Post # 1
Because of the economy, there has been a massive restructuring at my place of employment and I have been laid off. They gave me 60 days notice and have been trying to help me find another job…that was 48 days ago. Plenty of interviews, but so far no offers.
What has surprised me about the entire debacle is that this isn’t a particularly sad thing for me. In fact, I’m finding it all rather exciting! Office life is great for some people but, though it’s something that I do well, I don’t think it’s right for me (and I don’t think I’ve ever really felt that it was).
I’m finding that I’m really looking forward to going back to school, having a little bit of time off, and very clearly uncovering what direction I want to go in.
Oh, and I’m finding this to be an excellent opportunity to try new things. I’ve always wanted to learn woodworking and flower arranging, and now I have the time PLUS I can save money on my wedding by doing lots of stuff myself.
Losing my job has really helped me to put my life in perspective in ways I haven’t imagined. Yes, I was scared (I still have moments of total freak out: What if I get sick? What if I can’t find a job? What if, what if, what IF???) but with my FI by my side and a good head on my shoulders, I feel supported in a way that I never have before.
Has anyone else gone through a major life change that turned out to be a blessing in disguise?
Any words of advice for those of us out there who really want to try something different but don’t know where/are scared to start?
Post # 3
A friend of mine just found out she’s got Celiac Disease and lost her job in one week. She still has loans but she is looking for jobs in other arenas because, frankly she HATED her other job and has convinced herself this is a blessing in disguise. It turns out the Celiac Disease was likely triggered by stress and she has made a major life change in destressing her life completely.
Sometimes things just work out the way they are supposed to.
Sometimes I think that if i got laid off, it wouldn’t be the WORST thing in the world, except I certainly couldn’t cover my bills without my job. Once dH gets out, he’ll have no job so one of us will be unemployed
Post # 4
Yes! I am so pleased to see that you have such a terrific attitude and are seeing this as an opportunity as opposed to a tragedy in your life.
I was laid off in the middle of a move and my car was stolen, all in the same week. I was dumbstruck, but had no choice but to pick myself up, dust myself off and make things happen. I reached out to friends and family and learned that a cable TV network where a friend works was hiring and that began a career in media which led me onto the web where I’ve worked happily for 10+ years. I was able to stay in my old apartment, and the new job was actually a nice raise so I was able to buy a car quickly. It all worked out for the best!
If you have even a vague idea of what other kind of work you’d like to do, look into internships. Since you mentioned going back to school, that avenue should be available. Alternatively, you could volunteer if there’s a charitable organiziation you think you’d like to work for.
Lots of opportunity for you now, this seemingly bad news can create excitment and positive change in your life. Good luck and keep us posted!
Post # 5
Well yes and no. I just graduated in May with a Special Ed degree and I couldn’t secure a teaching job so for the next year I am jobless. I’m going to sub to gain experience because I think that hurt me. However, I will not be making what I would have and I don’t get benefits which stinks.
Thankfully, I have the greatest parents in the world who will help me (I have $150,000 student loan debt – only borrowed $90,000 but they are private and interest killed me for 6 yrs) and our landlord (FI’s aunt cut our rent) and my FI is supportive so I know I’ll survive. It’s still very stressful for me since I am 100% a type A planner!
Post # 6
I have been laid off for 6 months. It was truly a blessing in disguise because I had a crappy retail job. I worked most nights and almost every weekend. While I miss the money coming in, I am much happier. I’ve gotten so many projects both around the house and for the wedding done. I’ve been cooking and baking more.
I’m going to go back to school full-time this fall. I’m still looking for a job but I’m hoping to find something part time I can work around school.
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
I got hired and laid off within a month. This was my first job out of college. The September financial crisis happened. The company got spooked and let me go.
It took me forever to find another job, which was terrible for someone who had just signed a lease in DC — one of the most expensive markets in the country. The only reason I got my current job was because my fiance’s dad mentioned something to one of his contractors. I would probably still be jobless if I had to do this on my own.
I have nothing positive to say about unemployment. We couldn’t afford cable or internet and didn’t have a couch for six months. We tethered our blackberries. We probably qualified for food stamps (never looked into it however..)
We went into very very minor debt because it, but that really wasn’t the worst consequence. It was the feeling of inadequacy, the shame, everything. Worse yet, I had just moved here, so I didn’t know anyone but my fiance and since I had no job and no money, I met no one. There was very little support.
I’m glad others have been able to make something out of those situations. But I never want to go through that again.
Post # 8
when a door is closed a window is opened
I wonder what is worse staying in a job you hate or having no job and no income but the freedom to explore what you really want
I’d rather be happy