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I learn new things everyday. 🙂

Recently, I’ve been learning to discover about myself (not so interesting) and others (interesting).

One of the most important characteristics is how we are charged, i.e. where we’ve got the energy from. Some get it from socialising, communicating with others ( The Extrovert). Some get it from books, computers and themselves (The Introvert). They can be loud, they can be quiet, or can swing from one to another at times. But it’s not the problem. However, funny enough, extrovert people can turn into introvert ones when they meet very dominant character, if under stress, you might see them going to a corner and sobbing. :-/

It’s very interesting thing to see people under tough situations. Some burst their anger, some swallow it in; some scream, and some others bite their lips and keep silent; some grow stronger, some others need mental counselling and treatments; some quit, and some keep going… It’s life. And it’s FUN!

btw, I’m neither of those. I’m the one who is happy with a hidden strawberry:-)



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Yes, it is a mental game. Mental, I mean a Crazy Mind Game. It’s a game between the employer and the candidate. I’ve been in these two positions. The game is always the same.
And here’s my conclusion: It’s just a matter of who’s more desperate!

Ideal case:

If the company is having good reputation, rewarding jobs, good budget for the employees, a lot of applications of potential calibre candidates will be received. And they can choose the most suitable ones for the job. Perfect! Everyone’s happy. That’s the ideal situation. It happens in life, but not so often, I’m afraid.

More realistic cases:

Tom, for example, might be so fed up of his current job. He can breathe no more in his office. He wanted to get away as soon as possible. But he couldn’t afford staying out of job. He saw an advert of a potentially good job for him. And the salary read: Negotiable. He applied. He liked the job, but the salary turned out to be so unbelievably low. After thinking, and thinking, and thinking… He decided to get the job. In this case, he’s the desperate one. After working there for sometime, he realised he was so underpaid and the job eventually might not be worthy. He decided to leave.

The company is now advertising the position again. Of course, with a tight budget. Calibres ask for good money, so not many will apply. The so-so apply but also want more money. Just the not-so-competent ones are happy. So many have been rejected because the company doesn’t want to pay more. Alright. Tom’s leaving day is coming closer. The company needs to get someone to replace him, and quick! That’s when the employer is desperate. Finally, they would accept anyone, who might have half of his brain and ask for almost twice as much Tom’s earning. And the company has no other choice but say Yes.

So, here’s the tip:

If you can avoid desperate situations, do it. Desperation normally doesn’t bring wise decisions.

Otherwise, bring your Good Luck in your interview 🙂

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My lazy weekend

I love enjoying my lazy weekend.

I love my lazy weekend, when I don’t have to get up early to go to work or snooze the alarm almost 5 times until I can finally make a move.
I love my lazy weekend, when I don’t have to choose either to have breakfast or to run to work.
I love my lazy weekend, although it’s nothing but reading my favourite books, listening to my favourite songs and looking up the blue sky through the green leaves of the chestnut by the house.
In between, it could be a nap where the dreams are always happy, no nightmare at all, because it can only be ‘day mare’… 🙂

I guess that’s why, for me, Monday is Blue.
On Monday, half of the office is absent. People “pull a sickie” for having a hangover from the weekend party. (…oh, my ethics of virtue… )

And on Monday, work load is twice as much compared to a normal workday, because it has somehow accumulated during the weekend!

Ah, my boss works during the weekend … sigh…

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The free London business newspaper City A. M. published last Tuesday that the consulting firm Ernst & Young is to implement a scheme so its employees can take as many holidays as they want. Forget about 20 working days. If you want to take 30, do so. 40? No problem. That’s a good place to work.

The objective is ending the “attendance culture”. That is, in spite of being eight hours at the office, you might actually be working less than somebody else who is there just six hours. The aim is changing the concept of “going to work” by “doing work”. It is not about being in the office, but doing your duties and doing them well.

This brings me memories of when at school the teachers told us that we were not having compulsory homework anymore, but optional. Great! No more homework. But at the end of the term, the students who had been doing homework had better marks, and the teachers would help them more. Anyway, that wasn’t a big problem, because it was enough with a “pass”, and we weren’t there to make friends with the teachers.

As far as I know, working Saturdays and even Sundays is quite common in big consultancy firms such as Ernst & Young, or getting to the end of the year with some holidays still remaining. They have a pyramidal structure, with many junior employees and fewer seniors. That means when promotion time comes (so called Round Table), it is not enough with a pass. You have to be better than the rest. I am sure knowing that, you are going to take many holidays (!?!)

And while you are lying on the beach, sipping your Caipirinha, you will be thinking about Smith and Johns sitting in their chairs at the office, working like little ants, working six days a week, receiving taps on their back by your managers, covering your duties, talking to the clients assigned to you. And when the promotion comes, guess who is going to get promoted and who is going to get permanent holidays.

When I started my work at a smaller consulting company my manager informed me that they started at 9 AM in the morning. Naively, I asked “and what time do you leave?”, to which he replied with a wide smile. Clearly, this scheme of taking as many holidays as you want is a great idea… but I do not know for who.


(Sirventes is the author of the blog Un mundo perplejo (in Spanish), who is joining us from time to time to share his experience in London)

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