I apologise for not being around this past week or so, but there is good reason. For the past two weeks I've been snowed under with job interviews. It's not so much that they took up a lot of time but that they drained me of energy. I couldn't muster any more enthusiasm than it takes to turn on the TV and make a sandwich.
I've had four or five interviews in the past fortnight, and I'd lost hope by this morning. I had a follow-up interview last Friday that went, I thought, terribly. I stumbled on a few questions and ended up staring at the wall, speechless, for what felt like hours before a half-formed answer crept into my head. This morning I drove out to Rochdale to interview with a financial recruitment firm, and it was 100% awful. I stumbled blindly through an impromptu role-play and saw the look of pity in the interviewers eyes. I clearly wasn't right for the job.
So. I got home and sat brooding in front of the TV. I was all ready to write a post about the pointlessness of university, and how I would have been much better off if I'd spent those four years getting a bit of work experience under my belt instead. The phone rang, and it was the guy who interviewed me on Friday calling with some 'feedback', the traditional conversational introduction to 'I'm sorry, but we've decided to go with another candidate'. But no. He was calling to offer me the position - and at a higher salary than I'd been expecting. I start next Wednesday in the oil and gas department, allowing me a few days to get my affairs in order and enjoy a final few days of sloth before re-entering the rat race.
As an added bonus I can now stop worrying about how I'm going to bankroll the trip to Mongolia. With the salary I've been offered I can just put aside a small percentage every month and have money to spare. If I play my cards right I can also start looking for a place to live that isn't owned by my parents. Because, y'know, there's a certain age at which that becomes embarrassing, and I think I passed it a couple of years ago.
Right. I'm off to see my mate's little boy and then go for a few games of pool. I hope your day is as good as mine.