Redundancy, Retirement and Readjustment:
The end of April 2011 marked the end of thirty-five years working in Local Government and more than a quarter of that time in my final job.
I worked there for ten years and in truth it was a wonderful place to work, it was satisfying and rewarding and in the time but the last three months had been difficult. Obliged to work an extended notice but obviously not part of the future, increasingly excluded from the present and the past all but air-brushed away as ten years work left the building in green recycling bags or suffered the ultimate indignity of going through the shredder!
And so began a different life starting with a ‘gap year’. Except for a five week break in 2000 when I was made redundant in a previous job I have worked continuously since I left University in June 1975 so I belatedly took the break that most people now seem to take immediately after study.
The following week I became an unemployment statistic and didn’t need that old suit any more!