Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Survivor Guilt

Forty-three days ago, Peter and I were laid off along with 23 of our coworkers. 

Everyone assumed we were the worst off because we suddenly went from two incomes to none when I was five months pregnant.

Of course, we were shocked and devastated. But some things made this easier on us than on others:

• We were willing to move anywhere in Canada. Finding work is much easier if you're not tied to one location. Most of our coworkers have wives who work for the government, which means they are stuck here in Ottawa. 

• We had worked for the same company for more than 10 years between us so we both got significant severance packages. Some of our coworkers had only been there for a few months.

• We're both young. Finding work is much easier when you're in your late 20s or early 30s. 

• We were both planning to leave our jobs in the next few years anyway, so this just changed the timeline. 

• We're both great at living on a budget and we have no debt except our mortgage.

Over the past 43 days, another person has been laid off and eight more were told that their jobs were moving to Hamilton and four opted not to go.

Only seven of those 28 people now have full-time jobs. One of our coworkers has found a permanent job in Ottawa, another has a contract in B.C., three were hired back in Hamilton and two were hired back temporarily in Ottawa. 

I feel terribly guilty that Peter had two job offers last week and 21 of our coworkers are still looking for work. 

I wish there was something I could do to help.

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