Thursday, 21 May 2009

Job update

I'm feeling as if I should post another "practical advice"-type post, seeing as that had been part of the original plan for this blog. As you all know, so far the only time I've posted anything resembling advice were the two consecutive posts on finances - why one should sort out their finances before a career change, and of course, suggestions on how to do so.

However, that'll have to be for another day.

Today's been quite eventful on the job front, I have to say. No sooner had I started this post, straight after finding out that I'd been rejected for one of the banking roles I talked about earlier this week, I was interrupted again by the shrill ringing of my mobile phone. My usual recruitment consultant James was ringing me to tell me that the other accountancy role (again in the Finance Department of another bank) want to invite me for interview next week. Thank God, I thought, an interview at last instead of a straight rejection like the last hundred roles I've been rejected for!

It sounds naive of me to say it again, but I really didn't think the recession would be as tough as this. This is the first time in my working life that I've actually been out of work for so long: for the last four years I've never had a problem finding a job. Even when I decided to quit my job at the accountancy firm last summer without another job to go to, I was confident that I'd quickly find another, more suitable, job - and, of course, I did: the six-month temporary role in a bank that I had until the contract finished in February this year.

Obviously by no means have I actually got this other banking role yet, but being invited for an interview certainly is encouraging after three months of rejections. It'll be good practice for other interviews at the very least!

I am continuing to apply for other roles, just in case. It now looks like I can't start work until mid-June anyway, as for the first two weeks in June, as you'll all already know from an earlier post, I am doing unpaid work experience on a national newspaper, which is an experience I won't pass up for ANYTHING, paid job or not!

On another topic - the Spring Bank Holiday weekend is coming up (we get two Bank Holiday weekends in May in the UK), so I shall be out of London from tomorrow until Monday night - we are going to visit my boyfriend's family down in Cornwall (southwesterly tip of England, with its own flag and its own - virtually dead - language, Cornish) as that's where he originally hails from. I'm not looking forward to the 9-hour coach journey from London, or even the 6-hour train journey back to London, but I am looking forward to going: I would recommend any visitor to the UK to consider going down there, with its stunning beaches and wild moors and slightly warmer climate.

So, before I leave you all to pack, I just thought I'd rummage through my photos of Cornwall to see if there's any I can share - can't find any beach shots, but I found this one I took a few years ago of St Michael's Mount, a tiny island rock just off the south coast of Cornwall dominated entirely by a castle:

For those of you that ever read Enid Blyton's "Famous Five" series when you were kids - especially "Five On A Treasure Island" - this is always what I imagined the fictional Kirrin Island to look like (which incidentally was supposed to be in Cornwall, but I'm not sure was necessarily based on St Michael's Mount). I was really tempted to search the depths of the castle for secret underground passageways and treasure, just like the Famous Five did in the book, but that might have been my imagination taking me just a little too far!

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and I shall post again when I get back to London next week.
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  1. Fingers crossed for your interview! Temp roles can easily turn to permanent jobs - we've had a few people leave the firm to go 'travelling' - which is pretty brave considering - but it means other people can get those roles!

    So enjoy your weekend and good luck!

  2. Congrats on the interview...good luck!

    Have a good weekend!

  3. When one door closes, another one opens! Congrats! You're doing all the right things, I just know it. Maybe James can be a guest blog poster (kidding!). Have a wonderful weekend my friend and looking forward to the next post!

  4. Another set of fingers will be crossed for your job interview.

    The photo is so beautiful, enjoy the beaches and moors this weekend.


  5. Good luck with your interview. I hope you get the job. Btw, it's such a beautiful picture. Have fun!

  6. Thanks for all your comments guys! Yeah I hope I get the job too - need an income dammit! :-) Glad you all liked the picture and will post again soon :-)

  7. Hope the interview goes well. You never know with positions like this - sometimes they can result in a permanent job. Hope the weekend went well.

  8. Hi Jon! Thanks for the good luck message - yeah I hope the interview goes well too! Er, I'm not sure if I've mentioned this, but I don't think I want a permanent accountancy job - I hate it actually and am trying to change career, hence the blog title - but as I currently need an income and to build up my savings for the change, that's why I'm going back to it for the time being.

    The credit crunch has proved so bad that I'm having to look at permanent accountancy jobs anyway, as there are so few temp roles around, but if I'm being honest I may have to take a "permanent" role for a couple of months for the income/savings anyway. I think I've explained all this in a previous post?

    Besides, permanent accountancy roles (in my experience) tend to make you work longer hours for less money than temp roles, and pay very little (if any) overtime for the extra 2 or 3 hours of work a day plus weekends, which is not ideal when you are trying to use your spare time to change career and trying to save money out of your salary in the first place. Hope that clears up what I'm trying to achieve here!

  9. Hope it goes well. Even if it's not your ideal job, I hope you might enjoy it anyway. It's tough, all the rejection, but just think of those jobs as not the right one after all. Having the intense desire for something, like a different job, means deep down your soul knows it's entirely possible. It might take some digging, and a lot of effort, but it's there somewhere.