Sunday, 13 September 2009

Cheque's in the post

Temporary office employment may not give you financial security. It won't enable you to move out of home, buy a house or shop only in Harrods. It won't give you a career, Miu Miu bags or a fulfilled brain. It won't be anything other than menial, boring and occasionally underpaid. It won't make you independent, but dependent. It won't stop the need to spend long periods of time sitting at home on your arse sending off CVs. It won't make you happy in the long run, it won't help shake the feeling that 4 years at university should qualify you to do more than typing letters and making tea. It won't give you a salary, just an overtaxed weekly wage. It won't give you stability. It won't make you feel good about yourself.

However. Working for 6 months out of the year means you have time to discover other career options, do work experience and travel the world.

It will mean that you've got time to chase up loose ends and make phone calls.

It also means that when you call up Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs to go through your tax codes and employment history, that you might hear the following words:

"Ah, yes. You have paid too much tax. Your cheque for £710.51 was actually put in the post yesterday"

And that, my little pork pies, is why temporary work is blooooody WELL good.

14 comments:

Ellie said...

Great surprise!

Don't spend it all in one place. :)

Helen said...

I got a tax rebate a few weeks ago.

Best. Thing. Ever.

theperpetualspiral said...

Drinks are on you then!

monkey typist said...

ahh i got one of those once, now they just keep taking it off me

fwengebola said...

God, that's beautiful. Mine's a Bollinger.

Grump said...

A couple of interesting posts. Isn't great when you get the unexpected in life. I hope you do drop in when you are in Melbourne.
Mark

cynicalscribble said...

Whoo Hooo

The Unbearable Banishment said...

Well done! It's a bit like winning the national lottery, isn't it? And how timely! It's fuel for your trip.

Organic Meatbag said...

I like cheques!! It's like collecting on a bank error in your favor on the Monopoly game!

jo said...

ahh always look on the bright side of life :)

roseski said...

Ooh I love those cheques! But it does annoy me that they so happily take the tax in the first place...

I think I need to chase mine up some time soon.

Please Don't Eat With Your Mouth Open said...

Ellie - What...like Kurt geiger? Would I?

Helen - Free money! WOOO!

Perp - err..yeah, about that...

Monkey - I don't expect it will happen to me again at any time soon. This is 3 years worth of graft.

Fwenge - Ooh, dont mind if I do.

Grump - The unexpected things are what makes life good. Even better when they involve money.

Cynical - Waahooooo!

Unbearable - My thoughts exactly.

Organic - Yes, I do feel a bit like that. Especially because I always lose at Monopoly.

jo - Da da, da da , duh duh, da da

Roseski - Quick phonecall is all it took and they'll tell you if you're owed any moolah.

jo said...

haha! i was so channeling monty pyton in my mind too when i said it :)

Please Don't Eat With Your Mouth Open said...

Great minds!

 

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