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This is where I'm at

After yesterday's caper, I'd thought I'd feel much happier -- but in reality, I feel rather lukewarm about the job I've been offered with the bank. I suspect that a big part of this is due to the fact that I have not had to exert myself to get it, as I got in through being referred by a friend. Who has worked really hard on my behalf behind the scenes, which I appreciate, but...I would have liked to have got there on my own merit.

Also, I'm not really sure that I'm not still hankering after the job with Diageo. Who called yesterday to let me know I did sufficiently well in the assessment round last week to go through to the next stage in their selection process. I didn't tell them I'd already half-accepted another job...and will continue to put my best foot forward until they're ready to either hire me or ditch me.

Because the job at the bank, from the description of its responsibilities, doesn't really fire my rockets. It's safe and secure, the secondary terms of employment are excellent, but I'm used to working in a fast-paced, informal and international environment whereas this seems more sedate and is more formal...and it lacks the international component I enjoy so much, as this particular business bank operates and focusses entirely on the Dutch market. Which in today's economic climate may be a blessing, I don't know. There's not much chance of it going under because of unwise speculation in the American markets, that's for sure.

Anyway, I've still got some time to make up my mind once and for all. If all goes well, we'll sign the contracts next week, but I won't actually start in the job until Nov 1st (this is because M. wants to personally supervise me in the first few months; she will be on holiday for the next two weeks, and I will be in New York in the last week of Oct).

To me, this month's respite is very welcome for another reason as well: after 5 days of treatment with anti-inflammatories and physiotherapy, my sciatica hasn't shown any signs of lessening in intensity, and my GPs are now thinking of sending me for a scan.


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Sep. 26th, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Whatever happens, I hope it works out for the best for you.
Sep. 26th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you. There is one thing I like about the environment I'm about to enter into: I like the people I've met so far at the bank...
Sep. 26th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
Sorry about the sciatica

And in my experience a safe job that keeps the bills paid is no bad thing, plus it's easier to find another job when you're already working
Sep. 26th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
Sorry about the sciatica

Thank you! Yes, it's very bad ::whimpers:: Funnily enough, the only time I haven't felt it this week was when I was actually being interviewed -- adrenaline must be nature's own painkiller. Sadly, it wore off pretty quickly after.

a safe job that keeps the bills paid is no bad thing

True...and I just want to be in work! I'm not cut out for all this loafing about, and 12 weeks of it is really quite long enough!
Sep. 26th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
the job with Diageo. Who called yesterday to let me know I did sufficiently well in the assessment round last week to go through to the next stage in their selection process.
okay, I'll be honest, I've never even heard of diageo before you went on your job hunt, but seriously: are they a secret sub-group of the C.I.A.? how many more stages could there be? this seems ridiculous, are there like a 1000 applicants for one job?

the bank job doesn't seem so bad to me, though, like you said, safe and secure... I guess it all depends on what you're looking for, but from my (unexperienced, fresh-outta-college) perspective, any job is better than no job :)
Sep. 27th, 2008 01:01 pm (UTC)
any job is better than no job

It is, and it isn't. To be stuck in the wrong job can make a body very unhappy, as I have found out to my cost...Still, I suppose I could stick with it for a year, and look out for something more inspiring in the meantime.

I'd never heard of Diageo Plc either, until they asked me to apply. I've had one interview and an assessment round, and I think there's two more interviews after this...which come to think of it is exactly the same selection process as I've only ever experienced once before, when I went for a job with the Dutch secret service...and then you're right: it does seem to be a bit excessive. But it keeps you hungry...;-)
Sep. 27th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
it's me, Paula
Are you regularly icing your back? I have had two bouts of sciatica in the past and found that icing for 15 minutes on and then off repeatedly really really kills the pain. And start doing back stretches just as soon as you can stand the pain
Sep. 29th, 2008 07:45 am (UTC)
Re: it's me, Paula
Hi Paula! Thanks for the advice -- unfortunately, neither ice packs nor hot pads bring any relief; and what's worse, nor do the anti-inflammatories that used to work on earlier occurences. Yet still my doctors are not convinced it's neurological in nature, since I test negatively to their hernia exam (which means I can lie on my back and lift my leg in more than a 60 degree angle without any noticeable increase in pain, though I would describe the agony I'm in already as quite excruciating enough, thank you very much). So for now I'm just carrying on with the physio and as much rest as I can possibly get -- lying still inbetween bouts of activity is the only way to bring the pain back to manageable levels; or that's the way I'm coping with it, at least.
Dec. 6th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
Re: it's me, Paula
I think you need a physiotherapist at home for your convenience. The pain in such condition is awful I know it GOD help you....

Hope you get well soon

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Dec. 6th, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
Re: it's me, Paula
I think you need a physiotherapist at home for your convenience.

Unfortunately, here in Holland, that's not an option. One goes to see a physiotherapist, or a chiropractor, or a doctor...they don't make house calls :(.

I had physio sessions for about 4 weeks; then I went to work and have had no time to continue with it. I'm much better than I was in September, yet still achey...
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