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My ski season just got truncated

post #1 of 15
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My employer just outsourced 200 jobs. Hopefully I can land another that pays well before ski season, but it's typically been hard for older IT guys to find work around here. So my ski season depends on whether I can find something that pays the same or better before ski season starts.

The secret to being lucky is being determined to make your own luck. Gotta stay positive and things will work out.

The worst part is having new skis and maybe not getting to use them.
post #2 of 15
Sorry to hear, the best to you and your season. My wife's whole dept got outsourced, last fall. She had only been there 18 yrs. She was lucky to get several months of severence pay and now is independant, which means works when they call and out of towners. Great that you are positive!!!
post #3 of 15
Bummer! I hope you find something soon.

Liquidate and move to ski country??
post #4 of 15
Here's to your good attitude and a ski season getting back on track in short order.
I'm pulling for you!
post #5 of 15
Sorry to hear and best of luck in your pursuit, Good news is Bush says this is good and there are more jobs because of it.
post #6 of 15
I'm sorry to hear that. It's one thing to know there's an economic downturn and another to experience it. Hopefully something will work out. If not, maybe you will have more ski days than you planned (looking at the silver lining).
post #7 of 15
Try looking for your kind of work at a ski resort. Pay level may be lower, but the skiing might be worth it.
post #8 of 15
Oh man, tough news MC.

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Originally Posted by Morrison Claystone View Post
The secret to being lucky is being determined to make your own luck. Gotta stay positive and things will work out.

The worst part is having new skis and maybe not getting to use them.
This attitude should have you at the Basin for WROD if you so choose. I think I'd put those skis on display so they'd be a constant motivator
post #9 of 15
No job = more time to ski!

Joking aside, good luck with the search. With your positive attitude, chances are good you'll land something soon.

I was out with only a few days notice (independent contractor, no severence). I got to ski my heart out at the end of the season. And although it took a while, and at times felt pretty depressing, I landed something I quite enjoy in the end. Not quite as good pay. But there're a lot more things with a job than just money, especially for us IT folks.
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Originally Posted by Morrison Claystone View Post
My employer just outsourced 200 jobs. Hopefully I can land another that pays well before ski season, but it's typically been hard for older IT guys to find work around here.
I'm sorry to hear that. What kind of work do you do in IT ?
post #11 of 15
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I'm sorry to hear that. What kind of work do you do in IT ?
I've been mostly a UNIX, C, SQL programmer. I started work on a java/jsp webapp project, but I got pulled off of that to do application support on the older UNIX/C/SQL applications. The company then decided to move all of the data entry and app support for the legacy systems to India. The IT folks in India are getting a fragile, finicky system living on aging boxes of variable reliability with a lot of bits of oddball code stashed in out-of-the-way places. Most was built by people who got laid off several years ago.

I've lived in Denver all my life, so I'd like to stay here if at all possible. I have a pretty good severance package and the company is providing outplacement services, so I'm confident that things will eventually work out well.

I chose to make the initial post as an alternative to running out into the middle of the street and screaming at the top of my lungs. I think I made the better choice.

Thanks to all for the kind words and encouragement.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by bumpfreaq View Post
Oh man, tough news MC.


This attitude should have you at the Basin for WROD if you so choose. I think I'd put those skis on display so they'd be a constant motivator
I'm in and out of the garage several times a day. The new sticks are always right where I can see them every time. It's been driving me crazy all summer. Gonna make it work, one way or another.
post #13 of 15
The UNIX code will prolly be around when Cars fly. I was laid-off yesterday from a large National Co. and it's the middle of Summer. Change creates opportunities.
post #14 of 15
When these things happen, it feels way different when it happens to one self. It's easy to get down about it, but if you can bring yourself to think objectively, you will realize that these things work out for the better for many people A LOT of the time. I think one of the hardest things is to NOT jump at the first opportunity that presents itself. It may come very quickly, and you need to remember to keep your priorities in order. For example with your skills, this might be a good year to work on a consulting basis part time and spend more time doing the things you've been putting off, whether they be skiing or something else.
post #15 of 15
I'm an 'older' IT guy right up SH93 from ya, bud, and I'm shaking in my shoes more or less all the time that I'll get the axe as well.

I believe I'll miss it this year, but next year will be more cuts, and then more after that. I figure it's only a matter of time - I just hope I last long enough for the economy to improve.

GL finding a new job - please keep us posted.
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