this one seemed appropriate.
(For my facebook friends, this paraphases my recent status update)
Today marked my first day in my new job at ICONZ. Unfortunately, SMX had to disestablish my role there and I was in effect, made redundant.
Being made redundant when you're the sole breadwinner for a household is a very stressful event - not one I ever imagined i'd go through. We were faced with a very short period of time in which either I had to find work, or we had to completely turn our lives upside down. Liz (my wife) had the option to take a job offer but this was not our preference, as we have built our lives around Liz being at home with the kids, and me being out at work. Flipping that upside-down would not have been good for any of us for a whole raft of reasons I won't go into.
I was deliberately a little bit cagey in terms of 'announcing' my situation - a deliberate attempt to be considerate to SMX and to my friends and colleagues there, as my situation was in a state of flux for much of the time between the situation being explained, the final decision being made - and then my notice period (which was abbreviated).
I don't begrudge those still there, I recognise the reasons for the disestablishment of my role and to be honest, I was already considering my options as I had concluded that I wasn't happy with the way the position had evolved in my time there. Of course, having a bombshell dropped on me at relatively short notice isn't the same as being able to find a new opportunity and put in notice in the usual fashion!
The support offered by the family and friends who were fully aware of the situation, was immense and I must register my gratitude - in particular those who made useful suggestions, referred me to firms with vacancies, to useful recruiting agents and such.
I was fortunate to be in a 'right place, right time' situation with the vacancy I wound up filling (ICONZ being the place I worked pre-SMX helped cut through a lot of the usual unknowns one manages when hiring a new employee or joining a new company) so I guess you could say we've landed on our feet, and you can probably imagine how relieved we all are that life is returning to normal.
So thanks again to all our friends and family for being there for us. It really is appreciated.