The struggle for a 4 day week

I had a really excellent interview with a startup bank recently and was excited by what they were doing – but ultimately I ended up declining the opportunity and deciding to walk away…

I made them a good perm offer with a generous reduction in earnings compared to my contract rate. But we couldn’t agree on a 4 day working week. My justification – I needed the 5th day to continue my counselling training and work experience in the local primary school.

But not really in any altruistic manner.

Simply, I felt the exposure and skills developed on that 5th day would help me better perform during the other 4 days in an Analyst / Developer role. I also learnt that I felt strongly enough that the 5th day was a core channel for my own further professional development. So I made the judgement call that by giving up that 5th day, they and me would overall be poorer for it.

I don’t necessarily believe they understand my motives for doing this, as a software engineer retraining to be a counsellor is a bit of an unusual thing to come across in potential employees.

Thanks anyway for your time Clear.Bank, it was a good initial experience and I felt fairly treated and welcomed. You also affirmed that my tech skills are now good enough to pass a decent technical interview (proving to me that my C# ASP.Net MVC SQL technical upskilling over the last 6 months has finally ‘come of age’).

Hopefully we can still work together in the future, perhaps in some other way??


Frank Ray

Ask any project manager about the key to their success, and they will say that delivering a project is often more like a "dark art" or by chance, than a predictable science.

They may also say that a project going 'off the rails' was one of the most stressful things they have professionally experienced. And unfortunately, it’s all too common.

Risk assessent tool for IT and software development projects. Try it now for free

Leave a Reply