Not sure which way to take the news I got today. Also not sure whether to put this here or in the Pit.
I got laid off from my job this morning, from a company I’ve worked at for 9 years. (Funny how this came just a couple days after I posted in the “Is there such a thing as job security” thread.)
On the one hand, I have a reasonably good severance package – 27 weeks’ pay. On the other hand, it will not last forever.
I am in an awkward stage – I am really just a bit too young to retire, but regardless of theoretical laws against age and sex discrimination, a woman pushing 60 will find it hard to compete against younger – and more masculine – folks in the job market. Most employers don’t want to take on someone who will likely be retiring in a couple of years. And I’ll have to go buy an “interview suit” and go through all that job search and interview crap.
I know which parts of myself I can “market” – maturity, low probability of asking for maternity leave – but it will not be fun. IN fact, it will be a PITA, frustrating, and I will probably have to travel a lot of dead ends. I was the ONLY person in my entire family with a full-time job. My husband is retired, one (adult) child is currently unable to work, the other (adult) child is working part time while attempting to pursue an acting career (she IS supporting herself, though).
I have a vacation scheduled for next week anyway; maybe I’ll just start out tomorrow. Or maybe I’ll sleep late.
That is all. Thank you for listening. We now return you to your regularly scheduled message board.