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25 October 2013 @ 09:57 pm
Doing the happy-dance of my people.  
This has been the most extraordinary week, with so many things happening, about which I shall post over the coming few days.

But the big news - after 20 years, 10 months and 25 days I resigned my job with St.George Bank today. I've given four weeks' notice, so my official leaving date will be 22nd November. And the reason?

Yes, it actually happened for me. Finally. I start work on 2nd December as a Senior Credit Officer for Firstmac, a non-bank lending organisation. No more sales targets! Instead I can focus on what I love ie lending. I've been brought on board specifically for the complex self-employed / companies / trusts loans, and also for their newly-hatched Self Managed Super Fund home loans. They have sales people and a call centre to drum up the business; all I'll be doing is assessing and approving / declining the applications.

In a way it's scary. I'm walking away from an accumulated 9 months' worth of sick leave, and my holidays and long service leave will be reset to zero, but I have to think of my peace of mind. Seriously, my job was doing my head in. The constant worry about sales targets, the need to meet the 10-6-4 equation (10 applications, 6 approvals, 4 settlements per week) and the cross sale points that needed to be accrued - the pressure is relentless with teleconferences and pipeline calls and reports and "what are you going to do differently this week to make sure you get 10 applications" and all of the bullshit that goes with it - I am too old for this shit.

Added to that, the fact that I was going to be "invited to participate in a selection process" to see if I could keep my spot at my current branch... who needs that kind of stress. Seriously.

I'm getting a small pay rise but sacrificing bonus, so my annual income will be a fair bit less than it has been, but then I don't expect bonus and I don't live on it so that won't be so bad. My base salary is increasing, so that's a good thing!

But the best thing is that this job will let me concentrate on the aspects of my current job that I love ie lending. That is my passion. Making all of the pieces fit, and if they don't fit, rearranging them until they do. It's like putting a jigsaw puzzle together.

I'm so excited! Nervous, but that's to be expected. Bring on the 2nd December!
Current Mood: excitedexcited
KimberlyFDR: Coolkimberlyfdr on October 25th, 2013 12:36 pm (UTC)
miwahni: S&H Tomatomiwahni on October 26th, 2013 07:54 am (UTC)
Thank you!!
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] HUGS DIPS TWIRLSdraycevixen on October 25th, 2013 01:11 pm (UTC)

What fantastic news!

Job happiness counts for an enormous amount given how much of our lives we actually spend working. And getting to concentrate on the piece of it you love? So much the better.

miwahni: MFU  Fascinatingmiwahni on October 26th, 2013 07:56 am (UTC)
*gets dizzy from the twirling*

Thank you! This is something I've wanted to do for a long time and have had a number of knockbacks over the years, so to finally have someone say Yes is just amazing.
entropy_houseentropy_house on October 25th, 2013 02:54 pm (UTC)
I wish you good fortune and happiness at your new job. It sounds as though it's a perfect fit for you. :^)
miwahni: B7 BlakeAvon Watching over youmiwahni on October 26th, 2013 07:56 am (UTC)
Thank you! I think it will be a perfect fit, working for a smaller organisation again and doing what I love.
Newsy: squeenewsy891 on October 25th, 2013 02:58 pm (UTC)
ABOUT TIME! As much pain as the old job has caused you, they fully deserve your exit. Congrats and here's to a healthier and happier next chapter!
miwahni: Pros Squeemiwahni on October 26th, 2013 07:59 am (UTC)
Thank you for your wishes! I loved my old job, once back in the day. But it's been souring for a while now, as you'd know by reading my journal.
byslantedlight: BD Blackout gleebyslantedlight on October 25th, 2013 03:08 pm (UTC)
Oh that's brilliant - well done, you! *g*
miwahni: Pros Make you happymiwahni on October 26th, 2013 07:59 am (UTC)
Thank you! :D
Merlin Pendragon: dragonmrlnpndrgn on October 25th, 2013 03:35 pm (UTC)
You're braver that I am, walking away from a 20 year job!

Congratulations on the move!
miwahni: MFU  Fascinatingmiwahni on October 26th, 2013 08:01 am (UTC)
Thank you! Don't know if you'd call it bravery, I'm thinking of it as a lifestyle choice. Begone, target stress! I'm sure there will be different stressors but at least I won't be constantly worrying about the number of credit cards I've sold this month etc etc.
Merlin Pendragon: exercise hard eat fiber die anywaymrlnpndrgn on October 26th, 2013 02:25 pm (UTC)
I'm all about less stress from the job! I never had targets to meet (unless you count implementation deadlines on software upgrades), but there were others stressors.

They were the main reasons for retiring when I did.

I wish you plenty of success, and a more balanced life.

Calise: CaliGirlUmbrellacali_se on October 25th, 2013 07:31 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! :)
miwahni: Boosh Tundra rapmiwahni on October 26th, 2013 08:01 am (UTC)
Thank you!
moonlightmead on October 26th, 2013 09:38 am (UTC)
New jobs are always worth congratulations, but this sounds like an especially welcome one. What you describe doing sounds impossibly complex and baffling to me, so I am delighted that you like doing it! Well done, and I hope it lives up to all its promise!
miwahni: Pros BD tablemiwahni on October 26th, 2013 01:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much, I hope it lives up to its promise too! I've been finding all these reasons why it's a bad idea to change jobs right now, but am steadfastly ignoring them - I'll always find a reason why I should stay safe and stay put, and if I listen to those reasons I'll still be going mental in another 15 years' time. It's now or never!
anonpussynamer: egyptienneanonpussynamer on October 28th, 2013 05:09 pm (UTC)
Certainly got a big shock when you told me about this - but if I didn't say congrats then, I'm saying it now! CONGRATULATIONS!! *Hugs* from us all and I really hope that things are going to be looking up for you now. It's a big leap, isn't it, but it will be all worth it. :)
miwahni: Pros BD tablemiwahni on October 28th, 2013 08:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks mate :-) . It's a huge leap but you've no idea how un-stressed I've felt since I made the decision to jump. I feel likt a massive weight has been lifted off me; the knot in my stomach has disappeared and my shoulder muscles are no longer rock-hard.
It was great to see you over the weekend; I still have to post about that!
anonpussynamer: egyptienneanonpussynamer on October 29th, 2013 01:38 pm (UTC)
I'm so pleased to know you are feeling so much better and can imagine the feeling of losing that weight (happened when I left work years ago) - it's good isn't it?

Yay for seeing each other on the weekend too - had a great time and I think even the furry ones enjoyed themselves too. :)
miwahnimiwahni on October 31st, 2013 12:03 pm (UTC)
Ironically I've had one of my best weeks ever for approvals - $1,767,000 as at close of business today - and it looks as though I would have blitzed my target this quarter - but I don't care. I'm just so glad to be moving out of that role, you've no idea.