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Believe in yourself and never give up, writes Sam Billingham

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Read the latest Talking Point column from Sam Billingham;

Sam is now working at Lawrence Cleaning Solutions

After leaving high school in 1996, I went on to further education, successfully passing Intermediate and Advanced Business Studies.

I had always dreamed of having my own office, with a telephone and pen and paper but I didn’t know what area I wanted to work in.

It was only when I was in my final year at college that I decided I wanted to become a legal secretary.

In 1999 I got my first job as a legal secretary and I absolutely loved it. I had my own office and worked alongside some amazing people.

In time I eventually found my dream job as an office manager at a small firm of solicitors.

I opened the office, locked the office, I did the banking, I answered the telephone calls, I met clients; I was in my element.

When I did lose my job, I also lost my identity. Yes I knew my name was Sam but I didn’t know who I was anymore.

There was no more jumping out of bed, straight into the shower and putting on my best suit.

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There was no more thinking about what needed to be done in the office tomorrow or thinking, did I make sure this and this was done before I left the building.

There was no longer a sense of belonging.

I didn’t see life in the most amazing way any more, I had lost myself and my financial independence.

I didn’t like this feeling at all and even though I dedicated my time to volunteering within the community, whether it was being a speaker at an event, volunteering at the local Sure Start mother and toddler group or recruiting new cadets at the local boat show, I just didn’t have that sense of belonging.

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I have applied for hundreds of jobs, sending off my CV and application letters. My heart always sank when I received the rejection letter.

All I wanted was someone to give me a chance. A chance to grow with them, a chance to show them I can be an asset and a chance to find myself again.

On October 14, 2019, I received a text saying, Hey Sam hope you’re okay – can you give me a call when you get chance – not urgent. It was from a friend, Deb Lawrence, one of the directors from Lawrence Cleaning Solutions.

I had applied for a few jobs and thought she was phoning me about that.

I went along to the new offices in Dudley and couldn’t believe my ears! Someone believed in me, someone wanted to give me a chance and someone offered me a job!

I am humbled, honoured and proud to be a member of the office team at Lawrence Cleaning Solutions in Dudley.

This month’s column is dedicated to those who might have lost themselves and feel they can’t see a way out.

Believe in yourself, the way others believe in you and whatever you do, don’t ever give up.

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