Goodnight Sweethearts

Jack Simpson

Head of Marketing and Communications

I know it was you, Fredo.

Well dear readers, it has been a great ride, but my time at Web Applications UK has come to an end.

To quote the lyrics from a song found in the best movie ever made, ‘The Muppets Christmas Carol’:

And yes, some dreams come true
And yes, some dreams fall through
And yes, the time has come for us to say goodbye.

Alas, I wax over-dramatic. As I think about the time I have spent here, it seems very hard to imagine that my first blog post was only 18 months ago. I was called on to introduce myself to the company, to our clients and to our readers. I had never been so intimidated in my life.

Things eventually got smoother and I started to amass tasks and responsibilities related to my role (and other tasks rather less obviously related). I feel very lucky to have had such a varied position and such great mentors when I first started who helped me get acquainted with Web Applications, its products and its people.

You could say I got dropped firmly in the deep-end when I began here, my first couple blog posts were on some of the most complicated products and services we offer, namely Babel, CRM and SharePoint. I probably would have felt more relaxed had I known these would be the most difficult to write about, but hey, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and I managed to get acclimated to the role right away.

The experience that Web Applications UK has given me has been second to none. I’ve gotten to take part in some amazing events within our office walls, the highly competitive fantasy football league, an ultimate Pepsi/Coke challenge, a number of Wii tournaments and tons of charity days. We’ve also had plenty of events off-site like the Quiz Night, Murder Mystery Dinner Party and Christmas Party. I’ll be keeping many of the pictures and videos from those nights as blackmail, call it a job perk .  One of my greatest regrets is that I will miss the trip to Alton Towers coming up in September – I do love roller coasters.

The PR Assistant role has so many facets, so many independent items to keep track of that it can be daunting at first. I have been given the opportunity to write blogs and news articles, make additions to the website, write the copy for the ads, handle award nominations and dismiss calls from salesmen. No two days were ever alike which testifies to the diversity of the role and the pace at which things move within the office… which is itself pretty varied.

I am lucky in that I have been given nearly two weeks to spend with my successor, Helen. There has been plenty of time to ensure the smoothest of transitions, and for me to get comfortable in the knowledge that everything will be left in capable hands. Much to the chagrin of our EBT conscious Training Manager, Web Applications has graciously invited me to return for the Christmas Party at the end of this year. Perhaps then this is less ‘goodbye’ and more ‘till we meet again’.

Good Night.