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Posted by | Posted in Finance, The 9-To-5 Droll | Posted on 05-11-2008

“Should the Iranian regime-do they have the sovereign right to have civilian nuclear power? So, like, if I were you, that’s what I’d ask me. And the answer is, yes, they do.”

Yesterday, everyone at my workplace was given the delightful news that the company still predicts that, due to the current financial climate, it won’t be making as much profit as previously thought, and so it was asking for everyone to pull together to come up with ideas to help save money. Oh, and it also asked if anyone would be happy to take voluntary redundancy.

What cracks me up is how they are trying to dress up the fact that people are almost certainly going to lose their jobs by reassuring everyone that “nobody’s job is under threat yet”. Firstly, people have already been made redundant. Two or three months ago there were a few layoffs for the same reasons. Then came the “job evaluations”, whereby each position within the company was (or should I say, will be – they haven’t actually gone ahead with it yet) ranked alongside other jobs to see which ones are superfluous to requirements. I’m not sure if this is still going to be the case, because yesterday, as I say, we were asked if there was anyone who might take voluntary redundancy. I imagine that if there is, then the other jobs may not be at so much risk.

My current position is that I’m the Junior of two web developers. I imagine that if either of us were to get the chop, it would be me, although I suspect that neither web developer position would actually be under threat. Despite other areas needing to reduce their workforce, there is still a need for web developers to keep the systems running… for the employees that are left, that is.

So I’m in a bit of a pickle. I’m tempted to see what they might offer me in terms of a voluntary redundancy package, and I’m also ready for a change. Not just in my job, but my life in general. Would now be a good time to take the plunge into self employment? It’s something I’ve been thinking about from the word go, and I know that I have the technical skills (and hopefully business sense) to be able to do it, but is it the wisest thing to be doing withCredit Crunchy Nut being what it is?

The housing market is still crashing, which means there will soon come a time when I’ll actually be able to afford to buy a house… which I’ll need a job for. A steady one (well, as steady as they can get these days). I also feel as though I need to do something different for a change, and meet new people. Again, aside form joining a club, a job is the best thing for that. However, working for myself would mean that I would have to meet many clients (with any luck!) and so that would also be a great way to meet people.

I also need to learn to drive, and run a car, of course. Which again, a job would be very handy for, especially with oil prices being what they are.

So I guess it comes down to one of two choices – either staying where I am, and securing a steady income for things like a house and a car, but not creating the chance for change that I need; or, I can take voluntary redundancy and risk not having any income at all, no car, no house, and no job, but being able to do something (or at least try and do something) that I’ve always wanted to do.

Oh and in other news, Obama wins! Lets hope he manages to change the US for the better and get our troops out of those hell-holes that Bush decided to put them in. It’s always new and exciting when a new leader, especially one for a country as powerful as the US, comes into power, so lets hope he can make some real changes. Good luck to the guy! There’s more than enough coverage of it all on every news website and TV station in existence, so that’s enough said about it from me.

My condolences go out to the residents of Middlesbrough – it’s fireworks night tonight so the place will look and sound like an American bombing of Afghanistan. Well, more so.

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