As of about two hours ago, what I feared and expected, came to pass. I was called into a Friday, 4pm meeting with my manager. She informed me what the situation was, and that she had to lay me off.
I was expecting it as you all know, but I thought I’d be able to work out a transition plan where I could at least work until I found something else. No. Everything was effective immediately. That caught me off guard. I got teary eyed at the suddenness of it all.
I’m not broken up about losing this job very much. I have been submitting job applications to other places for the last few weeks. I’m stressed out about how I’m going to pay my bills. If I didn’t have any debt, I could make do because my living expenses are now so low. But, I do have debt, a lot of it. How am I going to make those minimum payments if I don’t get another job right away? I. hate. debt.
I hate that debt is causing me so much stress. I hate the way I’ve felt all week, waiting for the axe to fall. I watched my manager avoid me all week. I sat at my desk with nothing to do while co-workers had three projects each. The last hour before the meeting was nerve-wracking. I hate being at someone’s mercy like that. I will never ever go into debt again. No amount of stuff is worth this. My number one priority is to get another 9-5, live as cheaply as possible and pay this debt off as fast as I can.
I have to tell my landlord and re-assure her that I will be able to pay rent. I will be eligible for unemployment benefits.
I have to tell my family (my siblings and parents) and deal with that. That’s going to be the source of another post. I’m sure of it.
Sigh. My landlord/roommate #1, a 59 year old woman, just came back to the house with her boyfriend. That makes me feel so alone, because I have no one to console me right now. I don’t think it has completely hit me yet. I’m unemployed. I am unemployed. I have no place to go on Monday. And the clock is ticking.
Soon, I will formulate a plan of action (filing for unemployment benefits, ramping up job applications, etc.). For right now, tonight, I just need to cope and deal with this emotionally.
So sorry that this has happened to you 😦 When one door closes, another one opens!! Dont be too hard on yourself, this is something that you did not cause! Your previous manager/co-workers will soon realize how much you will be missed. Please think of this as an opportunity/stepping stone to rise up the ladder for the next place that you are supposed to be. Stay strong and positive!! Good things are heading your way!
Thanks, Teresa. You were right. Things ended up working out for the better. I couldn’t stay there.
I’ve been following your blog some time now and wanted to reach out. I have been in your situation almost exactly but have found a way out. Have tou considered using your degree to teach English overseas? Its what I am doing amd many broke college grads. It’s amazing how much they pay is and the experience is wonderful as well. If you have a y questions or just want advice please email me. I live and work in Korea and love that I have enough money to pay back loans, to save, spend, and then some. This is the only opportunity I have found there to be right now as the U.S. struggles to get back on its feet. I hope your ok and please know your NOT alone!!!
P.s sorry for the misspelling… typing from my phone
Thanks for the support. That’s an idea. I will look into teaching English abroad. I will see how my current applications go first. I will keep this option in mind.
I can clearly recall that October day in 2009 when I was laid off. It was a total surprise. I cried because I was so unprepared…like you I had way too much debt and too little savings.
But I have to say that those three months of being out of work were a blessing. Getting laid off taught me that I was more than my job title.
Enjoy your free time between looking for a new job.
Thank you for the kind words. I have since found a job, however you never really get over losing a job so suddenly.
Yes, we are more than just our jobs.