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On Being Laid Off (a 10 year retrospective)

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More than a lifetime ago, about now, I was laid off from Nortel. At the time, it was indeed a gut punch (spiritually, financially and physically). I worked for BNR and then Nortel for 20 years. Then I was declared redundant. It wasn’t a surprise, but it still crushed my self-esteem for a long time. I have spoken about this on Podcasts so I won’t rehash too much of this life-altering event, but in the end it was a good thing.

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Graphically, the Death of Nortel ( I was laid off mid-year 2008)

Financially I was fortunate, even though it took me a  year to get back on my feet and find a job. If I had been laid off 2 months later, I would have been in a much larger financial world of hurt. I was lucky enough to receive all of my severance package. If I had been laid off any later, I would have waited until Mid-January to get my package. If I had done that I would have received none of it, due to Nortel declaring Bankruptcy.

I was lucky that I withdrew my pension from Nortel. Before that plans problems came forward. The reasons for withdrawing the money were emotional. I am not letting those bastards keep my money. That emotion-based decision, however, worked out well.

In hindsight being laid off was the luckiest thing that happened to me, and caused me to make the most brilliant financial decisions I have ever made. It always astounds me that the most gut-wrenching events in my life usually end up causing something good.

Ideally, it would have been nice if I could have found a job in less than a year. However, the job I found I am still in, and I still enjoy.

Laid Off but Lucky?

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