I had a chat with a friend this morning.
He lives 8,000 miles away, and I have never met him in person, but we chat, and occasionally link up using video, so that’s the next best thing.
He has recently been made redundant and is now desperately seeking work. On the other hand, here am I doing my best to avoid it.
When I left college back in the late 60s, I hadn’t a clue what was to come next. I picked up the phone directory, selected six companies more or less at random, and I wrote to them.
The first company to reply gave me an interview straight away, and I got the job. A week later, another of the six replied, so I did an interview there too. I got that, so I got myself sacked from the first company after two weeks, and started in the next on the following Monday at double the salary.
I stayed with them for a couple of years and then applied for a job in RTE. I got that so moved in there.
I was with RTE for the best part of thirty years.
I did manage to get myself sacked there too, when I called the boss a fucking wanker and a total waste of space. I was reinstated half an hour later by his manager who agreed that he was a fucking wanker and a total waste of space.
I left RTE in 2001 and started my own business, which did very well. The only problem now is that I’m getting too old for that game and would like to get out of it. I want to retire properly, and take up writing or something. But the business is harder to kill that I expected.
So here I am, doing my best to get out of work, and I get talking to someone who is looking for work. Unfortunately he is in a different field of work or else I would gladly pass on my clients.
I have never know unemployment. I never will know it now. I have been lucky.
I wish there was something I could do for my friend though.