And now for something completely different……….

Well it has been almost two weeks since I lost my job of 21 years. I was a bit stunned at first but now I have come to realise I am more relieved than bitter.

Banking has changed dramatically since I joined the State Bank of Victoria way back on the 7th February 1972. Change is always a given but is it always for the best?

I did not plan to leave work on such terms as I only have a few years to go until I reach 65 years of age. Banking used to be about trust and to some extent ‘gut feeling.’ Now it is about sales, sales and more sales. I was always a bit  ‘left of center’ for a banker. In fact, the best thing someone once said to me was, ‘you don’t look like a banker.’ Nearly all my business came from word of mouth. Something I can be proud of. I had got into trouble with Head Office on a number of occasions for backing people in and not strictly adhering to the rules. I was once told by my Regional Manager a few years back, ‘Rob, you have to stop trying to help people!’ It is now required that you gather 4000 pieces of supporting documentation and write a short novel to justify why you have approved a loan facility. For dinosaurs like me this was a never ending battle to conform.

I came back from annual leave early May and was told that I had done something incorrectly with one of my loan files. I swore black and blue that I had indeed done the right thing but unfortunately for me a record of the approval was not on-file. So I am no longer employed. It is going to be tough financially wise but the upshot is I will now be able to work on my ‘Soul Food’ cooking skills.

I would like to think that over my long banking career I have helped many different people from all walks of life get into their home.

I am not an over confident type of person (I have been diagnosed as a severe introvert) and I am finding it a bit hard to get out amongst my friends which is due to my embarrassment more than anything. Hopefully by letting everyone know that I have left work in these circumstances then I can get back into the swing of things.

I will leave you with this thought that I read recently. Corporations – a mind without a memory, a body without a soul.

7 thoughts on “Tuesday 31/05/2016

  1. Hi Rob
    I am so sorry to hear that you have left Bendigo Bank; I know that you gave your heart and soul to that bank like when you worked for the State Bank Victoria.
    I am glad you have picked up on the positive side of leaving.
    Catch up soon.



  2. Dear Rob I am shocked and sorry to hear the news You should be aware of the fact that Melbournes Musos always held you in such high esteem as indeed the person who enabled many of us to purchase a home.  You were a kind, friendly and helpful banker who made the complicated business of banking accessible for so many people , myself included.  I guess now you can write that book buddy… Thank you for everything you did for me and my family  Love to you and yoursKes x  Kerri Simpson 0412149284

  3. Rob,

    My number is 9683 4448.


    From: Powell, John
    Sent: Monday, 6 June 2016 11:08
    To: ‘treme54’s Blog’
    Subject: RE: [New post] Tuesday 31/05/2016


    Give me a call I don’t have your mobile.


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