Looking ahead into the unknown…
Recently a number of my coworkers and I received news that, as the result of our company being acquired by a larger entity, our departments, and positions, are being relocated. We, however, are not being relocated with them. I suspect that others of us may get similar news before everything is all said and done. Some of us have never experienced a layoff before.
I have. This is actually my 3rd trip to the layoff rodeo and, while it is a disappointment, I realize that it is not the Earth-shattering catastrophe I once would have thought. Is there uncertainty? Of course. Nervousness, even? Well, sure. But panic? No. (At least, not yet!)
I am grateful for ample advance notice, time which will allow me and my team of coworker-friends (many of whom I love like family) to formulate a strategy for moving forward. We range from early 30’s to near-retirement age, and each life stage presents unique challenges and opportunities in the world of job searches, networking and how we might proceed to reinvent ourselves. As this news is still sinking in, the choice I am making is to imagine a world full of possibilities for all of us.
Do you remember being a child, and having an adult ask, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”? I am once again asking myself this question…moving forward, what do I want to be and do? How do I wish to spend the remaining days of my life, professionally and otherwise?
I want to pursue many avenues, and I also want to focus on a select few. I want to build upon the skill set I already have, and I also want to reinvent myself completely. I want to be able to provide for my family’s immediate needs and desires while taking a new, longer view at the horizon before me…a horizon filled with interesting, terrifying, exciting possibilities. For all I know, everything else in my life has been building up to this precise moment, to what end, I have no idea…yet. But as we say in the television business, stay tuned.