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A Matter of Choice by Julie Simpson, Dena Michelli

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Mark’s story

Mark runs his own software design and development consultancy. As a gifted jazz guitarist, he lives in central London, where he has access to the city’s musical scene. He has two grown-up daughters who, when young, lived with their mother a short distance away. We asked him to recall the time he was made redundant and the feelings that this induced in him, along with making a major life decision not to become a professional musician.

I was working for a company as a software development consultant. I worked from home mainly, but drove the four-hour journey to the office about once a fortnight. It was a great company to work for, it was doing really well and everything was going fine. Then, financial problems emerged and a new chief ...

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