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What do you really want to do?

April 17, 2013

I have been lucky with my career – I first wrote choice of career, but that isn't true, I meandered into what I do now, and what I have been doing for more than a quarter of a century.

A colleague saw me yesterday for career guidance. ( Jane, if you are reading this, don't laugh, some people do come to me for advice). I gave an impromptu talk yesterday to our regular departmental technical meeting about 'tax under Mrs Thatcher', drawing out some of the changes in tax law during the early party of my career, which tied in with Mrs Thatcher's tenure at 10 Downing Street. I was telling my younger colleagues [deleted the unnecessary word-they are all younger] about how things change, about reliefs which come in and go out, about the planning environment and how it has changed.

A few people saw me during the course of yesterday and told me they had enjoyed my talk. One, asked to have a word because she saw that I had enjoyed, and still enjoy my work, and she was struggling to decide what to do.

Cue picture:


This is an extract from a cartoon

which resonates well with me.

I have never tried to encourage a colleague to stay with my firm when in their heart they know they want to leave. There might be short term gain in doing so, but at a long term cost: and it isn't the right way to do business. Far better, or at least I think it is, is to be straightforward with people, say what you mean, say what you believe; the world is a small place (Manchester certainly is… there are probably only a couple of degrees of separation between all Mancinians) and doing right by people brings its own rewards.


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