One year later…

It was in the third quarter of 2007 that I made the “very brave decision” (well that’s the way everybody else describes it) to quit my job without having another job to go to (that will teach me to take advice from a fictional character!). I’ll let you in on a little secret, I really didn’t know if I’d done the right thing, hell, it wasn’t until the early part of 2008 that I knew I’d done the right thing. Nevertheless, on Thursday 8th November 2007 (I think?), my dream of freedom became a reality. I believe that it was mid afternoon that I left; I’d had my fill of writing documentation and clearly wasn’t getting anywhere near any code ever again (I’m a Software Developer) and so I decided that my time would be better spent searching for a job*.

In between responding to emails and trawling the job boards, I decided to chart the course of my adventure by way of a blog and to draw up a list of targets that I should aim to meet within the next year. My main motivation for switching jobs was the chance to be better, to achieve more and I felt I should be holding myself to this; tangible, measurable targets seemed a good way to test myself. I’m not going to share what all of my targets were, that would be telling, but suffice to say that judgement day has arrived and I have dispatched five of them (there were seven).

Paying off my student loan is number six, unfortunately my dedication to number two (maintaining my position on the graph of age vs bhp) meant that this couldn’t be achieved. Do I really need 2.5 litres of engine to propel me around Sussex? You’re damn skippy I do! And yes Chris, I am reinstating this target onto next years list (Focus RS?).

As for the blog, you’re reading it now; this website has changed so many times in the last year (and as always there are more changes ahead) but this blog has always been a part of it. Be sure to come back soon and read about my continuing battle to avoid becoming a cog – to infinity and beyond!

JoJo (unashamedly me, since 1984).

*By and large, recruitment agents are twats.

6 thoughts on “One year later…

  1. I’ve just worked out that to maintain my age vs bhp I would need about 550bhp by next year. I’m going to need a Gallardo LP560-4 (552bhp), or a 911 GT2 (530bhp). A plain old 911 turbo (480bhp) just won’t cut it. By the time I’m sixty, I’ll need a Veyron (1001bhp) even though I think they’re hideous :(

    Perhaps the measure should be based on bhp/ton? Or 0-60mph?

  2. I think you just need to be on the right side of the mean amount of bhp for your age group. I’m certainly not going to incur Vanessa’s wrath when you purchase a Veyron, plus you would look more dumb in a Veyron than if you wore crocs (anyone would)! Yes you would. I don’t care how bloody comfortable they are, you would look like a dumbass.

    I think for your age, the 911 turbo is fine.

  3. Crocs would be too wide for drilled magnesium racing pedals.

    Perhaps what we’re looking at is a bell curve.. reaching peak BHP at about 45 years, then decreasing again relative to hair loss/hair greying percentage. That will explain how we will all be driving a Nissan Micra Automatic by 80 (if there’s any petrol left).

    I like crocs, they are bloody comfortable and great on the beach.

  4. A bell curve, eh? What is the peak BHP that you are aiming for? What do you expect the standard deviation to be?

    So you mean that I’m already losing horses since my hair is already greying! I’d rather purchase a one way ticket to Switzerland than drive a Nissan Micra Automatic.

    Crocs. There are no words.

  5. Hi JoJo. I did not get the age to bhp thing. But then, I don’t drive…
    On that note does that mean I’m doing REALLY badly for my age to bhp???!

    I had to comment, really as I found this web page through a search I did through yahoo about “recruitment agents are twats”, as I wanted to see if anyone else felt the same. But yeah!! I’ve been looking for a job myself for the past 6 months, with little jobs in between and too true what! They can’t seem to think beyond their commission!! Scarily, for a few where I was actually interested the agency COULDN’T ANSWER MY QUESTIONS!! They are more concerned with coercing you into a job interview hoping you’ll pass it then accept the offer, and giving you little (if any) feedback if the company DOESN’T like you (despite the grilling they give YOU after the interview!!).
    I work in sales myself so can usually hear when a prospect is lying to me but recruitment people lie so well it bothers me! I find that I’ve fobbed off, before I even realise THEY FOBBED ME OFF!! I guess if you haven’t got a soul, and your motivation is to make money (with an easy disregard for people) then I guess that is the sort of person who works in recruitment!!!

  6. @Geoff: It took me a really long time to find agents that I liked – it wasn’t an easy process. I hated dealing with agents that wanted me to rewrite my C.V., or agree to apply for jobs without knowing the first thing about the vacancy. A lot of agents wanted to offer me jobs in the defense sector – the company that I left was involved in this sector and I decided I didn’t want to do it anymore (search this blog for deathbots for details) – and in many cases I would be offered the same job three or four times a day. I ended up being very upfront with the agents that contacted me, telling them exactly what I was looking for and refusing to apply for a job without knowing what job/company I was applying for/to, the result of this was that 90% of the agents were scared off and I was left dealing only with agents genuinely interested in placing the right person in the right job. Hang on in there!

    Don’t worry about the graph of age vs bhp, there is no science to it, it’s a mixture of snobbery and petrol headedness (it’s a word!).

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