Kiwirob
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Last Day

Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:14 pm

Today I had my last office day, after 12.5 years in the same company, next Friday will be my last day of employment, I get one weeks gardening leave and on the 20th I start my new job. I was headhunted by a competitor, that felt nice.

Monday will be a strange one, I get to sleep in. My new company is located 684km from where I live, so it will be a home office for me. It will be strange staying home with just the dog and cat for company. Does anyone else have home office?

All in all I’m pretty stoked, new company, new opportunities and a crap load more travel in the future.
 
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Re: Last Day

Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:59 pm

That’s super cool! Not having a clear view on the future is sometimes difficult and sometimes liberating. From the way you have written this if feels like it’s the latter and that’s great!

What industry are you in?

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Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:28 pm

flipdewaf wrote:
That’s super cool! Not having a clear view on the future is sometimes difficult and sometimes liberating. From the way you have written this if feels like it’s the latter and that’s great!

What industry are you in?

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It’s very liberating, since my job changed in August last year to a position which I did not enjoy and was not suited I’ve been trying to put my best foot forward, but when you have a manager who you can’t see eye to eye with there was only one option, so I started l passively looking in late November and landed a new job in December.

I worked for a lighting company, my specialty is marine lighting, with a bit of EX lighting thrown in on the side, my new employer is in the same industry but wee a bit more specialised. I’ve been responsible for some pretty cool projects, hanger deck lighting for the UK aircraft carriers and unfortunately due to sanctions the first two of the three new Russian icebreakers, I won all three but we had to cancel the last order due to my former employer following US sanctions not the Norwegian or EU ones which allowed the project. I’ve also sold to the India IAC project, I got to go onboard her at the yard, which was pretty cool.
 
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Re: Last Day

Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:48 pm

Congrats on the new career move. I often wonder how liberating it would be to change jobs and drop 20 years of technical inside knowledge that gets me great pay, but is useless elsewhere.
I take a lot of international standards, but it would be years to come up to speed on other products. Most companies want me for Travel jobs , but i can't commit to that kind of time away from home at this stage.
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Re: Last Day

Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:45 pm

Congratulations Rob, always good to hear things like this. I wish you success and hope you enjoy the new job (I can see just the change itself was good).

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Re: Last Day

Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:31 pm

Kiwirob wrote:
Today I had my last office day, after 12.5 years in the same company, next Friday will be my last day of employment, I get one weeks gardening leave and on the 20th I start my new job. I was headhunted by a competitor, that felt nice.

Monday will be a strange one, I get to sleep in. My new company is located 684km from where I live, so it will be a home office for me. It will be strange staying home with just the dog and cat for company. Does anyone else have home office?

All in all I’m pretty stoked, new company, new opportunities and a crap load more travel in the future.


Congrats Rob! A change like this is always for the better - new learning experiences, new people, new contacts. I did have experience of such remote work and, while such arrangement is really marketable, my findings is that there are severe downsides to it as well.

I wish you to pay more attention to social opportunities with others - while you are traveling and when you are around your home. It’s very easy to lose social skills and allow people to forget about you in this remote work arrangement. Also - visit company’s office frequently, maybe every 1-2 weeks. Don’t be lazy to get on a train or flight periodically, otherwise you will forget about people’s expectations, they will forget about you, and you will have tougher time maintaining your professional status and reputation with the company.

For me, after a while, such opportunity did not quite pan out and I found that I prefer a traditional office job, where work is work and home is home.
 
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Re: Last Day

Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:34 pm

Kiwirob wrote:
I worked for a lighting company, my specialty is marine lighting, with a bit of EX lighting thrown in on the side, my new employer is in the same industry but wee a bit more specialised. I’ve been responsible for some pretty cool projects, hanger deck lighting for the UK aircraft carriers and unfortunately due to sanctions the first two of the three new Russian icebreakers, I won all three but we had to cancel the last order due to my former employer following US sanctions not the Norwegian or EU ones which allowed the project. I’ve also sold to the India IAC project, I got to go onboard her at the yard, which was pretty cool.


Ouch, I feel for you. What an unfortunate way to lose such business and professional opportunity! Those icebreakers, obviously, are related to Arctic gas and oil reserves and have nothing to do with either of Ukraine or Middle East. Just an unfair and dishonest competition, nothing else.
 
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Re: Last Day

Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:08 am

anrec80 wrote:
Kiwirob wrote:
I worked for a lighting company, my specialty is marine lighting, with a bit of EX lighting thrown in on the side, my new employer is in the same industry but wee a bit more specialised. I’ve been responsible for some pretty cool projects, hanger deck lighting for the UK aircraft carriers and unfortunately due to sanctions the first two of the three new Russian icebreakers, I won all three but we had to cancel the last order due to my former employer following US sanctions not the Norwegian or EU ones which allowed the project. I’ve also sold to the India IAC project, I got to go onboard her at the yard, which was pretty cool.


Ouch, I feel for you. What an unfortunate way to lose such business and professional opportunity! Those icebreakers, obviously, are related to Arctic gas and oil reserves and have nothing to do with either of Ukraine or Middle East. Just an unfair and dishonest competition, nothing else.


It’s the three nuclear icebreakers being built at Baltisky Verf. I also sold the lighting for the all the ice breakers built at Vyborg and the ice breaking tug for Yamal LNG.

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