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Ministry of Propaganda - 01/Sep/2006: "Auf Wiedersehen, Intel"

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Auf Wiedersehen, Intel

More than 11 years ago I first came to Swindon, England, and in February 1995 I moved here to start working for Intel. Thursday this week it came to an end, I had my last day with Intel. You might have read that Intel has laid off 1,000 managers worldwide, unfortunately one of them turned out to be me. So what does this mean for me?

First of all I'll soon be looking for a new challenge, a new job. No surprise there. My parents have just arrived for a long weekend, so the job hunt is on hold until they leave. Once they have left I will prepare my CV and start the job search. I don't know all the readers of this blog, if you have any leads or suggestions please let me know. I should be able to send you my CV by the end of next week if you're interested. For the time being I intend to stay in the UK, if possible move up to Scotland or at least further north. But I'll also be interested in opportunities in the south, although I must admit I'm not too keen on London. London is just too big, too much city for me. I'm not too keen on moving back to Germany just yet, I'd rather prefer to stay in the UK. But I'll also look at other countries if there are great opportunities.

11 years is obviously a long time, so it came as a bit of a shock when I was first told. Over the years I've had good and bad times, ups and downs, working for Intel. I've learned a lot over the years, mostly how to do things, but also how not to do others. I've met a lot of great people (in person or just in the 'virtual world'), I hope I can stay in contact with quite a few of you. You know who you are (and quite a few of you know of and/or read this blog). I haven't blogged much about Intel in the past, this will now be even less. I intend to refrain from commenting on the recent as well as potential future lay offs, so please don't ask.

After the initial shock and disappointment I now look at it as an opportunity, a chance to do something new. I'll probably blog about what I'm looking for soon, still need to think a few things over. If possible I will blog about my progress, although obviously any potential employer confidentiality would come first.

That's that out of the way, one of the most difficult posts I've written so far. I hope I've got it right, hit the right tone.

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