Most lay-off take place in an accelerated timeline - you're gone on payday. You're gone tomorrow. You arrive at work and the gates are already locked. Mine is excruciatingly slow - ten months.
- Retire - I have 13 years in the system. I'm setting up a meeting to find out what this entails.
- Transfer to another position within my organization. This would be out of my career area and perhaps even at a lower pay, but I would be able to continue my retirement and health benefits, and HR has pledged to give laid-off workers some preferential treatment.
- Job hunt - look for another job in my career area. Re-enter the job market as a woman over 50.
- Complete the ten months so I get all the payroll and retirement and benefits coming to me, and go on unemployment
- Take some classes, get some new skills
- Work for myself - freelance, take on short-term projects, start my own consulting business in my career area.
- Take a low-pressure, low-responsiblity, low-stress job - not necessarily in my career area. Tend bar. Receptionist. Part-time office work. Work for another few years and then take my retirement.
- Transform myself - do something completely new. Many of you have suggested I write. Does anyone know how you get paid to do that?
For those of you who've gone through this yourself - what has your experience been? What did you learn from it? Do you think it's better to have more time? Do you take the first job you're offered, or wait?
I appreciate your suggestions - you can give them in comments or email me at my profile.