Lost my job of almost 11 years. What next? What do you do?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by wgoodman, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. wgoodman

    wgoodman Big Bot

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2007
    Posts:
    892
    Trophy Points:
    111
    Likes:
    +0
    Last week I lost my job that I have held for almost 11 years now. I was a hotel front office manager here in Orlando. I'm 32, married with 2 kids, a home owner, and so on. I didn't make a ton of money but I also don't have much debt, fortunately.

    I just sort of ended up in the career I was in. When I started, it was just a job to find a way to move out of my parents house. I took some college classes but I never finished. I enjoyed a lot of what I did so I stuck around and got promoted a couple of times but I also knew that I didn't like much about the positions further up the ladder so to speak. A business that never closes takes a ton of commitment from a department manager like myself and I really felt like I had no choices. Staying meant I had no time, leaving meant I had no money. My boss made the decision for me last week.

    So now what? I'm changing directions, that is for sure. I have no formal training, but I have always been great with computers and electronics. If it's broke, I can usually fix it. I plan to take classes that are more technical and head in this direction, most likely.

    Now for you guys and girls, if you don't mind sharing, what do you do? Are you happy with it? Does it pay ok? How did you get where you are?

    Thanks for any advice. It's scary to be unemployed but I feel such a relief not to feel so trapped in a job that required so much dedication.
     
  2. exclusacon

    exclusacon Expert with the Scopes!

    Joined:
    May 31, 2009
    Posts:
    7,689
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    176
    Likes:
    +1
    One door close, another open...go with ya heart.....
     
  3. firehawc_69

    firehawc_69 cloppers = ignore list

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2008
    Posts:
    10,631
    News Credits:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    216
    Likes:
    +10
    Go back to school. Nowadays an even playing field starts with a Bachelor's Degree.
     
  4. Team Jetfire

    Team Jetfire Pop-POP!

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2006
    Posts:
    5,887
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    232
    Likes:
    +13
    Are there any other area hotels that you could apply with? You have 11 years of experiance, that counts for something.
     
  5. Predaking

    Predaking Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2002
    Posts:
    9,991
    Trophy Points:
    211
    Likes:
    +0
    I am currently taking classes on Life Agent (Life & Health Insurance) and will be taking the exam next week (wish me luck!).


    I also want to take the P & C insurance license exam and get myself familiarized with networking. I've got a Cisco CCNA book that'll help me get that license eventually. I am kind of split between insurance and networking as my future careers. I will see if I can do both so I am never out of options.
     
  6. KnightSaberAmi

    KnightSaberAmi Nyan Nyan

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2004
    Posts:
    2,896
    Trophy Points:
    201
    Likes:
    +0
    Deputy Sheriff quit in '08 but can't wait to get back into it. Tried other jobs want the old one back.
     
  7. Big_Daddy

    Big_Daddy The. Balls. Will. Touch.<br><b><font color=blue>Bi

    Joined:
    May 19, 2007
    Posts:
    1,645
    News Credits:
    4
    Trophy Points:
    126
    Likes:
    +4
    I'm a psychiatric nurse, and I have been for the last six years. Never really meant to work in health care; just slipped in on a banana peel, so to speak. Not unhappy with it, but I can definitely see myself doing something different. Might go for a bachelor's degree in something later on, but right now my wife is in school with 1.5 years to go so I'll have to wait for her to finish first as it would wreak havoc on our finances if both of us went to school, hehe :) 
     
  8. 46+2

    46+2 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2009
    Posts:
    5,604
    Trophy Points:
    176
    Likes:
    +0
    Same as you Goodman. I just needed a job and ended up in commercial and industrial painting. climb the small ladder and now I'm stuck here. We'll go broke if I deviate from the path I'm on.
     
  9. jamspeed

    jamspeed is so beast!

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2008
    Posts:
    1,651
    Trophy Points:
    126
    Likes:
    +0
    Ebay:
    Sucks man, sorry to hear that. I have had a similar situation. Kinda got stuck somewhere and built up experience, but didn't love the job. Finally got out and into something better for a few years then the economy jacked that up. I have been back and forth at my last 2 jobs to get full time hours when I can.

    My realization has been that I can't just give up on all my experience and I'm going to start my own business so I make all the money, not some owner/boss.
    Basically I'm saying you need to reinvent yourself but don't discount your work experience. Starting at the bottom doing something new could also be a big pay cut. I would try to get another manager position somewhere for now, and work towards your ideal job after you're stable.
     
  10. Blackout32

    Blackout32 Subdivisions

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2007
    Posts:
    3,511
    Trophy Points:
    167
    Likes:
    +6
    All I can say is my friend if you go to college for computers like I did, BE SURE to take a test called the A+ certification cause that will ensure you get a job right out of the gate. Then further the schooling with what you like in computers like degrees and certifications from Microsoft etc. If you want to know more I'd be willing to help you.
     
  11. Omega Supreme-1

    Omega Supreme-1 Autobot Sentinel

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2002
    Posts:
    1,995
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    161
    Likes:
    +2
    Ebay:
    Full time animation student, but only taking 10 credits. Working 20-30 hours a week as a certified photo specialist with Walgreens. Just running low on the batteries with my candles getting burnt at both ends.
     
