Wednesday, March 01, 2006

The Official McStatement

As of today I’ve submitted my letter of resignation. Within the month I’ll be moving back to an advertising agency. Yup, it’s back to agency life for me.

In all of my prior jobs, the first question I always ask myself is: Do I like the job being offered? A related question is: Do I like the company I’m moving to? but this only matters if I’ve been hearing negative things about the company (that still didn’t prevent me from joining my present company despite the warnings I heard from people). Usually one only gets to know the good and the bad of a company when one’s inside.

The question of compensation was never really topmost in my mind because I’m a single faggot, and single faggots often just spend mostly for themselves. I’ve always believed in the saying, Do what you want, and the money will follow. But that was when both my parents were still working. Today my dad’s dead, my mom’s retired, my retired aunt is living with us, and my youngest brother is in between jobs for the longest time. My younger sister recently got a teaching job, but for the longest time she wasn’t earning while she was taking her masters. My younger brother recently got married and now has a baby daughter, but even with him and his wife both working, he still approaches my mom to ask for 20 thousand pesos. My mom’s retirement savings is dwindling steadily. My sister gets mad at her whenever she gives my brother money, but what mother can resist a child in need? And she doesn’t even expect him to pay her back. So now I know what it feels like to raise a family.

Now I’m torturing myself by asking, “Am I in this because of the money?” One the one hand: yeah, of course. On the other hand, I am excited with the job being offered to me. It’s something familiar yet different for me. Plus it’s a change. I’m turning 40 this month, and maybe a big change is about time.

Opportunities have always knocked on my door instead of me doing the knocking. I’m not getting any younger. As William Shakespeare said in his play “Julius Caesar”:
There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.

My dear Olive, while you’ll be joining a new family, I’ll be moving to another family. It’s actually a good family. So let us wish each other well.

i was in the office today for my orientation. after reading this blog, selfishly saddened that i won't know the pleasure of working with you, but also quite excited for your newest adventure. all the biggest and the best! LOL

Actually you really wouldn't be able to work with me at all, even if I were to stay. You see, your clients are TV production. We in promo have our own editors and post-prod dept. :-)
Good luck, Joel! I guess everyone is starting off fresh nowadays! ;-)
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