Wednesday, 3 September 2014

When life gets in the way...

To say it's been a busy couple of years for me would be an understatement.  That whole finishing my degree and the beginning my job hunt.  Takes a lot out of a girl y'know!  So I had the best of intentions with draft posts, ready just to have images added and to go live but once again, life got in the way for me.
I've been putting off posting about this for a while and for a few different reasons.  Mostly because there are certain factors stopping me from knowing how to breach the subject.  You might have noticed over the weekend I posted on Instagram that I'd left my job in Mandors.  After almost 4 and a half years at Mandors (minus that summer at Selfridges) it was inevitable that I would move on to a graduate job, but the job I've accepted and just started was not at all the job or company I expected to work for.  You see my new employer is Remnant Kings.  For those of you outside of Glasgow, Mandors and Remnant Kings are the two main players in the local fabric shop market.  Both have co-existed in our small market for almost 40 years, each offering the same but different products and catering to the local sewing community.
Being a rival, I hadn't intended to apply for a job with them.  But then things changed.  And I applied for a job at Remnant Kings, which isn't the job they offered me.  I'm their new Online Sales & Marketing Assistant a role that my new bosses have developed for me.  It concerns the running of their website and some of their other online activities.  More of which I'll share later, once I'm fully in my role.
This isn't a role that Mandors could offer me in any shape or form.  Mandors couldn't offer me fulltime employment let alone any form of career progression.  I had to start thinking about me and making decisions that allowed me to grow and develop both professionally and personally.  I can't thank Mandors enough for all the opportunities and experience I gained during my time there.  But I really can't wait to see what this new role and new chapter in my life brings.
Because of all this, I have tonnes of projects I've not posted but I've also not had a lot of time and energy to sit down properly at my sewing machine.  This week I'm working a long week due to finishing at Mandors and straight in to a full week at RK.  I have my first official weekend off (since I was like 16) to do nothing in particular so I'm hoping that some of it is spent at my sewing machine getting things done!

Sorry for the image-less, wordy post but I wanted to share this new chapter with you all!

(p.s. and any comments you have on the Remnant Kings website would be greatly appreciated!)

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  1. Congratulations on getting your first post qualification job. It can be difficult to move between competitors but you have to think about your future and what is best for you. How flattering that your new employer has recognised your talents and created a post that benefits both of you.
    Sincere good wishes for the future and will look forward to your new posts. Chris

  2. Congratulations on your new job! It sounds like you feel a tad guilty going to the competition and I am here to tell you don't. If your old work mates aren't jumping for joy that your moving on to bigger and better things they aren't thinking about you. They are thinking about themselves.

  3. Congrats on your new job! I'm sure you'll be a big success. Look forward to seeing how the RK website develops.

  4. Hazel! This is fantastic. What an amazing opportunity! And how fabulous that they created a role for you. You must have really impressed them at interview. It sounds like the perfect job for you, given your degree subject. I'm so, so pleased for you.

    I didn't even know that Remnant Kings had a website, so will take a look at some point and let you know my thoughts. I don't tend to go to the Edinburgh store, as it's really far away and I've never been to the Glasgow store either.

    Good luck, when you start! X

  5. How exciting! Congratulations on the new gig!

  6. Thank you so much for you comments ladies! Fully in to it now and loving every minute, lots of exciting things lined up that I can't wait to share! x


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