Well, up until today I was, I thought, somewhat-gainfully employed doing a database-frontend design contract in my spare time in addition to school. It was a somewhat-neatish Access frontend that let vendors keep track of prospective clients, and managers keep track of their vendors, and do a couple of other clever things like evaluate the success of different promotions to different demographic groups in different regions.
Some of you have already noted my use of the past tense, so I’ll dispense with the formalities: the contract has been cancelled, before it even got signed. I sent the proposal in, reached a verbal understanding, started working. Now a few weeks later I’ve become kind of curious about when an actual paper-and-ink contract might materialize, and the fellow I was talking to is no longer working there.
Nice. In fact, the entire department I was working with is no longer working there. Because successful companies don’t need marketing, or something. Everyone involved is a pretty surprised about it, to all accounts.
I’m not upset with the guy in question, to be sure, but I am a little rankled by the whole situation. This is basically hours of my life completely wasted at a time when hours have been precious, and I’ve just gone from wondering how I’m going to get all this work done on deadline to wondering how I’m going to pay for tuition next term.
Which is just dandy.
Anyone who’d like to point out the obvious is welcome to do so in the comments below.