Luckily, the job sounded a bit dubious anyway. It would be looking after a bunch of Access databases that don't always work and that no-one in the company understands, which will all be replaced by a big new IT project (out-sourced to India) that is currently due in a year's time, though it was originally due last month.
- It might be challenging, even interesting.
- It will probably be entertainingly fucked up.
- It would put in the position of being office expert, which I like.
- 25 days holiday (I'm currently on 23) & an annual bonus scheme.
- Despite the interviewer's assurances, I don't rate my chances of having enough interesting work if and when all these databases are replaced.
- I don't want to specialise in Access (who would?) My current job contains enough Access to claim expertise in it should I wish to, but it also keeps my options open by also maintaining my skills in SQL Server, training, support, and so forth. This new job would limit my CV in a direction that I don't like.
Basically, I quite like my current job, but I think I've learned all I'm likely to and I'm not seeing any appealing prospect of expansion or advancement. Though I don't think that yesterday's job was for me, my reaction to the job-hunting process has reinforced my feeling that a change is in order. I certainly feel very energised by the prospect of something new, and I find myself already planning my leaving speech. It currently starts:
I can honestly say that it's been a genuine pleasure working alongside some of you, perfectly pleasant working with most of you, and a tiresome ordeal dealing with the rest.
Believe it or not, this is an improvement on my first (pithier but less fair) attempt which consisted solely of the following:
I think that my feelings can best be expressed in the timeless words of Dr. Dre:'Fuck y'all,