No, seriously, sometimes you have to laugh
Sacked from a bar-rep job in Faliraki (where your sole purpose was to get people through the door of bars and clubs) for being a bit too liberal with the free booze. My response was to commandeer one of the huge fishbowl cocktails and surf on a table. I learnt very few lessons from this sacking it seems.
I *think I was let go from TV Guide magazine, after the launch editor had left and it had become a vehicle for Sky TV. It's a bit blurry but it was probably a relief!
Thank you for being so honest and funny as always. It’s always refreshing and reassuring to know that successful have experienced failures along the way!
I was ‘let go’ from a company earlier this year. I was very overwhelmed, not coping with the workload and they had a very unsupportive culture. What I have found difficult about it is that although I had made friends there, I have effectively been shunned by everyone there and no one has got in touch. It has given my confidence a huge knock so it’s nice to read that there are many successful people to whom this has happened and maybe I shouldn’t feel quite so ashamed.
I was invited to a meeting with my manager at 8:30 on a Thursday morning. I was excited to present what I’d been working on and turned up with printouts and charts and ready to receive my well-done-you only to be told they were letting me go. I did not see it coming, because who would at 8:30am!
You know I’m glad you got sacked from B, otherwise I wouldn’t have got to work with you on New Woman!
And it’s not just a Friday afternoon that’s dangerous. I once worked on a launch that went live over Christmas/New Year. We were all called into a meeting on the first day back after the break, expecting a big pat on the back. The first words from our publisher were “Well I’m afraid it’s not a happy new year” as he explained that the title had been pulled and we were all redundant. Talk about killing the glitter of Christmas with one blow!
I left the Mail on Sunday in April. So did many others. I'm sure we'll all laugh about it one day ....!