The Best Thing to Ever Happen to Me

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Last Thursday I heard the sad news that the shopping channel I used to work for went into administration. Everyone was called up that morning and told not to come into work. They all lost their jobs with immediate effect.

Although from the outside looking in it wasn’t a massive surprise (there’d been whisperings of it ‘being near the end’ for years, even before I left in 2011) I was genuinely gutted. Gutted for all my friends who now found themselves unemployed, but also really sad that the place that gave me my first ‘proper’ job was no more.

While speaking to my friends in the aftermath I started to think about what happened when I left. I was not only really lucky to have figured out what I really wanted to do, but this place gave me the opportunity to explore that whilst still having a job that paid the bills. I was the first producer to ever be allowed to go part-time. I worked nights over the weekend at the channel while I tackled all things Rock n Roll Bride during the week.

I then started to wonder what I’d do if I was in their position now. Would I go and find another bill-paying job, or use it as a sign to really start to follow my dreams? I’ve had endless talks with my ex-colleagues over the years about how they really wanted to start this, or try that, but there were always excuses not to… there was always a “but…”

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I don’t want to sound idealistic, and I completely understand that this is an uncertain¬†time for a lot of them, but I do hope they’ll all realise that this is also a massive opportunity. I hope they’ll all take this chance and turn it around for themselves. If I can start a little blog about weddings and make it my full time career, then they bloody well can do it too.

To my selly-telly friends: You are an awesome, intelligent, hard working and driven bunch. If you let it, this will be a defining moment for you all. My one wish is that in a few years time you’ll look back on this week and say “Man, that was tough, but it really was the best thing to ever happen to me…”

RIP Sit Up TV. We loved you and we hated you. Together we brought the nation Egyptian cotton towels, sexy satin sheets and some seriously dodgy figurines. You gave us all some great memories and some even greater friends. You may be gone from our TV schedule but never from our hearts.

18 comments

  1. It’s always sad to hear about job loss…something so out of your own control. But I agree, this is the perfect opportunity for your friends. Best of luck to them!

  2. I’m in a bit of a ‘can’t see the amazing things coming’ situation at the moment – it’s tough sometimes when all I seem to do it work towards the big dream when things don’t seem to be moving along at the pace I want them to.

    Things are happening though, I have a very supportive husband who is helping me believe in myself when it all feels too much.

    You have reminded me that, in a year i’ll look back on today and thank myself for working through it and following my dream instead of giving up and finding a ‘proper’ job.

    As always, thanks Kat x

  3. OH THE FIGURINES. They can not be unseen. I am just imagining gardens across England with those little chaps among the flowers!

    Sad times, but great advice Kat. I’ve found that making your dreams come true is about taking the first step and having some balls. Some times life throws you something shitty, and though you don’t see it at the time it’s the start of something amazing. Every cloud and all that!

  4. I have followed my dreams since being made redundant, and its been hard but worth every moment. It was tough as my husband I both worked at the same place so a double wammy but looking back now the BEST thing that could have happened to us not only as a new opportunity but as a family so grab it with both hands and BEST OF LUCK to all those in that situation its a open door to a new beginning. x

  5. With huge commiserations to your ex-work colleagues, this post has just come at exactly the right time for me. I’ve just been royally f*cked over by my psychopathic boss whilst on maternity leave and no longer have a job to go back to. I really want to take the opportunity to finally, after years and years of jobs that have lead to very much nowhere all, grab the opportunity do what I really, really want to do (even though I’m not 100% sure what that is) but with bills to pay and a husband and a 6 month old (baby) to think about now, I’m really worried I’m going to have to bite the bullet and find another soulless office doing more shit admin. Urrrrrrgh.

  6. Mel

    I was unceremoniously laid off unexpectedly four months ago. In quick succession, I split from my BF and applied to return to school in something completely different. Every day was a rollercoaster at that time, and now it only feels like every month is a rollercoaster. ;) It has been the most emotionally challenging time of my life. I wish you all big payouts to give you time to think. I hit the gym daily now and work part time until school starts. Work/life balance has now become my mission. Good luck everyone!

  7. Thank you for this post! Losing a “J-O-B” can feel like the most disastrous thing, but for many of us it is the BEST thing that has ever happened to us! Posts like this will hopefully give folks who find themselves in that position hope :)

  8. I have been made redundant four times now – FOUR – and I can’t even count how many of my friends have been through this, too. Every single one of us has landed in a better position afterwards; sometimes it took a little while, but it always gave us the distance to think about where we wanted our careers to go. Good luck to all of your friends – but I’m sure they’re not going to need it.

  9. Commiserations to those who lt their jobs, it was the best thing that happened to me when I lost mine too, though it didn’t feel like it at the time. Who spent the time moulding THAT “appendage” onto those figurines?!

  10. vwisel@aol.com

    Having been made redundant in December 2012 and not worked since , I can honestly say there are some hard times and some great times to be had .
    I’ve spent more time with my three boys and they have loved that I’m home with them . I used to work a 60 hour week some weeks and unfortunately was salaried . No financial gain there .
    I am happy and starting university again soon and making the most of a bad situation .

  11. While I was on maternity leave in my last job, the company went into administration and I had nowhere to go back to. It turned out to be a fantastic opportunity to put lot’s of projects I’d had in my head into reality and in retrospect it was the best thing that could have happened to me.
    Wishing all your friends lot’s of luck with whatever they do next. xxx

  12. sometimes things happen for a reason I believe. I was made redundant form my full time job in 2009 and it was the push I needed to go and make a go of wedding planning and blogging. i f I hadn’t been pushed I may never have done it!
    There is often hope in a situation that seems hopeless at the time xx

  13. Natalie

    Thanks for this post Kat. Recently I’ve been in an awful position with work where I’m being bullied out of my job, by a woman who is threatened by my experience and knowledge base. I went for an interview today for a community worker (that’s what I do, care and support for people with disabilites) and the two people interviewing me saw such potential in me that they’ve offered me the deputy managers position in their company.
    I’ve never been offered such an opportunity before, and it’s taught me that everything really does happen for a reason, the bulling has been horrendous to endure but it’s obviously made me strong enough to seek new challenges.

  14. I had a friend who worked on several shopping channels (I’m pretty sure the one you did too, although probably not at the same time) before he went on to more mainstream tv. Sadly due to a terrible accident last year, he’s no longer with us, but I remember so well the laughs we used to have about the shopping channels – he’d always have a funny story to tell when he came back from work.

    I know he, at one time, wondered if he’d ever get on to anything ‘bigger and better’, but he certainly did, until it was cut short so sadly. So, yes, there are definitely brighter horizons out there. I hope everyone who has found themselves out of a job finds their ‘bigger and better’ very soon.

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