As some of you know, my job was recently eliminated. All funding was cut to our project, and many people were let go. Most of the people had 20+ years experience, so it was very sad for many. I have made many friends at that company since I started working there 21 years ago. Even though I worked on and off (stayed home to raise the kids for many years), I still kept in touch with a lot of these great people. So, even though I didn’t really enjoy the job I did, I did enjoy working with my friends. Although I have left this job in the past, this time it is different. Previously, I always knew I might be rehired as new projects always seemed to pop up. This time, it appears funding has been cut permanently. When I turn in my laptop shortly, it will be for good.
I am now at a crossroads as to what to do next. My kids are all teenagers, so it isn’t like they need their mom around constantly. However, I do want to continue to have the flexibility of being available at 3:30 so I can watch their games and attend school events. That is something I am not willing to give up. (Along with going out to lunch! ) I am sure not many bosses appreciate employees that run out the door at 3:00 all the time though.
So, over the coming weeks I will be doing a lot of thinking. Thinking about where to go from here. Thinking about how my oldest child is leaving for college soon. Change can be very difficult, but it can also be exciting. In my case, I am excited to contemplate what my next step will be. However, I know dropping my son off at college is going to be tough…
Have any of you ever ‘remade’ yourself after a job change? Thoughts?