So after being put on group consultation in June, I have finally been told that my job is being made redundant and have been given my leave date at work:
30th December 2016
Actually, my last day at work will be 21st December as I have a festive holiday booked in and wasn’t planning on returning to work until 2nd January, but 30th is officially my last day at work with New Co.
Right now, I’m just glad that I’ve been asked to stay a little longer – most people will be leaving at the beginning of November, including my boss. Getting over the financial hurdle that is Christmas makes me feel better.
I’m relieved that I finally know when I’m going to finish – although I’m of course sad about leaving, not knowing hasn’t been easy at all.
I’m also a little excited – after working for the same company for so long, I’m going to be doing something different – new year, new start and hopefully, new job!
With 21 years’ service under my belt (over two decades – gosh, that makes me feel so old!!), my package will come to just over a full year’s pay. There’s a possibility that I may even be able to sneak in part of my bonus as negotiations continue in that area but I’m not counting on it. A bonus if I get it 🙂
As I’ve never been made redundant before and have nothing to compare (except to UK statutory), I don’t think the package is a bad one. It’s not as good as the one our French colleagues are getting though but hey ho!
It’s hard not to keep thinking about what I will do with my redundancy money – I would love to just invest it all but need to remember that I will be living off it until I secure my next employment.
If I do find decent work pretty quickly, well then, I’ll have a nice sum to play around with, which might even shave a year or so off my FI plan.
Reasons to be cheerful
I could have made this into a sad and dreary post but I’d rather it be an optimistic one.
The future is bright, opportunities beckon!
Have a good weekend all!