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There are times when I still wonder if what I did was the right move.
Back in August, I <a href="http://www.tribolum.com/archives/2003/08/27/lost_and_found.php">was hired</a> in a manner one could only describe as a godsend. Two days into the job, I realised that my employer was paying twice-over for his website to be done. He had hired an external IT vendor, and then there was me, to work on the interface which the vendor didn't seem to think was important.
Part of being an employee (to me a least), is having the company's best interests at heart. At that time I did a quick calculation and realised that the best interest of my employer was to renegotiate the payments with his vendor if the vendor wasn't producing good work, which in turn required him to hire me. I voluntarily stepped out of my job.
We met up with the vendor, a three headed organisation consisting of the technical, logistical and business directors. The first two seemed keen to pass it on; it was the third that refused. And that was how I talked myself out of a job.
It was never my intention to make a quick buck by pulling the project from under the vendor. I was hired because the customer had doubts that the vendor could pull off something satisfactory. Last I checked, the site-in-progress still doesn't display in Safari or Mozilla. It's a problem because Macs are huge when you're doing web design for a photography house.
When I tell folks about it many of them voiced out that I should have just taken the job and kept quiet. It was still "money in the pocket". True as that is, I want to produce work that contributes. If there's anything I learnt from the army, it's that there are only so many chances to prove yourself to yourself, and skiving off measures your quality. You can hide it from your employer, but you'll always live with the knowledge of what you're made of.

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