I worked for the same company for almost sixteen years. I got several promotions while I was there, but didn’t shed work, just seemed to collect more. Even with the variety of what I did (in a Corporate Legal Department), I knew my job inside out. New tasks were often assigned to me, but I didn’t bat and eyelid because I knew the company so well. I was the Queen of putting out fires, handling emergencies and generally getting stuff done.
Then they laid me off. There was no warning! I was speechless! I felt sick, scared and betrayed. When you’re in your late fifties you always have that fear that no one will want to employ you. Yes I was being paid severance, but it didn’t make me feel any better. What if I never work again?
Looking back, I wish I’d relaxed and enjoyed my time off a little more. It only took me three months to find a new position with a better salary, better pension and much better PTO. It was meant to be. Funny how things turn out.
Is there any resemblance between the job I left and the one I’m doing now? Not much! They are both in a Legal Department, but that’s about it.
To make my point, don’t worry about your age if you lose your job. Your confidence may take a knock for a while, but you’ll get over it. Many firms today are looking for people with experience and a pleasant personality. You can have qualifications erupting out of your ears, but if you’re clearly unpleasant to work with, no one wants to hire you.
I love my new job, its fast paced, upbeat, and I work with a great group of people. So remember, there is life after layoffs and yes…….I’m living proof you CAN teach a dog new tricks!