So the stock markets are in freefall , we’ve stopped spending money, businesses are going to the wall and your home is falling in value every day – That’s what we hear on the news and in the daily tabloids…
BUT Is it really all that bad?
In December 2008, I finally left behind the banking industry following the challenges of 2008 – It was one of those typical bi-annual departmental restructures that every large company goes through. The final result put me in the position of competing against another colleague yet knowing, in my heart, that circumstances were fighting against me. The process was regimental but fair and I was offered the choice of “look for another job within” or take voluntary redundancy.
I took the redundancy option not knowing what was next –heck I had been there for 25 years and really thought I didn’t know anything but the Bank.
That weekend I sat down and scoured the newspapers, the magazines and the web – at this point I had already said I was leaving but didn’t even have a job (with a wife and two kids to feed it was a bit scary !!).
Fortunately I had more than Banking skills; having run a small IT company part time for 12 years and latterly had been Head of E-Commerce at Bank of Scotland.
After carrying out tons of research, the most favourable option was to buy into an IT support franchise and the starting grid produced four candidates. Two fell at the first hurdle when they sent me a few lines of pre-defined text about how I could pay them lots of money and have the right to use the name to sell services in a small area of the country. The other two looked viable so I set off down the formal process of application. The end result was a no-brainer and so that is where I am today.
Was it the right decision?
I have never looked back since the day I left the Bank
I now run a real business that gives me the opportunity to meet lots of interesting people
The world is not all doom and gloom
The PC Support Group have the systems, the support and most of all the people
SO TO ANYONE WHO IS FACED WITH THE PROSPECT OF REDUNDANCY; LOOK BEYOND THE NEWSPAPERS; LOOK BEYOND THE NEWS AND MOST OF ALL BE POSITIVE AND BELIEVE YOU CAN SUCCEED IN THIS EXCITING WORLD.