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Funkman(23 posts)

Oct 24, 2003 3:21 PM
When you posted about your job, I was going to post my condolences and tell you I feel your pain. But that would have been a lie. Today, I can post and tell you I feel your pain. I do. First time I've ever been laid off. And I didn't realize how close we are to November 1. Its really just a week away. Well buddy, I feel your pain. Hang in!

The big difference between our situations is that my job is one of those where they show up at your desk with a severance package and a box. I guess I'm on "vacation" now. Well, at least it resolves my conflict over when to quit.
Sorry to hear that KristinLive Steam
Oct 24, 2003 3:40 PM
I know the feeling myself. It's quite embarrassing being escorted out of the building by security personnel that used to work for you. That's what happened to me anyway. That day I promised myself that I would never work under the control of another employer. That day happened 13 years ago a few weeks back.

You will come out of this stronger and more self-reliant. Look at it as a blessing in disguise. You sound like you have a lot to offer and you will probably be better off in the long run. Good luck and celebrate the liberation!
I was just thinking about your situation yesterday ...sacheson
Oct 24, 2003 3:54 PM
and wondering what you decided to do.

I'm sorry you got laid off, and I hope you can find work soon - if nothing more than to thank the selfish jerk you worked for for a nice paid vacation.

Keep us up on what happens next!
Life sucksMR_GRUMPY
Oct 24, 2003 5:37 PM
Have a few beers, then a few more. Since you are female, it's OK to cry a little. Take a week off, and then get busy looking. It may take a little time, with this great boom time we are in, but things will work out. You may want to kick back and stay away from the forum for a few days to get refocused. Or maybe not.
There has been quite a few layoffs where I work, in the last two years. My department size is half the size it used to be.
well that sucks...mohair_chair
Oct 24, 2003 7:23 PM
Don't know what to say, except I hope what's next for you is far better than where you were. And I hope it comes quickly, but not too quickly. Enjoy a few days of vacation while you can.
that sucksDougSloan
Oct 24, 2003 7:47 PM
more time for riding, I guess. hang in there

Sorry to hear that4bykn
Oct 25, 2003 5:05 AM
Kristin, you have my address and phone number, if I can help in any way let me know.

Ride in Peace....Mike
I feel for ya.Len J
Oct 25, 2003 7:19 AM
Been there done that, got the tee shirt.

Sounds like you had already been planning the next step, life does have a way of "Nudging" you in the direction you should go.

Remember, keep your focus forward not backward.

Sorry, I know it feels like sh@#

Thanks EveryoneFree2Pedal
Oct 25, 2003 10:36 AM
Thanks for all the kind words. I figured now is a good time to change my screen name. I'm sick of having my real name up here. This has already been a mixed blessing. I was scheduled to take my MS 70-215 exam this morning. Well, I was kind of a wreck yesterday, so that blew studying...and I wasn't feeling completely prepared either. Well, I checked the Prometric site and they had my registration all screwed up. So they let me reschedule for whenever I wanted--even though my test was within 24 hours. So I rescheduled for this Wednesday and I have 5 days to study at leisure.

I have a lot to figure out in the next few weeks. I can't think of any other jobs that I'd be qualified for that would pay like IT. I wish I could just go back to school full time, but I have the daunting mortgage and car payment. Well, I need to study. Thanks again for all the encouragement. It is more likely than not, that things will turn out for the better, so I'm keeping the glass half-full. At least I don't work in that environment anymore.

Hey Doug, what is the legal definition of "disparaging?" Its one of the stipulations of my severance.
Oct 25, 2003 1:16 PM
I take it they bought your silence? If you value your severance, I'd just keep quiet, unless of course you might have a legal claim. If so, talk to a lawyer, though.
I like the new name.mickey-mac
Oct 25, 2003 1:37 PM
Not that anything's wrong with your real name, but this one sets a positive tone. Sorry about the termination but happy to hear that you'll have more time to ride.
home on the rangemohair_chair
Oct 25, 2003 5:31 PM
...where never is heard, a disparaging word, and the skies are not cloudy all day.

It means don't bad mouth them. You've already done that here, but that was before they cut you loose!
"discouraging"?? nmDougSloan
Oct 26, 2003 9:51 AM
sure ismohair_chair
Oct 27, 2003 7:07 AM
I think they changed "disparaging" to "discouraging" at the same time they added "under God" to the pledge of allegiance. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

I'm pretty sure that on the range, if there were no discouraging words, there were no disparaging words either.

