What’s it like losing your job?

Posted October 9th, 2012 by russfrazierwp and filed in Bitter lametations, Business and Economy
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Lot’s of people know what this is like. Here’s the perspective from an engineer who was making over 90K with bonuses, had, at one time, exercised stock options that paid for a new car and enjoyed a comfortable life. I used to travel internationally, enjoying the occasional business trip and vacationing in the Caribbean or at Lake Tahoe once a year. That’s over.

Well, I will say that after several years of reflecting, the hardest part for me has been the complete loss of social status. Engineers generally make useful contributions to the world. They have difficult jobs, which is partly why they (used to) get paid so much. It felt good to do a difficult job, be recognized for my work and earn pay reflecting some sort of corporate recognition of compensation. My friends, family and spouse respected me. Strangers treated me well.

That is all gone now, save for a grain of respect my wife is sustaining, somehow, but is notably strained. Is it money, is it simply the fact that I no longer serve a purpose? I don’t know the answer to that, but I will say that I might as well be a different person. It’s as if that other person I used to be no longer exists. Acquaintances, family and friends are suggesting I become such things as:

  • Fitness trainer
  • Pet sitter
  • Dog trainer
  • School teacher

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