Thursday, September 24, 2009

Pushed out of my comfort zone

Almost exactly a year ago I had just found out that I was pregnant with my second child and was feeling good about my job. I mean even though the economy was in a downward spiral the company that I work for was not showing any signs of slowing. Actually we had just went from being a 2 billion $ company to a 5 billion $ company. And had just been advised that they would be hiring an additional 200 people to cover this growth. Great! I love where I work, love the people I work with, believe in the products we make. At this point I was pretty sure that I would retire from here. I would get my degree in Marketing and transition to a Marketing role in the company eventually and thats where I would stay for the next 30 or 40 years of my career. Perfect! I got it all planned out. Right?! WRONG! About 2 weeks after the big announcement of all the exciting growth myself along with the majority of my department were pulled into a conference room and advised that they were outsourcing our department and in approx. 1o months to a year our positions would no longer exist within the company. I had so many mixed emotions. I was glad they had given us so much notice for us to have a chance to find another positions within the company but also disappointed that I would no longer be in a job that I actually had enjoyed.

Every job that I've ever had before working at my current job I left on my own. I decided that that was not where I wanted to be, started looking for another job, put in my 2 weeks notice and I was off on another adventure. This was way different. I have a lot of family that has worked and even retired from where I am now. It's close to home. It's just a great company.

I have been given the official end date of Dec 31st. If I don't find something within the company before then then its over. Some people (family mostly) think that I should be excited because I will be getting some severence and I will be eligible for unemployement. I could be off work for a while and enjoy my kids and watch them grow. They are at such great ages right now. As this is all very true and the thought of being home with my kids is quite appealing I know that it is only a temporary solution and I don't like temporary. I like to have a little bit more of a grasp on where I will be at in a year from now or more. The fact is I have to start looking for another job right away. I mean the unemployement rate is up to 12% now. I can't expect to wait around till the last minute and expect to find a half way decent job. Just the whole situation is so different from anything I've ever experienced. I guess I have a lot to learn. I do have faith though that something else will come along and ultimately I will end up where I am supposed to be. If its staying at my current place of employment or moving on to something else I know that it will all end up being okay and I will look back on this as a learning experience. A time in my life that I grew up a little more. Realizing life doesn't always go exactly as you planned it out. Sometimes God throws out a curve ball. I think one of the most important thing is how you handle the situations that throw you off your course.

I'm interested to hear about a time when you've been pushed out of your comfort zone and where you are now? When you look back are you glad that things worked out the way they did.

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