This time of the year seems to be terribly stressful for me. This time last year, I thought I had relapsed with the hodge, only to find out it was all a fluke and then went back to work a week shy of today, a year ago. In 2006, I found my lovely hodge lump in my neck a few weeks from this time... and of course now, what I thought was my stable job, has now decided that I'm an expendable employee.
When we were being told the news the only thing going through my mind was healthcare. As a cancer survivor, with a pre-existing condition, I can't lapse in healthcare coverage -- ever. I mean, yeah, I'm bummed about not having a job but I'm more concerned with how I'll pay my bills. I still haven't even dug out of cancer debt still... I was actually considering getting a part time job because my current gig wasn't cutting it -- and now I have to figure out how to make as much PLUS more... I gotta be honest, I'm not really excited about my prospects.
This lay off will definitely make me reevaluate my goals in life... and what I want to "be" when I grow up. I'm thinking I need to find something that is a bit less corporate, a bit more interactive, and something with more goodwill... I'm pretty sure I'm going to eventually land in a non-profit.
The thing is... with the economy the way it is, PR is going to be one of the first things in every budget to go. And well that's where most of my experience lies... the other thing is Development, but again, if the economy is bad, how are people supposed to raise money for their non-profits?
I wonder if I need to go back to school... but yet, I'm not sure for what. I'm sure it won't be finance!
You all know me, any suggestions on things I might be good at? Or any people you think I should meet? I'm going to have to start pounding pavement to network, get ideas, and hopefully find a new passion.
And to think, I almost called in sick today because I'm fighting an awful cold. That woulda been interesting...
Anywho, any and all suggestions are welcome. I do, however, believe this is the end of my tech PR career.
Hopefully this is just a blessing in disguise.