Jackoatsmon's Blog

April 9, 2010

Between Jobs

Filed under: Uncategorized — jackoatsmon @ 2:00 am

I am currently between jobs.  I decided to take a break for a couple of days before starting my new job.  In all honesty, I am not sure what to do with myself.  I enjoy having a quiet time to myself but these days, with the house and even my room being constantly occupied, it is not possible to do so anymore.

Going out means spending money (which is not that great an idea when one is jobless).

I recall reading a quotation once (probably in Reader’s Digest) that the only thing a man can do constantly (besides sleeping) for eight hours a day is work.  I tend to agree.  I cannot imagine doing this every day.  I had actually handed over all my work before my last day of work that I was actually at loose ends and did not know what to do with myself at work.  It was driving me mad.  At least now, I can choose to do nothing legitimately.


April 5, 2010


Filed under: Musings,Work — jackoatsmon @ 1:48 am

I have tendered my resignation to my current employer and am serving out the last couple of days of my notice period.  This is the first time in my life where I can actually hand over all the items before I leave.

I am giving up quite a bit by leaving.  My annual bonus, my friends and colleagues, my nice office, my secretary.  In return, I am going to a job where I am likely not to have a office but more likely a cubicle, no personal secretary and where I am no longer the top guy in my department.  Makes one wonder why I am leaving.

Part of it is longer term planning as I decide to resume my professional career instead of remaining as a administrator and people manager.  Another part of it is a chance to start afresh and perhaps reinvent myself again to be better.  It is an opportunity to improve without any baggage from the current job.  When I took my current job, my work personality underwent a tremendous change to the extent that where I was once considered grouchy, I am now more of a people person (at least compared to the past).  Moving forward to my new job, I hope to become more efficient and improve further on my management skills.

Looking back, I do not regret having taken up my current job and even deciding to switch careers from accounting to administration.  I have had a chance to try doing things here that I would not have been able to otherwise.  The chance to oversee administration and to manage a huge team of people.  Nevertheless, it is time to move on.  I am always reminded of the song at the end of each episode of “Bear and the Big Blue House” whenever I have to say goodbye.  “Goodbye, goodbye.  Good friends, goodbye.  For now its time to go.

I can’t tell what my new job will be really like.  Whether my new boss will be one that is easy to work for or whether my colleagues will be nice people.  For now, however, there is hope.

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