Losing a job can be devastating and the hardest part is to begin picking up the pieces.
During these times, the best thing to do it to reach out. Ladies, we have perfected this. Men, however, are still falling behind. But reaching out is so important because those connections will be able to share their personal stories with you, give you pep talks and increase your confidence.
In an economy marked by rampant layoffs and the slow death of entire industries, many adults are wondering if now is the time to go back to school for further technical training, to finish a bachelor's degree, or to pursue a graduate or professional degree. The answer? It depends.
It depends on your reason for going back to school.
To update your skills?
I was walking near Lincoln Center
about a week after I got fired. The weather was glorious and I felt
like every breath I took brought me higher and higher. I wanted to hug
everyone harder and harder. I had a glow. I was in love with every
morsel of life and I finally had time to taste every bite.
When you are a mom you want to do the best for everyone around you: children, husband, family, and friends. But what about you? What do you do for yourself? For me it was the dream of a switch to a career in graphic design. Was it worth it? Read on...
This time last year I knew what I was going to do for the rest of my life--a graphic designer. I enrolled in the graduate graphic design program at a local university. I spent an unbelievable amount on art supplies, textbooks, and software. I was ready to go.
The past few days, I have been researching the possibility of going back to school. Grad School. Tests, research, and the dreaded thesis. Now, I would not be thinking of doing this, seeing as I have my BS degree in something completely not related to a Master's of Psychology, unless the career I currently have does not appear to be working out. Ok, so the career I currently have does not appear to be working out. I need a Plan B.
I’ve been in a funk for the last
week or so. Something has just been unsettled in my soul, and I hadn’t
been able to identify it. Until today. I had anticipated heavy
involvement in my kids’ schools this year, but it hasn’t turned out
that way and they are doing just fine without me underfoot every day.
My younger two, who attend a “university format” school, go to classes
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and are home doing lessons with me on
Tuesday- Thursday. Next year, we just learned, the school will change
First, an explanation of the title "Life After -30-": Old-school journalists know that -30- is a symbol that signifies the end of a story. I'm going to blog about my experiences since I put a -30- on my newspaper career.
My last two newspaper jobs were as a copy editor. Few people outside the business know what a copy editor is. The Washington Post's Deborah Howell summed up the job perfectly in a recent column:
A few months ago I had lunch with some of my old colleagues from my most recent corporate job that I left 9 months ago. As they were busy stressing about having taken a lunch break (my boss will kill me!), shuffling papers for work (I just need to get this one thing done!), and generally apologizing for their human need for oh say food and connection, I could see much more clearly with the eyes of having been removed from that environment.