London: The fight for a piece of the pie

We all know that in the capital, life is bigger, louder and schedules, are tighter. That being said, there is a majorly naive presumption that there is more opportunity.

There is no wonder that there are so many people flocking here to get a piece of that heavily carbed capitalist pie – that is London in its essence. The naive presumption comes in when you think there is so much opportunity, that you are as entitled to a piece of the pie as anyone else.

Why? Well because you have worked hard enough to be at the table. The education, the experience, the burning ambition to win!

You see the competition here starts way before you have the job, or even during the interview stage.

The moment you come across that first job description, know one thing, there is more than meets the eye and you have literally signed up to the hunger games!

What they don’t tell you Is that this city is full of over qualified dreamers and scarily competitive employees. Once they sniff out competition, the hunger games are on and you have to fight a good fight in order to sit at the table.

By working here, you will notice there is alot of smoke and mirrors, and dont think that behind the scenes there is someone cheering you on. If you are good, you have to be brilliant!

Picture a calm office on the surface. Very quiet, people sit silently and focused. Laser beamed on the task ahead.

Your lucky to hear a pin drop. It’s silent and you can almost taste the stress and anxiety. Behind every banging drum beat of people slamming their fingers into keyboard oblivian, is a floor trembling undercurrent of hatred, jealousy and greed. Nobody says a word. There’s no small talk, just focus and straight faces. Every conversation is calculated

An email too far, a “fuck off” under the breathe and mix of oversized egos are a normal part of office life here.

Everyone is gunning for that position, that title and that intoxicating piece of that pie that smells so good on this boiling melting pot of concrete.

I can see why, as everyone wants to be that somebody, the somebody that makes the decisions, gets picked up by their driver and avoids the overcrowded traffic of savage commuters and sits comfortably upon a pedestal of wealth.

I’ve yet to experience the uplifting northern atmosphere of office banter. I’ve actually been truly spoiled in Manchester, because during my past office experience there; the employees are real people, humans. Not relentless working machines with no soul. When your bored, get up and walk over to another desk, for nothing other than a chat. It is normal for the girls to be chinwagging about boyfriends and big brother in Manchester.

But here in London, where the crown is so heavy and the power is so close that it’s almost as if you have it, here, everyone has this imaginary piece of the pie.

Well, until they really don’t.

9 thoughts on “London: The fight for a piece of the pie”

  1. Yes smiles are rare here on transport! Sorry for your experience here. It seems like we may have shared the same experience. But I’m hopeful that it may get better because I have met some great people and had some great times here. But on the flip side I’ve seen the bad side which starts in the work place. I feel people here are hostile because they spend so much time in a hostile working enviroment.Its an interesting experience and I just feel miles apart from the people here lol.

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  2. Well my friend you are absolutely right, I have on worked in London for a week yrs ago but quickly realised it wasn’t for me, when I had to make appointments (very short appointments) to visit very close family members who had moved to London a few yrs before, no one smiled or hailed you up as you commuted or passed by shopping, realised within a week it wasn’t for me came back was back at my old job 3 days later, The big city was a distant never wanting to renew history for me

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  3. I am a people person and I couldn’t work in an environment like that. Most if not all of my jobs my coworkers are corgial. We may not break bread after work but while at work it is a pleasant atmosphere.

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  4. That was beautifully put together. London a pie everyone wants. Sometimes it’s nice stepping out of your zone to venture there, but the hustle and bustle of the big city is not for me! I am a people person, give me my home Birmingham any day!

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