From Permie to redundancy.. the beginning of my story

Once upon a time, I was a permie—a permanent employee with a promising career ahead. I had dedicated two years to training and hard work, and it had paid off with a promotion to Technician, accompanied by a thrilling 75% pay rise. It was a moment of celebration and triumph, but little did I know that my professional journey was about to take an unexpected turn.

Just a month after the joyous promotion, my world was rocked when I received a call from the HR department. It was an unsettling conversation that left me bewildered and anxious. I was informed that my position was at risk, and the ominous word “redundancy” hung in the air. How could this happen so soon after my promotion? The security I had once felt was now hanging by a thread.

The reason behind this sudden upheaval was a decision made by our client—a company for which I worked at an IT outsourcing firm. They had opted to take control of their IT operations and bring them in-house, a strategic move that rendered my role redundant. It was a seismic shift that sent shockwaves through my professional life.

As if this wasn’t enough to shake my world, my personal life also took a significant turn during this tumultuous period. In September, I had the joy of getting married, a momentous occasion that should have been filled with bliss and relaxation. However, due to the looming uncertainty of my job, my honeymoon in Scotland was a humble and budget-friendly affair.

In October, the inevitable arrived in the form of a redundancy letter. It was time to embark on the challenging journey of job hunting. As a junior in the IT field, this was no small feat. The job market was competitive, and my confidence was shaken after attending two interviews in a week, both of which ended with the disheartening news that I wasn’t the ideal candidate.

Amidst this uncertainty, the idea of contracting crossed my mind, but I was hesitant. I felt that I lacked the necessary expertise in technology and business to take on such a role. Fear and self-doubt gnawed at me as I pondered my next steps.

However, as fate would have it, there was a silver lining waiting for me. The newly in-sourced IT department of our client recognised my potential and offered me a lifeline. This offer came with another substantial 50% pay rise and the enticing perk of a company car, which meant I’d have to navigate the complexities of a “K tax code.” It was an opportunity I couldn’t refuse.

As I settled into my new role, the storm of uncertainty began to subside. My career had weathered a significant upheaval, but I emerged stronger and more resilient. The lessons I had learned during this roller-coaster journey were invaluable—adaptability, perseverance, and the importance of seizing opportunities.

Yet, in the ever-evolving world of IT, one can never be too complacent. As I enjoyed the calm after the storm, I couldn’t help but wonder what new challenges lay ahead. Life had taught me that change was the only constant, and I had learned to embrace it. The peaceful period was a reminder that while we may find stability, we must always be prepared for the next twist in the adventure. All was peaceful for now, but for how long?

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