by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty - vs- Tyranny
Today was a life changing experience for me. At 60 being told "your job has ended, the result of a corporate directive and reorganization" was no solace when early retirement is not an option and finding employment at 60 is at best difficult.
It is especially hard as my wife went through essentially the same when she was 62 years old. Unable to find employment after two years of effort she was advised by me to take early retirement. Won't be able to advise myself of the same.
Transitioning, as they now call it, from one job (career path) to the next can be either a positive and enriching experience or it can be a negative and bitter experience. Of course the path choice rests solely with each individual. The choice selected will, in large measure, determine the future happiness and success of the individual who has been displaced.
Having went through such displacement not only today, but eleven years ago as well, I can safely say it is 1) not easy, and 2) difficult not to take it personally.
Thankfully because of my parental upbringing as well as the positive influence of Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism I am able to see my unfortunate circumstance from the perspective of the employer, a necessary response to counter the business realities of a severely declining volume that will require significantly less front line supervisory oversight.
I told the Vice President of Manufacturing when he advised me Friday would be my last day I was not at all surprised, I just didn't anticipate the timing accurately. Perhaps it was a lapse of objective thought or maybe wishful thinking.
At any rate, as difficult as this transition will undoubtedly be, were I in the shoes of the decision maker I would have made the same decision with respect to staff reduction(s). It was the appropriate decision, although not necessarily the right choice of staff. But then I admit to having some bias on that one.
It has been said, "when one door closes another opens." Eleven years ago a door closed abruptly. When it it did a new one opened exposing me to new experiences and opportunities. For that I thank my current employer of 10 and 1/2 years and will use that which they provided me to identify new opportunities and experience heights.
As they say, life is pretty much what you make it. As I look forward to new opportunities and horizons I thank all those who have given me the opportunity to gain experience, as well as all those who supported me and taught me all that I know today.