Catching Up with My Past
My husband and I were talking about coincidences earlier. It seems that some of the jobs I had in the past were meant to be:
- The job at the estate agency that I interviewed for in the late 90s was not successful. They wanted to employ me, but I had been accepted by...
- A prestige car firm, which sounded much more up my street than selling houses.
- There I met a serial entrepreneur whose heart was in the right place. Turns out he knew my potential bosses at the estate agency, as they mixed in the same social circles.
- All peachy, right? Except that after a few months he, me and all the other people he had introduced to the firm found ourselves being laid off.
- I was therefore pleased to find the estate agency job being readvertised, due to the fact that the person they had appointed was leaving after a matter of months to follow her husband in his promotion. My former boss put in a good word for me, and I was hired, this time around.
- After a year, I was surprised to hear my former boss' voice on the answerphone, asking if I had some time to help him with his new venture. He had come into some money (he never told me the full details) and so had chosen to set up his own company .
- I spent some months working for him, not always happily, as it was a very hard job, as all startups are, but it was good to be working with him again.
- Meantime I sold his son my old car, and spent some time working with all his family in their various ventures.
- In late 2000, I had a cryptic message from the estate agency CEO, with whom I had kept in touch, telling me about a role at a local plumbers ' merchant 's head office. I was to attend interview between Christmas and New Year and was subsequently hired.
- Turned out that the brothers who ran the plumbers' merchant knew both the founders of the estate agency and my ex-boss from the car firm.
- These days, my mum sees the (now retired) estate agency boss and his wife socially, the plumbers' merchant was sold to a national company some years back (with redundancies in head office, where I was based) and my ex-boss from the car firm has built his company into a very successful family business with his two sons and around 30 other employees.
- Meantime the estate agency has expanded from the 12 offices they had when I was working for them to 21 offices and specialist departments. They have acquired several rival or smaller firms in the intervening time, maintaining the recognized names in some cases or rebranding in others.
- The car firm boss is still around too, having moved base a few times in the intervening years, but is still marketing prestige motor cars.
It's funny how networks work, isn't it?
PS: keyword 'network'. If you're arachnophobic, be aware this brings up all kinds of 'web' images on Pixabay (and their denizens...)!
Image Credit » Geralt, Pixabay. CC0 public domain image: http://pixabay.com/en/network-businessmen-circuit-577009/