It all started in November 2008, when I was made redundant after working for a company for 7 months. I was happy about this job because of 2 main things: its location was convenient (in Holborn) and the salary was also good.
I worked there as a project Manager. I remember vividly, in October 2008, there was a staff meeting where we were informed about the Company’s plan to cut down on staff because of the credit crunch.
I was a bit concerned by the news. At the time, we didn’t really know who will be affected; however, the most recently recruited, like me, were more likely to be affected.
One afternoon, I was called to the Director’s office and he told me he was really sorry but he could no longer keep me and a number of people in the company will also follow. Much to my own surprise, I didn’t feel sad at all/ my spirit didn’t feel any sadness at all.
In fact, I told myself, they’ve lost a talent and I don’t think this company will do well if I am not around. My only regret was that I was made redundant without a redundancy package; because the probation period was normally 6 months but they made me sign for 7 months probation instead.
I clearly understand now. They knew they would not be able to keep all their staff so they were already working on ways to avoid spending too much money on redundancies.
In November 2008, I started applying to companies through some agencies. The first interview I had was with a company in the city called GMI.
I went for an interview with one of the department managers and then one of the directors. I actually applied for a position of full service Project Manager.
I was confident I made a very good impression at the interview, as I knew everything relating to Project Management in this field. Unfortunately, the agency called a few days later to inform me that the Director had refused me.
I was really discouraged as I just could not stay without a job. I decided to call the job centre and applied for jobseekers allowances.
I also went to the council, to apply for housing benefits. So many people were asking why I was going on benefits, and encouraged me to be patient and keep applying.
Believe me, I have been patient and kept applying, kept going for interviews until the month of April 2009 when I realised that my savings account had become my current account. I was spending a lot and yet no money was coming in.
I really made up my mind to apply for all allowances. At the job centre, I met really nice people and I was surprised that none of them actually asked me any questions before signing me to get paid.
They even kindly informed me that if I was working for 16 hours or less, then I was still entitled to receive the benefits. I thought of it and took it as an opportunity, because for all the interviews I attended, these were the kind of feedback I was receiving:-The position is below your experience, you have too much knowledge, therefore we don’t think you will stay for long with us,.
. With this in mind, I took a temping job with an agency where I was sent to companies to cover for their staff.
Surprisingly, without telling the agency that I needed only 16 hours, the jobs did not offer more time and I was only working for one or two days a week. I did not bother to look for more hours because what I received as a temp was far below what I used to have as a permanent staff.
I kept working as a temporary staff and kept applying for a permanent job at the same time until around March 2010 when I began to feel really tired of going to different places every time. I decided that I had to do something else and so I started looking at business opportunities.
While I was trying to come up with some ideas and business plan, I found in the newspaper an advert of a company that offers short courses in different fields and guarantee you a job at the end of it. I thought that this was a chance for me to get something without any struggle, since there was a guarantee at the end of it.
I went to enquire and they told me that I had to pay £1,795 for a course that I did before, but never got to work in that particular field. Therefore, it was just a refresher course.
I thought it was quite expensive, but I had no other options. I paid the full amount.
A month later, I wanted to ask them when exactly I would receive the books for this course and somehow I was at home and decided to check for the name of this company on the internet. I googled the company, just to discover that this was a bogus company, which has collected money from many people and they had even filed for bankruptcy.
I was shocked and very disappointed. I decided to go there and verify as I could not believe it.
I went there and it was true. The security at the reception told me the same thing and handed me a form from the Office of Fair Trading, which I had to fill and return, as they were trying to estimate how much the company owed in total.
This was a big disappointment and even as I write this testimony, I am still working on getting my money back. I kept praying and declaring the word of God every day, just to encourage myself.
I kept temping and signing every two weeks. I attended a seminar on Forex Trading, but when I heard that I had to pay £3,000 to acquire more knowledge, I just forgot about it.
I found another business opportunity but that needed too much money to start. Also, during the same period, one afternoon, I received a phone call from a company located in Birmingham, and they told me they can help me write off the debts I owe, and started quoting the law regarding the charges banks are taking every month.
I agreed with them, because the charges were a lot for someone who was not working. So, they asked me for my bank details and I chose to give them information on my bank account.
I read the card number to them and they promise me to send me more documentation on their company and to get in touch with their solicitors on my behalf to stop all charges. Everything was fine until I hanged up the phone and I heard a voice within pushing me to check my account.
I suddenly realised that something was wrong. I rushed to the bank, and again, to my great amazement, £500 was gone from my account.
I couldn’t do much because the bank was about to close. The following day, I went back to the bank to enquire about the missing money and they traced it in their system as a payment to XXX Company.
I instructed the bank to stop any further payment to this company, but they were unable to recall the money, so I had to deal with the company directly in order to get my money back. I went to the police and the officer at the reception told me that this was not a police case and I should try for myself to get the money back.
In the meantime, I received all documentation they promised to send me. I called them to discuss the case and noticed that most of their staff could barely speak English and every time I called, it was a load of argument on the phone.
This confirmed that the company was not serious. I took the case to the citizen Advise Bureau and my advisor told me the procedure before the case can go to court.
I had to call the Company a number of times and also write to them; give them some time to reply before proceeding to make it a court case. I did all these and did not get any positive reply from them.
So I took the case to the court, filled the forms and was waiting for a date of hearing. Having done this, the company was then contacted by the court and knowing that I also claimed compensation, they decided to pay back my money by sending me a cheque.
Towards the month of September 2010, I was still without a proper job and all interviews I attended were not successful. All my business ideas were still pending because all the people i spoke to were too pessimistic about such ventures.
The company which took my money for the short course had still not paid back and I received letters from another company acting as a debt recovery agency in charge of selling the company’s assets and paying back its clients. According to them, this company owed many other companies, including the council, so I may not get my money back as those debts were huge.
I am not discouraged and I am still praying and confessing that my money is coming back to me. During the same period, my father surprised me with £10,000.
Few months after, precisely in December, I was called by an agency who told me they saw my CV online and wanted to refer me for a job with a company in the city dealing with online research. They told me the company is called GMI but they never asked me if I knew or had already been there for an interview.
So, I told them I was happy for them to send my CV, which they did. The following day, they came back to me and explained that the company told them they have already seen me for an interview back in November 2008, but they don’t mind seeing me again.
I also told them that I did not mention anything about that episode because they did not ask me, but I also did not mind going back there for an interview. On the day of the interview, I was running late because of the transport and I had to call the manager to apologise.
Fortunately, she was very understandable. I finally got to the place and had the interview with the department manager and her assistant and one of the directors who I had seen some years ago for my first interview but refused me the job.
Please bear in mind that all things work for good for those who love God, for those who are called according to His divine purpose. When I finished the interview, I knew the job was mine, because of the kind of impression I made on them, once again.
Some days after, I heard from the agency and they announced that the company wanted to offer me the job, with a higher salary than what I used to earn. I give God the glory.
My testimony is to admonish people not to give up in life. They have refused me once, some years after, I went back and they said yes.
Please keep praying and believing. The kingdom of God suffers violence and the violent take it by force.
GOD BLESS YOU. .