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Night Cap: Cry to Me

Pour me a Tin Cup Whiskey, Rico. I have to tell you something. 
The fall out of the financialization and application of Silicon Valley flexible labor rules has struck my profession and generation hard. I downsized and sweated through income instability and contracting and changed fields and it still manages to find me like the scary monster in some Alien franchise movie. 

It struck again about 3 weeks ago. The company I worked for decided to replace about 25% of its workforce with offshore resources. As an employee who chose to start from the bottom all over again and was still in the process of learning her subject area, I was on the list of replaceables. I kind of knew it was coming. I’ve developed a sixth sense about these things. It definitely wasn’t performance related. It was just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. 

I spent a couple of days under the covers.  But this time, I found I had a lot more friends on my side who offered me their support or drove hundreds of miles to crawl under the covers with me and make me dinner so I ate well. That helped so much. And a few days after I was laid off, a former colleague called me about a position she had open in her group. I applied and had face to face interviews today. Keep your fingers crossed. With any luck, this will be of short duration. 

This night cap goes out to all of you. May you have friends as true and loving on your side when things go bad who you can cry to. 

I love you all. 

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9 Responses

  1. Awful to hear that, hope you got through.

  2. So sorry to hear you had to go through it yet again … but fingers crossed for the new one

  3. Good luck, RD! Since my 20s all I wanted was an interesting job. My early career years were a mess because I chose Industrial Eng in my UG and had to pay the price for that decision until I was in my mid 30s when I made the switch to Comp Sci and of course, getting into tenure-track academia was another mistake. But right now I am at peace with a job I love. So, here is hoping things will turn around for you too.

  4. CRAPitalism strikes again.

    May the Ascended Madoka bless you on the rebound.

  5. I hope that the new position comes through for you. This digital age is very disruptive for jobs and the economy.

  6. I’ve got my fingers crossed for you.

  7. Sorry to hear you lost a position again, was it drug development?

    • No, that career path is closed to me and many others who worked in small molecule drug development and prefer a stable source of income.
      It was a different area but one in which I had some experience when I was a computational chemist.

  8. Wow, Riverdaughter, I am stunned. I hope your interview goes well. This is totally unfair!

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