Saturday, 5 March 2011

Working Mum

Going back to work in a contract capacity has been a fantastic experience for me. I shouldn't really admit this, but it's great to be in a job, but not have to worry about internal politics or any game playing. Just do a good job and go home. It's brilliant. Plus, you always know that you're finishing (or could finish) at the drop of a hat, so if you're not happy, you can walk. If we didn't need to get a mortgage later this year, I would definitely opt to do this from now on. 

So, in an attempt to get a permanent job, I've met just about every recruitment firm in London (most of whom are absolutely bloody useless) and had a couple of interviews. One went well, one not so well and one was disastrous. This is mainly because I was a bit over confident - I felt the job was a bit too junior and the pay was below what I wanted - and unfortunately this is what came across. Not my finest hour. But what I have realised is that it's not just about getting a job; I actually want to make the right move for my career. Which is harder than I thought. I'm at second stage with a company that could be a real opportunity - it's in a new sector that's notoriously difficult to get into - but I worry that it could be damaging to go from a top flight firm to a much smaller one. I'm not going to think about this any more just yet - I haven't got the job, so it will be a nice problem to have. 

This is when I realised that I'm getting old. This was not the sort of thing I used to care about - pretty much the salary was the only thing that mattered - but now, along with things like benefits and contracted hours, it's a major consideration. I guess it's a matter of time. Things tend to work out for the best. 

1 comment:

  1. Mummy Beadzoid6 March 2011 at 19:58

    You're right, things do tend to work out for the best. I hope you find just what you're looking for. I'm looking to change direction after 5 years of teaching - I want out but like you don't want to just jump hapharzardly into any old thing.

    Good luck :) x