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July 15, 2012 · 168 comments

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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?

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Wealth Artisan July 15, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Hey Kris,

I’m really sorry to hear what you’re going through. I pray the best for you and your family. While it might be really tough, I know that you’ll pull through. As you said “… it can also be exciting.” I hope this opens up a new chapter in your life that is more exciting than you ever could have imagined.

All the best,


Kris July 19, 2012 at 8:57 am

Timothy, thanks so much for your kindness. The new chapter probably will be more exciting, this last chapter (employment wise) was kind of boring and unfulfilling. I just hope it is the good kind of excitement! 🙂


Sam July 15, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Sorry to hear about the changes Kris. Good thing it doesn’t sound like you need the income to survive.

I’m remaking my career now after announcing I retred from my job of 13 years. I’m excited about the change and the freedom to do whatever, whenever!

All the best and great to hear from you again!



Kris July 19, 2012 at 8:56 am

I am so glad for you Sam, and I figured retirement was in your short-term future. You are going to do great things, I know it!

Thanks for the well wishes!


Lance @ Money Life and More July 15, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Sorry for the bad news. Sometimes losing a job can lead to great opportunities though and I hope that is the case for you this time. Good luck and keep us updated!


Kris July 19, 2012 at 8:55 am

Thanks for the luck and I totally agree, this could be a great opportunity. I just need to figure out what is out there!


Roshawn @ Watson Inc July 16, 2012 at 12:19 am

Sorry about the sad news! I know that are often great opportunities to capitalize on after job loss. Still, it can be jarring to go through. I wish you all the best as you navigate this change.


Kris July 19, 2012 at 8:51 am

Thanks Shawn. I have a feeling this will all be for the best!


First Gen American July 16, 2012 at 8:28 am

I just did an article today about most of us being too scared to make changes (including myself) until we’re forced. I’ll be interested to know what direction you end up going in. My company has gone through many many layoffs over the years and although I haven’t personally been impacted yet, I know most people end up happier and in better jobs than the ones they were in. For the great majority of folks, the change was good for them.

Good luck on the soul searching…although since it’s summer, I’d probably be inclined to live it up til school starts back up again.


Kris July 19, 2012 at 8:51 am

I am shocked at the level of lay offs the company is doing. They are losing so much experience, it will be interesting to see what happens next for the company. I am sure they will be fine though.

Soul searching is a good term to describe my experience. I need to know more about what is available in both the job market and in the ‘volunteer’ market. I am giving myself another month to decide I think, we will see. Maybe something will jump out in the meantime?

Thanks for the luck!


Financial Independence July 16, 2012 at 2:10 pm

The most important thing is to be open minded. With your experience you at the prime of your career at the moment. It could be tough to do it part-time, as most of the employer would be after you at full time.
But I am sure you will find an agreeable solution. Re-inventing yourself is a very interesting challenge, if you are not so concerned with the money initially.


Kris July 19, 2012 at 8:48 am

I know the part time part could be a real hinderance to my job search. It is just tough because I don’t want to miss out on the kid stuff.

My mind will be open for sure. I don’t have any desire to go back to computer programming at all. To be honest, working at Barnes and Noble sounds kinda nice! 🙂

Thanks for the encouragement.


BeatingTheIndex July 17, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Kris, justmake sure you take the time to think it over AFTER you enjoy a break. Clear your mind in order to set your next objective…life goes on and this might be for the better!


Kris July 19, 2012 at 8:37 am

This is excellent advice. I have so many thought whirling around my head right now that I probably should take a step back and just kind of let things happen somewhat.


Little House July 18, 2012 at 10:25 am

Sorry to hear about your job loss. When change happens and it’s not in your control, it can be both frightening and exciting at the same time. Do some soul searching and think about what you love to do- that should guide you to your next adventure. Also enjoy a little time off for yourself.


Kris July 19, 2012 at 8:32 am

I am loving this time off, that is for sure. I think I need to explore more of what volunteer opportunities are available too.


Crystal @ Prairie Ecothrifter July 19, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I knew you disliked that job so I hope whatever you tackle next is way more enjoyable!!! Hope you can get back into blogging a bit since I’ve missed you.


Kris July 26, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Oh thank you Crystal. My next post will be showing up soon. I have been in and out of town lately!


Kevin Mzansi July 20, 2012 at 2:38 am

I remember when I was retrenched a couple of years ago, my feeling was more relief than anything else. I was starting to dislike the job, so the overwhelming feeling was the ability to go out there and do something else and try something new. I ended up taking a couple of months off and enjoying where I was for a couple of months, before moving on to my next project. It was really a great mini-retirement to re-ponder what was important to me and what I really wanted to do with my life.


Kris July 26, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I am with you Kevin. I think I will be deciding my fate in the fall. I want to enjoy the summer and see where life takes me.


