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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:

  1. The job at the estate that I interviewed for in the late 90s was not successful. They wanted to employ me, but I had been accepted by...
  2. A prestige firm, which sounded much more up my street than selling houses.
  3. There I met a serial whose heart was in the right place. Turns out he knew my potential bosses at the agency, as they mixed in the same social circles.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 put in a good word for me, and I was hired, this time around.
  6. 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 .
  7. 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.
  8. Meantime I sold his son my old car, and spent some time working with all his family in their various ventures.
  9. 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 ' 's head office. I was to attend interview between Christmas and New Year and was subsequently hired.
  10. 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.
  11. 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 with his two sons and around 30 other employees.
  12. 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.
  13. 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 work, isn't it?

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GemstonePink wrote on February 22, 2015, 7:05 PM

That is a fabulous example of networking. Amazing how all those links connected. Mind-boggling.

seren3 wrote on February 22, 2015, 8:09 PM

Quite a web of connections! Glad it worked out for you.

Mommyjen wrote on February 22, 2015, 9:50 PM

It's really pays to have good relationships with people around us. It builds up connections

BodieMor wrote on February 22, 2015, 10:58 PM

A good example of life weaving its tapestry...

Dawnwriter wrote on February 23, 2015, 9:40 AM

Wow. Quite an amazing story. We have a saying which means "everyone has a the same nani..(grandma from mother's side) which means that if you look hard enough you will find some connection to a person either through work, family,friendship or word of mouth.

AliCanary wrote on February 23, 2015, 2:10 PM

Wow, it all sounds a bit incestuous, like you live in a very small town and everyone knows each other's business!

WordChazer wrote on February 23, 2015, 5:06 PM

It felt like that for a while too. It's only now that I can appreciate the good everyone was trying to do for me.

valmnz wrote on February 23, 2015, 6:10 PM

Sometimes who you know really is important. Therefore it's important that you do a job so that others want you as well, as you've certainly found out.

Coffee wrote on February 24, 2015, 8:16 AM

I love stories like this and how it all links together!

maxeen wrote on February 28, 2015, 8:40 AM

Amazing how things just happen,are they coincidences?

WordChazer wrote on February 28, 2015, 9:41 AM

Only one that I could immediately see - when the estate agency CEO rang me to tell me to show up for the interview at the plumbers' merchants. Apparently the two executives had been talking at the 19th hole of their golf club one day. The plumbers' merchant's owner was lamenting that he couldn't find a staff member to fill this role, and the estate agency CEO knew that I have a bit of a thing about databases. The rest of them just happen to be quirks of fate, I think.

maxeen wrote on February 28, 2015, 9:50 AM

So! If the ball had got stuck in the water, or whatever, they might not have been at the place where they were talking,weird...

cheri wrote on February 28, 2015, 10:13 PM

I heard someone said that there is no such thing as coincidence. I like to believe that.