Week 46 – 21/07/19

Another week of job hunt fun. Three interviews, more applications and an offer of an interview next week kind of out of the blue. Lots of good progress and learning by doing. I also still have another offer to consider but I have to decide really what I want career wise.

One of my interviews was at the Dean Clough Mill in Halifax which is somewhere I worked 20 years ago as a labourer. Amazing to see how that place has evolved from the days when I was smashing up an rebuilding an old Sun Alliance office.

Two of my interview this week were with senior product people who had been doing this kind of role for a long time so it was good to test myself and also compare myself to them. Both were very smart, articulate and really nice people. I could see where I needed to improve to reach that level but I also was frustrated a little by the thought of things like If only I had done X or taken opportunity Y then just maybe. Futile thinking in some ways but also makes you focus on what maybe I should be focusing on more. Hard to do sometimes when you are neck deep in a role and don’t make the space for thinking about your future but that is just a shit excuse isn’t it?

I got a call out of the blue on Friday from a company that had approached me when I first announced I was leaving but I had heard nothing from for a few weeks so thought it was a no go. Turns out that was not the case and I had a great chat with their head of HR and I have a further interview next week. Was a great end to the weekend. I now have three things progressing really well in Sheffield which is a great feeling but I just want to get the right role accepted.

Went for lunch with an ex-colleague who was part of my team. Lovely to catch up and she gave me an amazing leaving gift. So gutted not to be continuing to work with good people at U Account but glad I got the chance to do so.

Went to my sons summer school concert. A very cute mixture of random songs including a million dreams form the greatest showman, the planets song by storybots and shotgun by George Ezra. Very enjoyable but something a little wrong about 5-7 year old’s singing about bikini bottoms and lager tops.

On Thursday I went to a beer tasting at hop hideout. My friend and I went a few years ago for a tasting and it was brilliant. Learnt so much about beer from Jules and it was great to go again but this time for a different chat. Jules knows so much about how beer is made but we actually spoke more about the beer industry and the challenges of what craft is today, the illusion of choice and how beer is getting distributed and sold. We also had some very nice beer. Support your local beer shop and go and drink at the hop hideout if you are in Sheffield.

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