I got laid off...AGAIN

I got laid off today. Second time in two years. Wonder if that's a record.

So now the economy is really sucky and I still have no marketable skills. This sucks!

I'm definitely done with graphic design. I need a nice stable job like a nurse or a teacher. Too bad I can't handle blood or large quantities of children.

Just venting.

Last edited by tgreyz; 03-10-2009 at 03:38 PM.
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My husband got laid off twice in 7 months, so no. Twice in two years is not a record.

I'm sorry that happened to you. Start throwing your resume out there and see what sticks.
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Sorry to hear it.

Best of luck finding a new job.
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That's why I went into nursing...it's always in demand and you never get laid off. I mentioned in another thread that I went to nursing school with lots of blood/needle phobes, and they managed to overcome their fears.

I could never be a teacher. I basically dislike all kids who aren't my own.

I hope you find something soon.
Sorry to hear that. Good luck finding something soon and that hopefully suits you.
Twice in 2 years -- definitely not a record. When I was a graphic artist I did freelance mixed with temping for quite awhile after I got laid off. Hope you find something really good.
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I'm sorry!

Healthcare and education are big fields, and you don't necessarily have to work with blood or children to work in them. I also found this list of the "150 Best Recession-Proof Jobs" on Time Magazine's website. It might at least give you some ideas for other career paths that you could pursue!
I'm surprised you have so much trouble finding reliable work as a graphic designer. The designer my company uses has his own business (1-man operation) and he's got more work than he can shake a stick at. And he's only 28 so it's not like he had years to build a clientele. Also, a coworker of mine used to be a graphic designer, but quit a year or two ago because she had more work than she was able to cope with as a freelancer and she hated telling people "no". Both these people make/have made almost six figures a year. If I had the skills, it would be enough to make me want to be a graphic designer!

Maybe you should move to a new city? Or brush up on your skills so you can be more competitive?
I'm so sorry, tgreyz. Unfortunately, no field seems to be stable anymore. My district is handing out pink slips on Friday. Or rather, notice that they COULD be laid off by the end of the year. (California law.) Including 65 elementary teachers. Certainly some will be laid off by the end of the year. I wish you all the best.
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I'm surprised you have so much trouble finding reliable work as a graphic designer. The designer my company uses has his own business (1-man operation) and he's got more work than he can shake a stick at. And he's only 28 so it's not like he had years to build a clientele. Also, a coworker of mine used to be a graphic designer, but quit a year or two ago because she had more work than she was able to cope with as a freelancer and she hated telling people "no". Both these people make/have made almost six figures a year. If I had the skills, it would be enough to make me want to be a graphic designer!

Maybe you should move to a new city? Or brush up on your skills so you can be more competitive?
Originally Posted by battinlash

Where were these people located? Maybe they're better networkers. Or better designers. Probably both. I don't know. I'm feeling like it's time to move out of the design field. I wasn't even really a designer at this job, more like an office assistant person who did design jobs for them every now and then. I don't feel like this is something I absolutely have to or want to do anymore. I just need a job that I can tolerate that pays a lot more than I have been making. I can be creative on my own time.

Last edited by tgreyz; 03-10-2009 at 07:22 PM.
i am so sorry to hear this...

and if you're seriously considering nursing, i say go for it, and don't let squeamishness about blood stop you. my dad used to faint at the sight of blood, and he ended up becoming a surgeon.

best of luck in finding the perfect fit for you. you'll get through this.
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Honestly, coming from a nurse (and of course it depends on what unit you work) blood is the least of the gross-outs. Sure you see it - you change bandages and start IVs but I see way more urine, stool, sputum and vomit on a daily basis. And if you can handle those, you can be a nurse.

My only warning is be sure your heart is in it. Becoming a nurse just because it is a fairly stable job is a great idea but doing the actual job can be very stressful and if you really don't like it, you may not last very long.

ETA: I meant to tell you I'm sorry about you getting laid off. I hope things work out for you.
I'm so sorry to hear that. Hopefully something comes along soon for you.
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Sorry and hugs to you. I wish I could help, but I've been in that slow sinking boat for 5 months now and I have a variety of "marketable skills" . Just no jobs in any of those areas for me.
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Where were these people located? Maybe they're better networkers. Or better designers. Probably both. I don't know. I'm feeling like it's time to move out of the design field. I wasn't even really a designer at this job, more like an office assistant person who did design jobs for them every now and then. I don't feel like this is something I absolutely have to or want to do anymore. I just need a job that I can tolerate that pays a lot more than I have been making. I can be creative on my own time.
Originally Posted by tgreyz
Well, I think you have the right attitude about it. If you aren't making progress, then it probably makes sense for you to switch. I hope you don't think I was degrading your design skills. On the contrary, I only meant to point out that designers can definitely get jobs (and good-paying jobs at that). Maybe not everywhere in the country, but it is certainly possible. But hey, if your heart's not in it...there's lots of other stuff out there. I wish you the best of luck!

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