Well, this sucks…

I’m home early today. That sounds like fun at first glance, but you’ve read the topic of this post, so it won’t be a surprise that the reason for being home early isn’t that great.

Today, the unit manager asked me to follow him and a colleague to a room and there they told me that they feel that I am not a good match with the company; based on my profile and their experience with me so far they feel that a loan-job (it’s apparently called that way in English when you are sent to different customers) is not suitable for me. We talked for a while and, to be honest, I agree from their point of view; being at home regularly and having structure in my work is something that I desire, but they cannot guarantee that.

Don’t get me wrong: This sucks!

Crap, I just got fired…

I’m going to spend the rest of the day eating Chinese food and relaxing. Tomorrow, I’m going to start job-hunting again and this time I know that I should look closer to home.

10 Replies to “Well, this sucks…”

  1. 1

    I’m sorry to hear that. Did you like the job itself and is it something you want to pursue somewhere else? Or do you want to be more creative rather than destructive (because in my opinion, testing tends to be more destructive than creative).

    You’re lucky to be in Eindhoven and there are plenty of interesting companies around. Good luck, I’ll probably read it here when you find something new πŸ™‚

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    Did you like the job itself…

    Actually, no. That’s why I’m also rather relieved that things went the way they did. The past month, I’ve discovered numerous things about testing. One of them is that I’d rather do it to something I built πŸ˜‰

    Another discovery is that I was one of the two people in a group of 22-25 people who had an IT background. This is one of the reasons that the few trainings that we had (the rest was introductory talk) had low information density. It must sound awfully arrogant, but I felt that it would not benefit my knowledge and might even devalue me because I felt this is far below my level of education.

    The unit manager’s decision was a good one, I feel I wouldn’t be happy with a loan-job in testing and he saw it too.

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    Java in industry. I see visions of tall glass towers, people with neck ties, awfully slow websites written with beans and class inheritance trees with a depth of at least 20.

    Anyway, reality might slightly differ, so good luck at the meeting next week! πŸ™‚

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    Hi! Yes, this sucks. I hope your next job will suit you better! By the way (based on your blog) it doesn’t surprise me at all that this has happened. I probably would have done the same if I was your manager. The good news is that you now know better what does and does not suit you. And (difficult to explain in English) wie betaalt, bepaalt en dat is altijd de werkgever. As an employee you have to follow the rules of the organization. If those rules and/or the job do not match enough with you as a person, it is better to say goodbye than halfhartedly stay. Anyway, change is gonna come (again) but in a different way than you thought. FYE: I didn’t like the company’s website. Far too much information, a bit messy and not enough structure… Enjoy your time off and your search for another job! xx

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    Thanks! πŸ˜€ I’m sure I’ll find something new, let’s just see what happens next Tuesday. I’ve also called another company and next week I should hear from them, too.

    See you Saturday?

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    I’m sorry to hear that things didn’t work out with your employer. Don’t take this rejection (if you can call it that way) too hard though. I know there are plenty of companies out there that are almost killing each other to recruit academic ICT students. You are more than skilled enough for the majority of jobs out there, searching a little longer probably increases your odds of finding the job that is perfect for you.

    Besides, you can always become a PHP programmer in the meantime ;). Good luck finding a new job!

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    Thanks for your kind words πŸ™‚ I’m looking around for jobs. The interview I have tomorrow is at a relatively small company in Eindhoven who design and implement websites, webshops and mobile applications. I’m reading a bit about J2EE right now. Tomorrow we will see if the work environment suits me.

    Also, I find that I am repelled by grammar and spelling mistakes in job vacancies. “De opdrachtgever ontwikkeld hiervoor eigen software zodat ze kunnen werken met de nieuwste technologieΓ«n. […] Je bedenkt en ontwikkeld softwareoplossingen die op maat zijn gemaakt voor de klanten.” Shudder. (At least they’re consistent, but still.. shudder.)

    Besides, you can always become a PHP programmer in the meantime ;).

    ha-ha very funny πŸ˜‰

    Edit: Oh, cool, someone we know works there! πŸ˜€

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