Sandy H @ Journey To Our Home July 21, 2012 at 1:42 pm

So sorry to hear this! My company is outsourcing soon, while I’ve only been there for 6 years and not over 20. There are a whole range of emotions we are all going through. Life is changing and we just need to find the best course of action.
Good luck! I know it isn’t an easy time.


Kris July 26, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Thanks so much Sandy. Are you definitely losing your job?

I have never been good at change, but I am trying to look at this positively.


Sandy H @ Journey To Our Home July 27, 2012 at 10:44 am

Kris- I will definitely be losing my job. Out of about 104 employees, only about 15 will remain with the company. Another company will be taking over operations in the same location, but we have to apply for jobs & go through the interview process just like any other external company.
Tension has been running high and we have about 2 months until the conversion.


Kris July 28, 2012 at 10:58 am

Oh my gosh Sandy, that is terrible news. Are you looking elsewhere, or hoping to stay with the new company?

Those two months might be tough. Negativity and fear can spread like wildfire. I wish you the absolute best of luck, and let me know how things go.


Sandy H @ Journey To Our Home July 28, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I’ve been trying to outline to a small extent what is going on at work here http://www.journeytoourhome.com/category/budget/career/
I will continue to update on my situation. I am a planner, and the unknown makes it incredibly difficult to plan.
The positive is that severance is being offered to those of us that stay until the conversion. I don’t want to leave before then, but timing on when to apply at other companies is tough. I did apply with the new company and interview but they haven’t given us any salary ranges for the positions, and we aren’t aware of the benefit package. It is hard to know if you want a job without knowing what it pays.
I think I would have a better attitude if I would have been laid off during the summer, instead of heading into Thanksgiving and Christmas!


Kris July 29, 2012 at 9:51 am

Sandy, I couldn’t have better planned the timing of my layoff, that is for sure. It is awful that you will be looking at it into the holidays though.

Living with the unknown is one of life’s biggest challenges. Some people handle it all as an adventure and just know the right thing will come along. However, like you, I am more of a planner, so it can be tough.

Going to read your post now!


Squeezer @Personal Finance Success July 21, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Look at it as an opportunity. Maybe you’ll either find a better paying job or start your own business.


Kris July 26, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I agree- it will be an opportunity. Just gotta see what knocks! 🙂


Jacq July 29, 2012 at 10:19 am

Part-time jobs in the corporate world are rare as hen’s teeth. The only way I’ve found to get them is through some contract work situations – but they’re generally temporary too. So I sincerely wish you luck with that.
At least nobody can ever call you a job-hopper! All the best – I’m sure everything will turn out fine


Kris July 29, 2012 at 10:27 am

Hey Jacq! My reinvention is in process! Not sure of the ultimate destination yet, but I am paying attention to the journey and seeing what unfolds.

Isn’t that scary that I was at that job so long, on and off? Flexibility can be priceless, even if you hate the job. I know I won’t find a situation where I can work from home and at 20 hours a week. But something a little different might not be so bad at this stage of my life.

Hope things are going great for you!


Jacq July 29, 2012 at 11:39 am

Well, I’ve heard you have to now worry about being overqualified. I think working at a bank would be a good low stress, decent income job with decent hours. That’s one I’ve thought of doing once in awhile.
Yes, things are going very well here. Saving like gang-busters to maybe pull the plug permanently next year if Ms. Market tells me it’s ok. I just need to figure out what I’d do all day that could occupy my left brain. But there’s a major volunteer opportunity coming up with the summer games being held in my city so maybe I could geek out with spreadsheets and finances there. 🙂


Kris July 29, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I don’t think I have to worry too much about being overqualified, unless the world goes back to mainframe programming, which I doubt will happen soon. 🙂 I think I will be going back to my business roots, but not sure yet. Maybe I will just become independently wealthy?

I think you would find plenty to do to occupy your left brain. I totally see you starting your own company Jacq.


101 Centavos July 29, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I sat on knowledge-share sessions recently after a couple of interviews. One candidate was deemed a job-hopper (and rightly so), while the next one was thought to be afraid of change because he had stayed at his company for so long. I just had to throw up my hand and call BS on that one.


101 Centavos July 29, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Hey Kris, I know exactly how you feel about leaving a good team behind. One of our own recently had to move to a different city due to a family situation. There were many tears and hugs on his last day. Very sad.


Kris August 3, 2012 at 7:30 am

Thanks 101. Can’t say I am a fan of my former employer, but the people were great. Too bad employers don’t always see the value the people bring, but instead look at the salaries.


Khaleef @ KNS Financial August 3, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Hey Kris, sorry to hear that your separation looks to be permanent this time. I was hoping that it would work out as it has in the past for you.

Anyway, I am glad that you guys have your finances in order so the loss isn’t critical for your household. I will be praying for you and your family, that God will lead you to the perfect job for you and your household.


Kris August 4, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Khaleef, you are so kind! That is so nice of you to keep our family in your prayers. You can never have too many prayers, that is for sure!

Thank you!!!


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