Ok, so I’ve copied the title from M over at There’s Value
but I posted a comment there that she reckoned could make an interesting read, so I’ll copy and paste it here, with a little more info…
Getting a Job
After I graduated, I wasn’t having any luck with getting a permanent job so I ended up going down the temporary route. By and large, my jobs only lasted from a couple of weeks up to a month.
I had been temping for about a year, going for interviews where possible when I was finally offered a permanent position at a local IT business. When I told the company I was temping for at the time that I was leaving, they immediately made me a counter offer – 6 months and then a permanent role. I accepted and turned the other job down.
I thought that as I’d been given a more secure role, things would change for me but no, I was still the temp, I didn’t get the training that was promised and to my horror, at the end of the 6 months, the permanent position did not materialise!
I was absolutely devastated and I think that was the first (and last) time I did the ultimate sin of crying in the office!
I took a day off to compose myself (and wallow in misery) and then was back contacting my temping agency for job vacancies and was soon on another temporary job, one which ended up lasting 6 months, which gave me a lot of confidence.
As that job ended, I immediately got placed in a temporary position with a large global company. I turned up on the first day not really sure what the role was exactly, as my agency had ‘lied’ about my experience to get the placement!
Still, I learned quickly, got stuck in and two months later, got offered a permanent position, along with a coveted final salary (defined benefit) pension.
19 years later, I’m still with that same company, still enjoying my work which I find mostly interesting and challenging and have made some great friends over the years.
So yes, getting let go from that company back then was the best thing that happened to me, despite my feeling of utter devastation at the time!
What Goes Around…
And a funny thing?
Around five years ago, our company bought out a smaller business and their staff moved into our offices. I recognised a few of their faces, as the newly acquired company was only that firm that let me go
! They’d changed company name, hence I hadn’t batted an eyelid when I’d read in the company internal announcements that we’d bought out another business.
And what happened a few months later?
They pretty much all got laid off (all those that I once worked with did) as their business got absorbed into ours.
I didn’t gloat.
And then, only to myself.
Some may argue that I was a little mean to gloat and to be honest, I did feel a bit mean, as I’m not usually the kind of person who finds joy in other people’s misfortune.
However, I don’t recall any of them being particularly sympathetic towards me on my last day of work at their company – I was just a temp being let go, surplus to requirements, despite promises made to me.
Plus none of them actually acknowledged me when they moved to our office – you know how you know when people are trying to avoid catching your eye? That’s the impression I was getting from them. Maybe they just felt awkward, I don’t know but it would have been polite to just say ‘hello’.
Funny how things turn out in the end.