This week, I entered uncharted waters -- again. The morning I returned from parental leave, I was notified that my job was being moved to Michigan. I was given a week to decide whether I would move myself or take a severance. Suffice to say, we're staying put. My last day was Friday.
The decision means I'm joining millions of others in the unemployment line. The future is uncertain and pretty scary. But my now former employer gave me, essentially, a fair shake in terms of outplacement and transition. In the short term, we'll be fine.
All of that said, the situation stinks. The company had been very good to me over my 12+ year career there. I've had access to great people and great opportunities. For the first year and a half, my last assignment (3 years) was no different. I felt I was doing good work, valued and making a difference.
The past year and a half has been a different story, so shortly after we completed our move to Minnesota, I began an informal job search. Turns out, this is a very good thing, because now I've already got some momentum.
I sincerely believe that adversity breeds opportunity. It's hard to keep that focus, particularly when living through challenges, but I suspect that in due time I'll look on this experience the same way.
I also have a strong, wonderful wife. We've been through a lot together. I thank God for having Lisa, Joshua and Evan, and some really great friends to help me through what's ahead.