Twende Bhubesi!

Well, it’s all happened a little quickly.

I’m starting to have the beginnings of a plan.

I’ve always said that I want to have the chance to use my time and expertise on something that means something.  I want to experience more of the world and give something back. Having been working my way up the corporate world for the last 12 years, it’s time I use my skills to help those who need it.

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been researching a number of different charities, thinking about which ones would best suit me, which ones I cared about, which ones I felt would make a sustainable difference. I looked at medical charities, environmental charities, conservation charities. Nothing quite fit.

Until…

“This will be perfect for you!” A friend told me, just over a week ago. “It’s got rugby and Africa, what more do you need?”

And she wasn’t wrong. Bhubesi Pride was perfect for me.

After spending 4 hours reading through their website, reading articles, watching videos, and getting more and more excited, I decided that I was going to bite the bullet. As I drafted out my application, the doubts grew – did I have enough experience? Was I good enough at rugby? Would they take enthusiastic amateurs?

A quick pep-talk, several proof reads, and I pressed send.

That was on Thursday.

On Friday, I had an email. Was I available for a skype call on Monday? Was I? The weekend saw more revision, note taking and nerves (it has, after all, been about 7 years since I last had to interview for a position!).

The interview came and went in a blur. I didn’t expect to hear anything (it was Christmas, after all) however the next day, I had a phone call…

I am delighted to announce that, as of April, I will be representing Bhubesi Pride teaching rugby to schools and communities throughout eastern and southern Africa. For 11 weeks, I will be travelling through Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. I’ll be combining my love of rugby with my love of Africa and taking part in a programme that I am already incredibly passionate about.

So, in the last week, I’ve gone from finding a charity, applying, interviewing, being offered, and accepting! This bodes well for 2015.

I’ve set up a new blog to document the journey (bonus for those of you who don’t know what I look like – there’s a real live photo up there!) so please feel free to wander over (and *cough cough* donate)

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All change please, all change

Phew – what a couple of months it’s been. If you’ve been stoically persevering with my random ramblings for a while, you’ll know that I haven’t been particularly happy with work recently. You’ll remember I talked about grappling my way out of the pit I was in. About breaking the chains I felt were holding me back.

Well, I’ve taken that first step.

As of March 20th, I will no longer be employed.

After my last post, I came up with a number of options that the company could offer me in order to make me stay. I was planning to bring them up at my end of year review and see what became of them. But then…

I was called up to my boss’ office for a meeting with her and the BIG boss. Big boss explained that they were planning to restructure the team and that my role was going to move into a new area. I would have pretty much exactly the same role, but new managers. Not what I wanted. At all. (And, of course, this meant that all my plans of asking for something else were pretty much null and void.)

So I thought about it, and thought about it some more.

I decided to have a chat with the boss (in a friend capacity) to see what she thought my options were. She told me that she thought I had three options:

  1. Accept the role
  2. Decline the role
  3. Look for something in another department/market

And so… I declined the role. There and then. No hesitation.

I have been grinning ever since. I have so many plans, so many options, so many things I want to do with this new freedom.

First and foremost I need to do something that *means* something.  I want to experience more of the world and give something back. I’ve been stuck in the corporate world for 12 years. It’s time to use my skills to make a difference.

And I couldn’t be more excited about what the world has to offer.

 

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