The past few months have been interesting. I had been running my own company for ten years, with the last four years seeing a complete change following being diagnosed with Heart Failure. In April the last engagement finished, and I was considering where to start looking for the next piece of work when I realised I no longer wanted to go through the Marketing / Sales process yet again. I would much rather just do what I enjoy and am quite good at, find ways to solve problems through the use of I.T.
So after talking with Julie, (my wife), and a few friends (you know who you are thank you), I updated my CV and called some recruitment agents. After a couple of days I decided to update my LinkedIn profile and tick the box saying I was looking for work. It was just under 20 minutes after I enabled this, that I got a phone call from a major consultancy firm asking if I would consider working for them. After a long telephone conversation, mainly around the disadvantages/advantages of the consulting lifestyle I agreed to apply for a position. Within the next 9 days I had two interviews and was offered a position.
After calling the other companies I had applied to and offered interview with, (to date I have only applied for 1 position where I did not get an interview and an offer), I started the wait to begin. The HR process was one of the longest and most painful I have experienced, almost 4 weeks of waiting with no firm details. Then I got a copy of the contract and just like the initial interview process I was set to attend an induction session 3 days later.
The new job has brought with it a whole new outlook, with the company Health scheme comes discounted gym membership, so I have taken this up along side working with a personal trainer. I am now starting to feel better, have more energy and will hopefully start to loose some of the weight I have gained through sitting behind a computer screen all day and not exercising for the past 20 years!