23 October 2010

A last look at my former place of employment

I posted this in April. At the time I did not identify the building. It is a detail of the Home Office headquarters in 2 Marsham Street. It is part of Seacole Building taken from the corner of Marsham Street and Great Peter Street.

2 Marsham Street was where I worked since it opened in early 2005. As buildings go it was a pretty comfortable working environment but at the end of the day a business is not it's buildings but the people who work there.

I was fortunate in the main to work for some good people. My last team was a good and friendly bunch.I will miss working with them. They will have a hard time helping to make the cuts enforced by appalling spending review. I fear, as "back office" people it will hit them very hard.

I am relieved not to be part of that process.


beakerkin said...

If you are looking for work there is an excellent book that helped me and many others. I have recommended it to many people and they have been very pleased.

Let me know if Knock Em Dead by Yate is available in the UK. It helps you grasp what you have to do next.

What Yate does better than anyone else is explain the frame of mind you need for the next step.

CherryPie said...

The end of one adventure and the start of a new one.

Andrew Scott said...

It is a wonderful photograph Jams, and very poignant, like so many of yours. Have you thought of doing a little freelance photography? Corporate, social, family, press, whatever... Very low to minimal start-up costs and it's clearly your hobby anyway. You have one of the most creative eyes for a photo that I have ever seen.

Knatolee said...

Great pic. It must all be a bit poignant for you!

My maternal grandfather worked in the Home Office during WWII. He was an army officer in both world wars. I have a newspaper photo of him being inspected by Churchill in London during WWII. But I digress.

Good luck in your new life adventure!

YTSL said...

I can feel the sadness in your writings about your leaving your work. Take it that the parting was not entirely voluntary on your part. In any event, I wish you good luck in your job search and next place where you end up working -- and this includes having good colleagues to work with along with a good boss.

susan said...


James Higham said...

A difficult time for you, Jams and my thoughts are with you.

Liz said...

Great photo. I know Husband visited Marsham Street in his civil service days.

jams o donnell said...

Thanks everyone!

Beak the book is available here. I will purchase it soon. Thanks for the tip

It is CHerie. I hope it is not too rocky!

I can only imagine what the Home Office was like then Knatolee. Thanks for your kind words.

Thanks YTSL. Whatever happens it is the people who make the work bearable, I hope I get to work with people half as good as the ones I worked with then

Ah that is one way to put it Susan!

THanks James. I hope htat the next few months will be pleasant and relaxing though!

Was it in the last five years? If not then it would have been the DTI and the old buildings on the site were hideous

nursemyra said...

what CherryPie said

beakerkin said...

Interesting in that I did not expect a leading job huning book on this side of the pond to be sold over in the UK. Yate was a human resources dirctor who decided
20 years ago to write a book on how the process works.

An ex girlfriend who changed careers found a job in a month using Yate and she had not worked in ten years. My nephew used the book and landed a job with a top law firm.

Many of us do not know how to network. Yate explains it along with interview techniques all in a short easily read presentation.

jams o donnell said...

Thanks Nursie

Beak, sa good book is a good book. There may be some things that might not be appropriate given the small differences of approach in the US and UK but good advice is good advice!

SnoopyTheGoon said...

I happen to remember the photograph. But, at the end of the day, if they didn't let you carry a gun, it's not a good job for you, Jams ;-)

Anyhow, it's already spilled milk. We should always look forward.


jams o donnell said...

Hmm perhaps that might have been a bit dangerous. I might have shot a few too many auditors!

But now it's over so onwards to other things!

girasoli said...

This is an amazing photo. It must be a stressful time not knowing what will come next. I hope you find something that will be exciting and challenging. Good luck.

jams o donnell said...

Thank Girasoli. Let's see what the future brings!

ToB said...

Personally I'm not a great fan of the Great Recession of 2008-2012 (?), think I'm not alone in that.

jams o donnell said...

I can think of millions of others ToB!