[VI] My Resignation – What I Learned

Having secured a NEF placement (see [V] The Matchmaking Process), it was now time for me to formally hand in my resignation to my line manager and team lead.

Up until this point, I hadn’t formally resigned because my place on the NEF programme had not yet been guaranteed (I outline in [IV] The NEF Application Process that, should you go the host company route, you need to have both an offer from NEF and an offer from a host company before you get admitted).

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[V] The Matchmaking Process

In [Chapter 4] The NEF Application Process, I covered Part I of the NEF application process.  This involved an online application, video interview, numerical & verbal testing, an assessment centre and a panel interview.  I also outlined some general advice I had for these sorts of situations, as well as some things that I thought might have helped me as I progressed.

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[IV] The NEF Application Process

In Chapter 3, we explored the process I used to help make the “career change”/transition from engineer to entrepreneur.  This was:

  1. Identifying the skills that I felt I needed in order to work in start-ups/become an entrepreneur – Web development; digital marketing; graphic design to name a few
  2. Acquiring as many of these skills as I could in my spare time* – I built a tech blog (Tech-Boffin.com – now defunct) and a simple, personal landing page (cipavlou.com); had a play with Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools for these sites; went through online tutorials on Inkscape (and created a logo for Tech-Boffin.com)
  3. Continually research the entrepreneurship ecosystem – Speaking with friends, reading about opportunities, etc

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[III] Preparing to Quit

In Chapter 2, I wrote about how I had tried to work out what I wanted to do in life.  I had been working at an oil & gas company, was financially secure, and thought I had my life & career mapped out.  However, like many millennials, I soon became disillusioned with the reality of being “just another cog in the machine”.  I didn’t truly love the work that I was doing, and I realised that I could never have the tangible impact on people’s lives that I wanted to, or become as successful as I aspired to be.

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[II] Working Out Why I Hated My Job

In Chapter 1, I discussed some of the early beginnings of how I had tried to plan my life and my career.  I had just secured a good job but was struggling to keep pushing myself, and life as an engineer in the oil & gas industry was rapidly becoming increasingly unappealing.  But there was light at the end of the tunnel – I was switching jobs within the company (in order to develop project management skills to complement the technical knowledge I had learned) so I was optimistic that things would get better.

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