04 November 2012

Getting Fired from your Job - Should you Laugh or should you Cry?

How many of us have been fired from a job and how many of us are still wondering why it happened?
And were you upset? Did you cry? Did it seem like the end of the world to you or at least the end of your part of the world?
I recently went through this experience in a job that I had been so much looking forward to doing and that I had made many sacrifices for.
I was fired unexpectedly with no warning whatsoever.
Was I upset? I was devastated! Did I cry? I shed buckets!
As I had only worked for the company for 6 months, there was nothing I could legally do about my dismissal under UK labour regulations.

straight jacketThe first couple of days were tough, but the kindness and constructive advice of my daughter helped me through the worst of it and allowed me to talk about my situation in detail. At the end of the weekend, I had formulated a plan, revamped my CV and was in the process of setting up a Facebook page for my translation services https://www.facebook.com/ASBurkeTranslations.

After those initial couple of days, I was still close to tears thinking about the injustice of what had happened to me, but the tear-free periods were on the increase.
And then I sat back and reviewed my work situation of the last 6 months.

Had I been happy in my job or had I been trying to kid myself? - Admittedly, this job had challenged me and allowed me to use many of the skills I had accrued over the years. I did a good job too and the results are visible to all that visit the company's e-commerce website, which I translated, from English to German. In addition, I dealt with a lot of the backend work for the website, worked on SEO and wrote some articles for the News section on the website.
Yet, despite all this, I wasn't happy. The manageress of this small company who had hired me (there was no HR Department) didn't really like me. At first I merely had a gut feeling about this and then I felt more and more convinced of it. I even went out of my way to try and address any possible issues, but I now have to admit that she sadly lied to my face and went behind my back to prepare for my dismissal.
Yes, I have to say that she won't ever be my best buddy, but a month after I lost my job I'm nearly jumping for joy. I now realise that I would have never been happy in that company as the manageress in question is a control freak who would not tolerate anybody else's success or happiness. - Inferiority complex has sprung to mind, but don't tell her I said so.
So while I'm still looking for a new position or some freelance translation work, I have to admit that the tears have turned to laughter and that I'm glad I don't have to work for a company any longer where I felt like I had been fitted with a straight jacket.

02 November 2012

Jimmy Savile - from BBC Star to Social Outcast

Hard to believe how Jimmy Savile has fallen from grace within a year of his death at the age of 84. Anybody who grew up in England or lived in the UK or Ireland in the 1970s or 80s would have certainly known this eccentric celebrity who made people's wishes come true in Jim'll Fix It. He raised millions for charity and was one of the BBC's biggest ever stars.
Jimmy Savile in his hayday

Apparently, there had been rumours about him liking teenage girls that little bit too much, but there had never been enough proof for any kind of prosecution.
Now we have every reason to believe that Savile was a sexual predator preying on young teenage girls and possibly even younger girls and boys. He used his celebrity status to lure those kids into his BBC changing room, his caravan, his Rolls Royce or even the nurses accommodation in one of the hospitals he appeared to have access to whenever he so desired.
The BBC bosses are horrified as the flood gates opened in the aftermath of an ITV programme on Savile's sexual preferences which was aired in October this year. Savile may have abused in the region of 300 young people over a 40 year period and some of these incidents happened on BBC premises. There appeared to be enough evidence for a BBC programme to be screened last December in which a woman described her ordeal with Savile when she was only 14 - but this programme was axed by the BBC in favour of an all singing all dancing Boxing Day review about the late Jimmy Savile, fund-raising guru and favourite of the people who fixed it for so many kids.
Some of the girls he fixed it for are now going to sue his estate.