Tuesday, February 22, 2011

My Future?

I found out last Wednesday morning that my position is being eliminated. As you almost certainly know, my company filed Chapter 11 Bankruptcy last week, and we are closing about 200 stores. Such massive store closures means we can no longer support/justify having as many district managers as before. I was one of many to be laid off.

My last day officially is this Saturday, but I am pretty much already transitioned out. It is such an odd feeling. I haven't out and out bawled over it, but I teared up several times on a couple of days last week. I can't decide if I am sorry for myself, for my stores, for my company, or for no longer having a team of people to lead. Probably all of these things and more.

I think we all knew this day might come, and I have been in a state of high alert for almost 2 years now, so in a strange way it is a relief to finally have resolution. I loved/love my company and gave it 10 years and 7 months of my life. You all know as well as anyone that I was a strong supporter and advocate, and was very proud of my company. I worked hard and smart and was a loyal and dedicated employee for all those years.

I have been receiving emails from those who worked with me and for me throughout the years, and it is nice to know that I have impacted their lives and career in the ways they are telling me.

I have no doubts that I will find another job, and quickly. Now it is a matter of trying to determine what I want to do, what I will enjoy, and what will allow me the time I need to continue my drum corps hobby. I need that hobby to bring balance to my life.

I wish the best to all those I leave behind. I want my company to survive and strengthen and live a long, profitable life.

If you have any suggestions on career paths I should consider, please let me know. I am open to just about anything. I want to explore as many options as possible, though I don't want to go back to school. I have my Bachelor's and that's all I'm willing to do.



Sonya said...

I'm really sorry to hear about your job. I know you loved that position and put your all into it; that was evident from the way you wrote about it. I have no idea what you might like doing, but whatever it is, your new employer will be lucky to have you. Best of luck.

Jilly said...

I agree with Tree. I have no idea what you might like to do and very little idea about what is open in your area to actually do. Sadly, many things require more diplomas than are actually necessary these days, and really I think that contributes to the lack of decent paying jobs overall. I'm sure you'll find something you don't mind doing, and you will do it well, because that's who you are. All in all, the broards will pray and or think happy thoughts for you and hope you have a little more time to check in with us now that you aren't traveling so often.

UrbanStarGazer said...

Sorry to hear the news. I know how much you loved your job and your company. I don't know that I've ever seen someone so enthusiastic about both.

I don't know what sort of things you might like to do so, hard to suggest. Also, all I really know much about is what I do so, any suggestions that I would make would be through that lense.

But, that said, if you want to chat about anything or the limited world of my work experience/knowledge, let me know.

emma said...

"I don't know that I've ever seen someone so enthusiastic about both."

I agree Urban

emma said...

I liked the poem you posted on the main page. Why did you delete it?

sheila222 said...

I am not sure what your degree is in, but you seem like a person who likes organization and personnel, so I think possibly a medical office manager. You'd need some work in getting up to speed on certain medical related/specific things, but you've managed a payroll, scheduling, etc it sounds like. This would let you be free weekends, no travel, and you could enjoy your music.

Jenny Robin said...

Emma, I deleted it because it seemed a bit odd to post that whole entire email thing there.

emma said...

REspighi . . sounds reasonable . . I do wish you the best of luck and I hope they gave you a good severance package

vq said...

You will be a HUGE asset to whoever is lucky enough to get you for the next stage of your career.

(And shoot, post whatever you want on the main page! It's available for anything we want to use it for!)

Catz said...

I agree with what everyone said. You will be a big asset to your new employer. I as well have never seen anyone who loved their job like you. I wish you luck.