Recession Impression: Digression not Depression

Monday, June 29, 2009 13:04 | Filed in Life, The Pickards

Hmm. I appear to be my own boss.

This is not exactly through choice; it’s because the recession has led to my employer feeling obliged to give me a month’s notice. After the initial bit of feeling somewhat shell-shocked, and saying things on the phone like “uh-huh. uh-huh” without really making a great deal of sense, I can start to gather my thoughts somewhat.

Firstly, I don’t have any particular axe to grind with my employers. These things happen, the recession isn’t their fault, and I’m sure that same as I would, they would rather things had turned out differently. Such is life.

Secondly, I’m not wallowing in self-pity. I know that some people, when laid off, feel worthless, and it can somewhat hit their self-confidence. Well, I’d like to assure my regular readers that you don’t have to worry about that with me. I am quite happy with my skill set and abilities (not that I wouldn’t be happy to develop new ones, mind you). Indeed, when you find people as brilliant as I am, it’s rare that they are as modest and self-effacing as me.

So this gives me a chance to be my own boss, work out something else (partnerships or some such) or otherwise find some other form of regular paid work. Possibly “in the middle of a recession” isn’t exactly the best time to be setting out to achieve such a task, but that is when these sorts of things tend to happen.

Obviously, should any of you wish to call upon my services, whether it be writing, web design, accessibility, data migration or whatnot, you can contact me through the usual channels.

And if nothing turns up quickly, I’ll just have to write a series of best selling novels about a boy wizard. Well, if it worked for J. K. Rowling…

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22 Comments to Recession Impression: Digression not Depression

  1. TGRWorzel says:

    June 29th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Innovate Jack. Bring it into the 21st Century. Write that novel about a girl witch…

  2. Matt says:

    June 29th, 2009 at 1:50 pm


  3. JackP says:

    June 29th, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    no thanks, but it’s very kind of you to offer.

  4. Darren Taylor says:

    June 29th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Jack being totally serious here, when I was at @media last week in London I was thinking some of these speakers aren’t all that or mores the point, don’t live in the real world. How are you presentation skills? Have you done any public speaking before? Seems to me with your skills and experience this could be a route for you.

  5. Joe Dolson says:

    June 29th, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Hey, sorry to hear about that, Jack! But, to be honest, becoming self-employed is the best thing to happen to me in the work arena, so it’s hard to be overly concerned. :)

    Have fun exploring what you’ll do next!

  6. JackP says:

    June 29th, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    that’s always a possibility – I’ve done some speaking before, and if I’ve got enough time to prep, I’m happy I can do it very well – but the problem with that is that my experience of ‘em tends to be expenses+publicity, rather than cash.

    That’s not to say I’d be afraid of speaking, mind you – it’s always fun anyway :-)

  7. Darren Taylor says:

    June 29th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Ok sounds good, so your slant needs to be here Jack talking about something that we all wanna piece of and guess what, that’s what his new full time business is all about! Now what could that usp be…?

  8. Gary Miller says:

    June 29th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    How about signing up with CAMRA as an author? Seriously though, tough break Jack, but I’m glad your remaining positive.

  9. WillZor says:

    June 29th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Sorry to hear your news Jack – fingers x’d. Wj.

  10. Laurence says:

    June 29th, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    oh sloblocks..soz to hear that, Jack.

  11. Mike says:

    June 29th, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    They let you go over the phone ????

  12. mark says:

    June 30th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    you could see if the bbc need someone to proof read their running text – especially on the sport

  13. JackP says:

    June 30th, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    considering I work from home more than 80% of the time, I can’t exactly blame them for letting me know over the phone. In many ways, it’s also better to find out when I’m at home than in a different city!

  14. Seb Crump says:

    June 30th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Dang! Good luck mate. I’m not in a position to offer/promise anything, but I’ll mention your name to a couple of people (in a good way, I promise ;-) .

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