Today was my last day in the job I have had for 15 years. It was also the last day in the amazing office building that has housed our company since the 1980’s.
It has been 7 months since I found out that I was losing my job. Since then, I applied for (and got) another job in the same company, but in a different department. One not affected by the outsourcing to India. I found out about my new job a few days before Christmas, but I was not able to start that job until now. Next Tuesday, to be exact.
So one job finishes today, and a new one starts next week. I’m still medical writing, in fact I will be doing much more writing than I currently do. I will be writing full length journal articles, and I will get my name published on them (finally). It feels very strange that it was 6 months ago that I wrote my cover letter, completed the test writing project, had my interview and got the phone call to say the job was mine. The waiting has been hard.
Sadly, many of my beloved colleagues also had their last day today, and will not be staying with the company. They are moving onto new challenges and opportunities, and I know they will find success and happiness, but I will miss working with them. Every single one of them has been an important part of my life, and many of them have had a huge impact on me as a person and a writer. Several of my previous team leaders and trainers who I have worked alongside for many years finished today, as well as newer friends I have made in the past few years.
Today wasn’t just the end for most people in my department, it was also a farewell to the quirky office building we love so much. The building (and the surrounding land) was sold last year, to AUT. The bigger company that owns our little company didn’t want us owning our own premises anymore, so we will now lease our (brand new) office space like so many others.
The new office is nice, and new, and there will be no dead insects falling from the ceiling onto our desks. But it is further away and it looks just like every other standard (boring) office building. Not like the old place AT ALL. Our building at 41 Centorian Drive was the most unique office building EVER. Shaped like a triangle, with a huge grassy lawn in the middle, a pool, a volleyball court, a gym, a petanque court, a full sized auditorium and all manner of staircases and weirdly shaped corridors and nooks and crannies. When I first started there in 1999, our cafeteria was a commercial one, selling freshly cooked hot food at lunchtime. Not to mention the best cheese & chutney scones ever. It was awesome!
So today I said goodbye to a building holding all kinds of fun and special memories. Quiz nights in the cafe, the Adis Band playing at our Christmas parties, dress up days with photos on the lawn, the polar plunge, Mr Whippy visits, Adis balls, many functions, lunches/dinners at all kinds of places (Hotel Du Vin, Auckland Zoo, LOTS of vineyards and more).
Today I also said goodbye to colleagues who I will miss very much. Special people who I hope to stay in contact with in the future. I have made many wonderful friends at Adis who are no longer there, and I have kept in touch with lots of of them. I am sure it will be the same with the ones I said goodbye to today. Although it’s much, much harder farewelling 30-odd people at once, rather than one at a time. Yep, today was hard. Tears were shed, several times.
I am feeling all kinds of emotions right now. Sadness, anxiety, excitement, nervousness, anticipation, gratitude, nostalgia. They’re all swirling around in my head and making me dizzy. I have several big changes coming up … not only am I starting a new job on Tuesday, I am ending my “working from home” stint and will have to start commuting to/from the office daily after a 7-year hiatus. I am no longer going to be home after school for my boys, but I am so happy that Rob will be instead. And my lovely Mum will be helping out, and getting to have more time with her grandsons, too. Things will be very different, and it will take some getting used to. But I know that there will be good things, and new opportunities and challenges that I am ready for. I think. ;-)
But for now, I will relish the great memories I have of a place, and of people, and of a job that I loved. Memories are so special. My job and my colleagues and my office may have been taken away from me, but nobody can take away my memories and my lasting friendships. I’m very grateful for that. I apologise in advance for the HUGE photo dump coming up … but I loved this place and these people, so I want to preserve these memories. They are special ones …
41 Centorian Drive
Dress Up Days
The Adis Band
Functions & Parties