And so it begins...

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

During the first of week of January, everyone in the department I worked in received the news that we were all facing redundancy. This was not surprise for any of us.

A week passed before we were each told of the final decision.

The MD wanted to move me to another department. I couldn't do it. I knew it was a role I wouldn't be happy in, a role I wouldn't be able to put my heart and soul into. I knew from past experience (I'd been at the company for almost 10 years) that I would encounter obstacles and any grievance I had would not be addressed, so I decided to decline the position.

This in itself felt awful, there where guys in my department that would have given anything to stay, and there I was turning down a role and choosing to leave. True to form, they were really supportive and totally understood my position.

But then there was a twist, someone was interested in buying the department. This led to confusion, uncertainty and some very awkward situations that continued for two weeks. By the end of the third week I'd had enough and suggested my own solution, which was accepted. And so, finally, at the beginning of week four the matter was resolved.

It's been an exhausting few weeks, I've cried buckets, felt sick most days and haven't slept or eaten properly. But now it's all over I feel happy, relaxed and excited and my plan is to start working as a freelance Graphic Designer. It's something I've often thought about but the time never felt right. Until now.

Wish me luck!

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  1. Wow, what an emotional few weeks for you. As one door closes - another opens. Good luck on your new venture :) xxx

  2. Oh I do wish you luck, by the bucket full! Well done on your decision sounds like a terrible month you poor thing but onwards and upwards xxx

  3. Wow, what a rubbish start to the year but a really brave move you've made. I wish you every success. xx

  4. I'm sorry about you losing your job, but good luck with your future xx

  5. The uncertainty is the worst part of a redundancy process I think. I know that there are things that people have to consider but it does feel that they sometimes don't appreciate that people's lives are in limbo until they know what's going on. It took over 3 months for us to find out whether or not we were actually being made redundant, part of the delay was when the CEO went on a skiing trip....

    Best of luck with everything you have ahead.

  6. It must have been a really tough decision. Good luck with everything.

  7. aw Hazel, that must have been such a drain on you and tough to lose everything you are familiar with at work. Glad you are taking this positively x

  8. Best of luck Hazel! Sometimes these things are just new opportunities in disguise (cheesy but true, if you want them to be)! xx


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