Shock but no awe

I have a lot to be happy about at the moment. I have an amazing wife – I am so lucky to have her – and a healthy, beautiful daughter. I love my girls more than anything. We live in a nice part of the UK (Beeston in Nottingham) and have lots of great friends. I love my hobbies (brass banding and photography especially) and have many other reasons to be happy.

Life is great, but this was somewhat tempered yesterday by a rather shit day at work. My company, Ericsson, has come to the surprising decision to close our site in Ansty near Coventry. This is where I work and means that I will no longer have a job come the middle of next year.

I can almost understand their decision to move R&D activities overseas – much of it has already done so and most of our competitors already have strong presences in China and India – but we’d only moved into this building in June and thought that we’d be safe for a little while. How wrong we were.

You have to be philosophical about it, to a degree, and say “well, let’s take this as an opportunity to find a better job closer to home”, but I can’t adequately express how gutting this is, to lose a job that I enjoy.

It is just that – a job – and I’m confident that I can find something else, but at the moment I’m angry and upset at this decision. Understandably so. Outsourcing to low-cost countries is essential for companies wanting to be competitive in a world economy but the consequences to workers, and their families, in the so-called “developed” countries is extremely depressing. No doubt some of those sites that have escaped this time will suffer the same fate in the not-too-distant future.

I’m luckier than most. I have a talented wife who can look after me financially if I need to, but I don’t want that. I want my own meaningful career and that’s something that I’m going to make sure that I continue once this job expires sometime in Q2 2010.

I’m not letting this get me down, not too much. My anger and upset will pass and I still love my time with my wife and daughter. Life is still good – there’s just a nasty smudge appeared that will disappear sooner or later.


Tall. Likes brass bands. Tests your software

One reply to Shock but no awe

  1. Massive sympathies Dave, our thoughts are with you and “the girls” at this troubling time 🙁

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