  12. terry981

    terry981 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2010
    Posts:
    896
    Trophy Points:
    101
    Likes:
    +0
    Go for computers! if not, go for another hotel like someone said. But if you want a different sector, go for something managerial. You got 11 yrs of management skills or at least a few years of it, right? Wherever you apply for, prove that you can do it! Not to show off but I got years of retail experience, merchandising, inventory control, and now I am in the Food industry doing Quality assurance work trying to someday become a food inspector or some lab official in the Micro dept. I got a BA in History and I feel like getting my A+ sooner or later. You see how messed up my life is! But hey, at least I ain't going to stop and neither should you. Never stop improving yourself dude! Thank Christ almighty! Want a prayer? I can do that to for you! You can do it!
     
  13. Seawing

    Seawing Lurker of the depths Moderator

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2004
    Posts:
    4,021
    News Credits:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    207
    Likes:
    +5
    Sorry to hear about the job loss but it sounds like you have a plan figured out so that is good. Just remember which ever job you decide you want to embark on, don't throw away the 11 years experience in hotel management you have. There are many ways that experience (customer service, planning, etc) can really help you in getting a new career.
    Good luck.
     
  14. alfred p. sloan

    alfred p. sloan Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2009
    Posts:
    1,201
    Trophy Points:
    126
    Likes:
    +0
    Well let me relate here:
    I have had numerous jobs and seem to have learned one thing: No job lasts a lifetime in America. Used to be a time when one could dedicate oneself to a company for 30 years and in return the company would remain intact. Then companies began to analyze expenses, downsized and tried to outsource any job it could. Now I think the most important skill one can have as a working stiff is being ready for the inevatable lay-off/ closure.

    Observe my work history:

    Schooling in '95-97 to be a automotive technician. Got the Tech job and learned it was a very poor paying job for the first few years. So I jumped ship for a factory job that paid a lot better. Then five years into the factory job the plant is closed and I'm on enemployment looking for my next career. Worked a few low skill jobs until landing another GREAT factory job at a Kenworth assembly plant. then a year and a half in get laid off again.

    Now i'm three and a half years into a sales job at an auto shop and putting my schooling back to good use. I assume someday the shop will close and I'll be looking again.

    So getting some schooling as a fall-back was very important but didn't come in handy till much later. I suggest school if you can afford it and try to pick a skill you may find still usefull in a decade.

    Good luck and study hard. Jobs are hard to find now but not forever.
     
  15. -Superion-

    -Superion- Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2006
    Posts:
    1,186
    Trophy Points:
    161
    Likes:
    +0
    Sorry to hear you lose your job. I was doing Quality Control in a computer company before I left due to health reason (since my office was inside the warehouse). Took me months to find a new job, but during almost a year's span I changed jobs three times, and finally I got my current job and I love it alot. Right now I'm in my third year, but I'm also thinking about expanding my horizon so I'm going to try to get some certificate in other fields. I hope you'll find a new job soon.
     
  16. Christian Prime

    Christian Prime SF Ibuki & Makoto Fanboy!

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2004
    Posts:
    1,645
    Trophy Points:
    177
    Likes:
    +5
    Sorry to hear, you've lost your job. :( 
     
  17. igniz1984

    igniz1984 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2006
    Posts:
    2,037
    News Credits:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    202
    Likes:
    +2
    Ebay:
    I'll be on the same boat as well. I work for a major airline that just merged with another and their getting rid of 30% of the work force. Per the big wigs, Where not guaranteed a paycheck past march. So I'm building my resume back up and hoping for the best.
     
  18. moreprimeland

    moreprimeland Optimus told me to do it! Moderator TFW2005 Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2009
    Posts:
    21,755
    News Credits:
    38
    Trophy Points:
    332
    Location:
    Tennessee
    Likes:
    +181
    Guess the first question you should ask yourself is: Can I afford to not work and go back to school? There are programs out there to help with financial aid...but you are married, with children and a mortage I would presume. Lots of responsibility there..can your spouse hold up the financial part while you attend classes-for a year or three? If not, I see ugly times in the future for you and your family. I'm sure they depended a great deal on your paycheck..so if you can go to school part time and work part-to-full time to bring in much needed income, that may be your best bet. You're in Orlando..even with these tough economic times many people are still vacationing there ( well, as soon as spring comes anyway).. so your best bet may be to try and find another hospitality position and keep some income rolling in..usually unemployment benefits aren't really enough for everybody to live on for an extended length of time, so I think you would need to supplement that..but I wish you the best of luck whichever way you decide to go!! Good Luck!!
     
  19. Star Cracker

    Star Cracker Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2003
    Posts:
    1,116
    Trophy Points:
    177
    Likes:
    +2
    I'm currently a senior draftsman at Electric Boat. I pretty much lucked out since I couldn't get work after college and would've been stuck at retail for a small printing shop which was a "character building experience".

    I should be a designer in mid-July if not sooner. It's decent job, I get to do 3D modeling, so it's partially related to my school training even if it's a stretch.

    I'd say if you have any technical or computer skills to go apply for a job in the defense industry.
     
  20. Wolfguard

    Wolfguard Your own personal Jesus.

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2004
    Posts:
    2,987
    Trophy Points:
    202
    Likes:
    +19
    THIS

    I was in the veterinary field for 9 and a half years, but I boxed myself in. Now that I'm out, it a lil more difficult to find another job. The field is great if you want to become an RVT or a Veterinarian, but that's not for me and never has been. I'm taking computer classes and gonna try and get a forklift certification at my mom's work so I can have an added skill. Also trying to start my own business with my artwork, but the main thing here:


    If you can, go back to school.

    :dj 
     

Share This Page