A new computer forensics graduate we placed almost three months ago was last week told that he hadn't passed his probation at a major consulting firm.
The Company has been excellent about it - as you would expect from a global market leader - and his manager spoke very highly about his ability but it just wasn't quite the right fit at this time. However, of course it feels like the end of the world for the person who has been released and right now a million miles away from the autumn day he moved to London with high hopes of a fantastic forensics career.
The reality is that this sort of experience can often be a blessing, although at the time it can feel like the end of the world. In my recruitment career I have seen so many people leave a role feeling disconsolate and certain that they will never be a success wherever they go - and they were absolutely right!! Not really, just a little joke...of course that isn't the case at all - well, except in very rare examples - and I am a great believer in different people fitting into different cultures, even in a discipline as technical as computer forensics. Many of these people have gone on to develop outstanding careers within forensics with a company where the culture is right for them.
In my experience, one of the most common examples of this is when somebody first leaves Law Enforcement for the private sector. After a couple of months they know the position isn't right but they feel they can't move on so soon as it almost feels like failure. Almost always, they do leave and then settle into the next organisation for a long period of time. It is like personal relationships in a way where after the breakdown of a long relationship there can be a period of experimentation before forming another serious relationship - oh dear, am I of all people really using a relationship analogy? Time to end the post I think before I start to move on to other areas I have no idea about - it could be fashion next!
Anyway, if you do leave your position whether due to your own choice or otherwise, please do try to see it as an opportunity, however bleak it can feel at the time. I would love to hear your stories of how a move that felt terrible at the time turned out to be fantastic for your career....