I fly to Oman on Tuesday to begin the first major assignment under the banner of my Company Total HR and Employee Relations. I am excited about the prospect. In reflecting on my journey for which I owe my family a great deal of thanks I started to reflect on the journey to this point and it has certainly been a learning experience.
When I got laid off in December 2016 after a combined period of more than 10 years with the one employer the first question that arises, particularly as an expat is the one that says " My son is in school here and is doing well where he is" So when you get laid off not only you but your family is being negatively impacted. So the solution for that for us was to set up the company which enabled us to stay here so that our son could finish his education.
So the company was established and I have been fully engaged in the pursuit of finding the best vehicle to provide financial security and stability for my family and myself while at the same time as dealing with the issues of leaving a very long term employment relationship. This is where outplacement services are, in my opinion crucial but unfortunately not all companies provide them. Like everyone else who had been thrown into the job market after a long period away from it I quickly learnt about ATS and came up to speed with things like resume black holes. I also learnt to work within the framework of lengthy processes as well I am pleased to say though that when I was interviewed I usually made it a fair way along the process including to the final round.
On the business side of things I recognised that building brand awareness was key and that is why I have sought to raise my profile in Social Media. I am pleased to say that this has paid off and my website has been seen in over 60 countries. I have also developed some good relationships with clients and partners along the way. I have also learnt more about the administrative issues of running a business. The downside was that, particularly in the back half of 2017 things were quiet with some projects not proceeding but that is a normal part of the business cycle
So I now believe that one way or the other I have a good base to build from which is why I say that yes I have come a long way but there is still a long way to go to get my family and I back to where we were. I am mindful of what Churchill said after the Battle of El Alamein " This is not the end. it is not even the beginning of the end, it is perhaps the end of the beginning" My goal is to take us back to where we were and beyond that.
For those also on a similar journey I think the lessons are patience and never give up