Post # 1
I just learned that the sh*tty company that I work for will be laying me and others like me off on Dec 31st. Happy f*ckin New Year’s to me… I hated this stupid job to be honest. Quite frankly, they cut my hours back so much that I may make about the same thing on unemployment as I do now.
My FI and I think that in SOME ways, it is a blessing in disguise. I can focus more on school, and take some of the scarier classes next semester. This way, I will have more time for tutoring, etc. I also may not have been able to afford to move had this happened earlier, and trust me, I really needed to move. He also says that he wanted me to have some time to relax because I have not had an extended break. Also, with this garbage job with no benefits, if I did not work I did not get paid. So for the week of the wedding/honeymoon there would have been no paycheck. I was also not planning on using much money from work for the wedding. I also think I could save more from unemployment funds than from work, oddly…
On the other hand, there is not an option for extra income by working more (not that there was to begin with). My major concern is finding work prior to the benefits running out. Sometimes it can take a minimum of months to a year to start getting called for interviews. I don’t know what will happen in that situation. I don’t know if legislation has been set forth for extended benefits for next year, just in case.
I don’t mind working, it is fulfilling in many ways. I have been stuck with jobs with terrible schedules and or pay. I am by no means picky, I just need to earn enough to cover bills, etc. I am going to school as a business major and eventually I want to get my masters.
I don’t know what the heck I am asking you bees for! Perhaps to feel better because the world wishes to steal my joy (I was so excited for Christmas). For advice on how to land another, probably crappy, job maybe? Reassurance that finishing college is a good idea? I know there are other bees in even worse situations, so strangely I still feel blessed with what I have. There is a feeling creeping up on me… It is a good feeling?! I can’t seem to shake it. My supervisor said she cried when she found out. I feel, almost giddy. Maybe I have lost my mind along with the job. Hope is a good thing, right?
Post # 3
@bebelicious1: not much advice i can give, but im sorry this is happening to you. your positive outlook should certainly come back with good karma. & finishing school will definitely likely help you land a better job in the future coupled with the experience that you gained at this one.
and it seems like it stressed you out, so yea, totally go with the blessing in disguise. it may get rough, as the job market is still not back to where it was, but it will all work out how its supposed to.
good look OP
Post # 4
Thanks so much for the encouragement! I said something on here because I do not want to tell most of my family and friends… It’s a mixture of embarassment and not wanting anyone to worry. It is difficult not to stress when you only make enough to live paycheck to paycheck, though… I really appreciate the comment!
Post # 5
That’s terrible 🙁 Sorry to hear. My brother always gets laid off near the holidays. It is not good.
Post # 6
I found out last Friday my last day would be Dec 31st as well. It sucks! Oh… And I’m 4 months pregnant. Like you my job came with no vacation so I am looking at it like an extended vaca as unemployment will be able to get us by for a little while. Finishing school for you would be great, I want to look into what unemployment will pay for and maybe go back to school myself. 🙂
Post # 7
I am in the same boat as you sweet heart. I am not working right now as of late Nov. I have just signed up for EI and trying to navigate THAT hell hole. It’s funny how EASILY the Govt. can take EI contributions from every pay cheque but when it comes to giving back, it’s a nightmare! And I haven’t used EI for around 8+ yrs. That too it’s only for 3-4 mths. So I totally feel your pain.
Oh and also, I will be taking some classes in the new year. I want a slight shift in my career. So until then I will have an organized, well functioning home. And then ready to start a new chapter in my life.
On the flip side, I am using this time SO PRODUCTIVELY. I am organizing my ENTIRE HOUSE. It isn’t super messy but it could use some TLC. And I never got any time even on weekends to do this cuz I had a very hectic job and commute. So I am using this downtime very wisely. And it is very theraputic.
Also, I made it a personal challenge never to cook the same dish twice as long as I am not working. I am trying new, complicated, big recipes. All this takes up a lot of time which I didn’t have before. Hubby is pretty happy with this. Hehe!
Post # 8
Sorry to hear about your job. 🙁
I think life handed you the perfect opportunity to get those tougher classes out of the way, so that’s a plus.
I’d also maybe make a mini-New Years resolution to do something awesome to put on your resume – voulenteer somewhere relevant, get involved in a project somewhere, etc. I mean, the timing is right, ya?
And finally, if I were in your shoes, I’d take up a new hobby in the new year (because I’d at least want to feel like I was making the most out of my time). I would ask for it for Christmas. So i.e.- even though I didn’t ask for it, FI gave me a harmonica as an early Xmas gift. I’ve always wanted to learn how to play so bam: new hobby.
It can be a new fitness thing, an instrument, cooking, a creative hobby like painting or carving… something to keep your hands busy that isn’t work-work or school work.
Always know you can come on the bee to complain OR to entertain yourself! 🙂