Now about the Star Spangled Banner, why does it start "Jose can you see?"
A better life aheadPicshooter
Oct 26, 2003 4:50 AM
Having been there I feel you pain. My "Golden Handshake "Included a 1 year non compete which forced me to ride every day and plan my future.
Consider it a blessing.
Enjoy your vacation, recharge yourself, keep smiling!...nmrwbadley
Oct 27, 2003 7:43 AM
not to make light of your situationColnagoFE
Oct 27, 2003 9:47 AM
but there are days I wish they'd come by with the box and the blue folder myself. Good luck. Sound like fate to me. Jump right out there and find out what it is you really want to be doing!
HOLY CRAP...funknuggets
Oct 27, 2003 3:37 PM
Sorry chicka...

No severance for me, Im but a lowly contractor... and funny thing is they are treating me better than the employees. You want to know something funny, I've been "looking" off and on now for about a year. Nary a thing. I float the fact that I've been essentially canned out, I get three inquiries (albiet nothing serious yet) within a day. So, it is odd how things work out.

Not sure where you are at, but if I remember correctly, arent you up in the Michigan/Chicago area??? Let me know, I may be able to point you in some directions as I have a week jump on you in the looking part!!!

Best of luck, as always.

Where are you located?Free2Pedal
Oct 28, 2003 5:24 PM
I'm not 100% sure what I'm doing yet. I cancelled the 70-215 server cert test that was scheduled for the day after they offed me. I wasn't totally prepared anyway--poor selection of study materials--so that worked out. But I'm not sure I even want to stay in network admin. I've talked with colleagues who don't seem to need to study even half as long as I do. I think perhaps I'm not cut out for server admin. I'm great with end users, but who wants to work on a Helpdesk forever? I thought about taking the Office Trainer certs and going back into tech training, but I don't know if that market is very strong. Also, I would probably need to speak some sort of Spanish for the job. since most of the people in need of basic PC training are immagrants. Anyway, as you can see, I have lots of questions to answer before I figure out where I'm going. What do you do again? I'm guessing its IT, since you were consulting.
Yah, IT.funknuggets
Oct 29, 2003 3:23 PM
Yup, you guessed it. What gave you the clue... outsourced, consulting, who knows, who cares. Lah de dah... It is hilarious how unmotivated everyone is around here. Some of the old timers are pretty funny as they have these fat severance packages and are going to go get unemployment... they have the scam all planned out.

I am a sys analyst, which is a silly generic term for every thing from reqs, to design, to testing, to support... so in a nutshell, I cant code, but can tell people what to code and where their code is broke. haha.

You never said where you lived.

I'm in ChicagoFree2Pedal
Oct 30, 2003 3:32 PM
I just decided to get out of IT. It used to be that a network admin would take one class (CNA) for 5 days and then study for 3 weeks and then take a test. After that he possessed a great certification that pretty much guaranteed him a job. Today, just to get invited for an interview, I need to pass 7 exams, 3 of them very tough. And MCSE's are at the bottom of the network totem pole. I have been studying during most of my free time since August to take the 215 Win2K server cert...the 1st of the 7. I spent 2.5 months engrossing myself in this topic, only to score 40% of practice exams. I have colleagues who study for just 3 weeks and pass no problemo. The scope of IT has expanded exponentially. And I'm struggling to keep up with it.

Its funny that I joked about thinning out the herd just 2 weeks ago. I believe I will help, by thinning myself out. I have no idea what I'll do--i.e. how to pay for college and mortgage--but I don't think it will be IT.
Wife and I laid off the same dayErik W
Oct 28, 2003 7:40 AM
Sorry to hear about the lay off. I've been laid off three times myself. The last time being the last working day before Christmas of 2001. My wife was laid off the same day. We managed to have a nice holiday anyway but I wouldn't want to deal with that again. In hindsight getting laid off always turned out to be a good thing. After the last lay off I got out of the Tech sector and am now happy as the bookkeeper of a locally owned outdoor shop (Mountain Sports in Boulder, CO).

Life's about opportunities.eyebob
Nov 3, 2003 7:42 AM
It may sound pithy, but I'd think that all of us in one way or another have had some negative things happen only to find in the long run that they are part of a continuem of positives. If you think and act carefully, you'll make good next steps for yourself and find yourself in a better place.

Good luck.