A Change of Direction | The Yorkshire Dad of 4

The Countdown Begins

Today is the first day of June and also the month in which I will change jobs. After seven years in my current role I’m switching things up in my career with a bit of a change of direction and new working location.

I’ll still be employed in an IT role but after 18 years as an IT Manager I will no longer be in that kind of position. I’m excited for the change of focus and to be working with an exciting company at the top of their game in their marketplace.

I’ll also be trading my working location for something a little more close to home. In fact, it will be at home. Yes, I will officially be a home-worker!

Aside from a couple of days every few weeks when I’ll head to Wales for a some office time I will be based in my home office. It’s something I think most people can now appreciate after the past year or so. But, setting up a proper home office will hopefully give me that permanent feel of work, rather than the feeling of getting by.

Yes, you read correctly – Wales.

For the first time in my life I will be employed by a company outside of Yorkshire.!

It’s funny how life twists and turns sometimes. When I began serving my 3-months notice period in my current role I was heading for another IT Manager position in a food manufacturing business. But, a chance phone call led to an offer I couldn’t refuse.

The other part of the twist is that 10 years ago this week we were on holiday in Snowdonia and that is where my new employer is based.

Leaving a place you have given you heart and soul to for years is always difficult. I always strive to do the best job I can and put the effort in. The pat seven years have felt like a mammoth effort. On the one hand the time has flow by, suddenly the small children we brought with us when we moved here are growing up and the eldest two are now young adults.

But, on the other hand, it’s been an arduous project at times and has sapped everything from me. Sometimes days would seemingly go on forever. And then with the business changing, redundancies always lingering and the arrival of covid it really felt like I had nothing left to give.

So, with fourteen working days left (13 if you count the day off I have booked) I am on the final straight of a long notice period with pastures new in my sights.

Onwards and upwards…

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