Working from Home – The First Month

I have now been self-employed and working from home for almost one month.  Prior to this I spent the last 25 years working in huge, open-plan Trading floors of Banks and Broking companies surrounded by 100-400 ‘close colleagues’.  To all intents and purposes a battery hen leashed to the desk by a length of telephone cable.

Now, my home is my office.

So how does working from home feel?  What are the differences, good and bad?

Clearly I no longer commute (this is good).
I don’t object to using public transport, I just don’t like using it at the same time as the rest of the population of London.  Continue Reading →

5 Positive Changes After Leaving My Job

Umbrellas in the Rain
       I have just come to the end of strange limbo period called Gardening Leave. As of last week I am now Unemployed For Real.  I had been pretty relaxed about things until now, but I woke up on my first day of Real Unemployment and felt different inside.
       I have been employed in some capacity or other since the age of 14, and this past week I have an edgy feeling that something is not right.  When my mind is empty for a few minutes I feel very uneasy, my stomach lurches and for a split second I feel panic.
So, this week I am focussing on the positive changes in my life over the last three months and how my life is slowly improving for the better.

Now I can… Continue Reading →

Thinking of a Career Change in 2014?

 I certainly don’t have all the answers yet I’m afraid, but I can tell you that you are not alone.
       The Institute of Leadership and Management recently carried out a poll of 1000 employees.  19% expected to change jobs this year and of this 39% would like to change career and try something new.  Almost exactly one year ago I had started to come to the same decision.  Like anyone I had sometimes thought about changing jobs before, but this feeling was different. I knew it was time for a complete change.
       These are my first 3 steps for planning career change. You can take these steps now and it will help you start to feel it is at least possible. Continue Reading →

New Year Hopes Not-Resolutions

I have never broken
a New Year’s Resolution…fact.  Truth is I have never made any to break.  Rather than give up drinking
in January, I did once pledge to drink every day for the whole month.  Something that I achieved way too easily.  However, since I am currently at what can only be described as a turning point in my life, I am allowing myself a few very simple ‘hopes’ for my new life in 2014. Continue Reading →

I’m doing a MOOC..yes a MOOC

I am allowing myself plenty of time to achieve my career change and one of the luxuries I am giving myself is the chance to do some courses.  Some are aimed at improving my skills and make me more employable, some will be an attempt to reignite my long-defunct creativity, but one is just for my own self-indulgent pleasure.
Next week I am taking part in a MOOC – a Massive Open Online Course.  The Introduction to Forensic Science course is being run by the University of Strathclyde and will be the first course to be run by Futurelearn, a private company owned by The Open University.  There is no formal qualification, the courses are purely for pleasure and for me this is simply an itch that I needed to scratch.  Continue Reading →

Procrastination….and Meatballs

       Although I had a few months to prepare for being made redundant I somehow didn’t seem to manage to clear my ‘To Do’ list in order for me to sit back and take it easy for a few weeks.  Today the rain is throwing itself down and even though I had the day mapped out, I managed to walk into the leg of a chair at 8am and break my middle toe.  The day I had set aside for running around to organise my son’s 5th birthday party is abandoned and I am at home with a loudly throbbing foot.
       Never mind, I have lots to do in my search for Happy Work, so I can do some research, work on my ‘network’, draft a CV etc.
I spend an hour on Facebook. Continue Reading →