i lost my job last week. or maybe the week before, i don’t know.
this is the third job i’ve lost in four years. clearly, there is a gap between the value my employers perceive in me, and that which i perceive in myself. or not. i’m just not sure. as an “information worker” in the new millennium, it’s hard to tell. it seems that you can be an intelligent, valued, and productive member of a company, and yet still lose your job.
something has changed since the days of employment for life, i’d say. it seems those days are a quaint anachronism, at this point – a pleasant, yet unrealizable, memory of the past.
i don’t know what my future holds. in the next year or so, probably more consulting work. i don’t know any more if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. consultants are criticized for wasting people’s time and money, yet grudgingly accepted as providing a valuable service. which is it, ultimately, that sticks in people’s minds? the waste or the value?
i tell people that i lost my job, and from my fellow knowledge workers in the bay area , i get knowing support. from others, there is a sadness i sense, bordering on pity. “lost another job, huh? well, i keep hearing that things are tough in that Internet business…hmmmm. good luck!!”
good luck, indeed. anyone got a crystal ball? i’ve got a future with a beautiful wife, kids, and mortgage to support. should i stay in this crazy business, or get out? it’s hard to know what to do.
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