On to pastures new…..for a bit!


I have some great news to share with you all. Not before time I hear you cry! Well I’m so excited about it I could just wet myself here and now.

It’s been a frantic couple of months. I have been released from my usual job to help with a special project. It involves the complete move of 3 office areas, including 2 large retail offices/windows, in to a whole new retail space and private offices. No small undertaking considering the customers base we serve. I have been working towards the customer facing side of it. Making sure that the staff and customers experience of it has been as seamless as possible. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to big up my own part in this. I’ve not been been dealing with all the in depth IT, building work etc. My role simply put was to prep the offices, move them and get the ready for day one.

It has been a learning curve, senior mangers, my manager asking for various things to be done whilst organising the packing up of the offices and 55 members of staff. Some of the first few days when opening my emails was like…aaarrrgggghhhhhh! How many emails can one manager send in a day. Then there were the endless briefings and safety talks. As I was doing tours around the building site I have to be all competent etc. this was something I had never done before and was very scary at first but I got into my flow and there some really hot builders to keep me going back for more.

So we come to switchover weekend and it is madness. Friday, known as the calm before the storm was a very productive day indeed, got loads done, chucked out loads of 80’s and 90’s crap. I mean honestly what’s the point of keeping paperwork from 20 years ago. You know I even asked someone who was keen on keeping everything what was the point of keeping it and the muppet said, ‘You never know when you might need it’. I ask you now dear reader, do you think in 2013 we will need the price list and restrictions of Rail Rovers from 1988 or telephone numbers of companies that no longer exist? If you have answered ‘Yes’ to this, I’m sorry for you. If you shouted out ‘Hell No!’, your my new best friend.

It was very therapeutic to do the chucking out and I had my secret weapon with me, DG, as ruthless as me and someone that will work so hard to get the job done. Myself and they guys that worked that weekend deserved a medal for all the hard work we put in. I myself had been chosen to do the night shift over the Saturday to Sunday to m are all was ready for opening on Sunday morning at 7am. This is sadly where it all fell apart. DG ran the day shift and she did loads and got the staff back office areas ready. I was left with the retail office and the store room.

Well a long story short, I know you are all saying ‘too late’, it all got done. Well it all is a bit generous, the office was ready to go with the desk tops and retail areas ready to go. The cupboards for stock were thinned out as the store room was a mammoth task in itself. It didn’t help that the guy helping me had packed the last bits of the old office and bought everything that wasn’t nailed done. I ended up wadding through boxes full of shite to find the relevant bits. In all I ended up breaking the law and working just under 14 hours. I awaited the Station Managers arrival, she hugged me, this was a shock, got my thanks and pats on the back and then home time. To be honest if they had said stick a uniform on and sell some tickets I probably would have. My head hit the pillow and I was out like a light, a job well done.

Now the good news I mentioned at the beginning of this drivel. A few days before the move I had an interview for a job, within the same company, to be a trainer. Well stressed wasn’t the word for the interview. With all the station move and then added interview stress it was a miracle I was able to stand in front of them and do my presentation and not drop to the floor in a quiver sweat and tears. I am sure you have twigged by now that I have got the job. It is a 12 month maternity cover secondment but it is gonna be a huge learning opportunity and I’m grasping it with both hands.

2013 has been an excellent year so far for me. My station manager reminded me of something I said to her at the beginning of the year, she said that I had said that 2013 was my year to shine. So far it has been. The work I have done on the move was enough for me to show my talents and I have heard that it has got me noticed, in a good way. Rumours I know but I had heard that where development opportunities coming my way because of the work that an had done. This would have been amazing but know I have the opportunity to do something completely different and take my career in a direction I had never even thought of until some very good friends of mine said that I would be very good at it.

His Lordship and Dominique have been my strongest supporters and without whom I may not have had the confidence in myself to progress the way I have. My Station Manager, whilst not always having the best relationship, for a long time I think she didn’t think I had the confidence and abilities to do what I have accomplished. It has been a pleasure working with her and she has never stopped supporting me fully with the station move and in my job application and interview.

I don’t why I felt the need to share all this with you, maybe to big myself up and tell people what I have achieved as I’m not very good at doing it. Never been one to sing my own praises and I get embarrassed when people heap praise on me.

Anyway I’ll leave you with this deep thought……I GOT THE JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!