Dave has returned from a holiday in Spain. Reading the advice on Leaving the Public Sector since he has been away, he feels he is doing OK. He’s not angry about losing his job but he is a bit depressed and daunted about the future.
June, his wife, however, thinks differently. They never used to argue but since he left the Civil Service she says he is always been getting angry about something! He is certainly fit and healthy – he doesn’t think he needs to worry about that.
He thinks the stuff about networking is interesting but not for him. He has friends “but not contacts as such and anyway he doesn’t want to humiliate himself by begging for help and advice”. Here is an extract from his latest letter;
“I saw that you also suggested that people should start to think about networking but I don’t think that would be helpful for me. My work colleagues were all civil servants and even if they could help me, I wouldn’t want to ask my friends to get me a new job. I think people should be employed on merit not because of who they know.”
How would you advise Dave?
You can read the rest of his letter at this link.