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Laid off from work......what next?

By dh_it ·
On Monday after two and a half years of working in a desktop support role for an engineering company, I received a call from my boss saying that I was being terminated due to company restructuring and was asked to collect my things and leave immediately. I was the only one in the department that was laid off so I often wonder if there's something more to my departure, such as performance issues. Now I'm officially unemployed and there's very little IT work in this part of the country. I did receive a severance package and obtained legal advice for being terminated without cause, and was told by a lawyer that the company was doing everything legally and that there were no guarantees that I would win.

Now I'm wondering what's next. I've been browsing through a list of jobs in this city but all of them require an area of specialization or experience that I don't have. Moving is an option but I have a house and a mortgage, I just can't pack up and move. I felt even when I was working that desktop support was a dead end in my career. I have an electrical apprenticeship that I didn't finish, so maybe it's time to change careers. If I stay in IT all that will be available to me would be desktop support jobs which at this moment in time I want to get far away from.

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Excellent backup choice

by mjd420nova In reply to Laid off from work......w ...

Getting an electrical cert of any kind and with some computer background, the in home WIFI being on this huge leap in "smart" appliances. The world will open up to "smart" homes and the mixture of desktop support and electrical training for in home systems can lead to a new business opportunity.

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Becoming tired of industry

by dh_it In reply to Laid off from work......w ...

I've been in IT for 8 years and all I can seem to get are helpdesk/desktop support roles, and as soon as I begin making decent pay all of a sudden I cost too much to the company and they make me "obsolete". It's a joke what entry level support jobs pay, and I'm far from being entry level. I can't find anywhere close to the pay I was getting at the previous company. I thought about studying for some more certs but that's not fitting into my unemployment lifestyle right now and I'm a firm believer that if employers want it they should pay for me to take the cert exams, not me. Unless your a programmer or engineer IT has really gone down the drain for everyone else.

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Even for programmers it's not that good

by jck In reply to Becoming tired of industr ...

I've got 20 years programming. I applied to be a "lead" programmer (you'd think 20 years plus 13 in the MS VS environment would count for something...since it's what they use).

Evidently, having a certification and knowing the technical definitions they teach you in college for a "process" is more important than knowing valid connection parms for an ADO.NET connection string or understanding statistics.

Even for degreed, experienced programmers, the IT world is becoming a joke...at least in the USA. I'm currently talking with my friend in another country about getting a job where he works, which is with another country's national government. I'd have to move over 1500 miles, but his work environment sounds 10000% better than even what the local governments in the USA offer. And I know. I've worked for state, county, and local governments. The beancounters are essentially running IT in them too, with the exception of but a small portion of them.

I would say your safest bet for a good, secure job is as an electrician, plumber, carpenter, mason, mechanic, or AC repair. People are often too lazy to do those things, they pay well, and when most people try to do them they end up botching it and have to pay someone to re-do it eventually. A good, blue collar trade skill is always golden.

I wish the OP all the best. In the 20 years I've been in IT, I've seen it go downhill a long ways. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone now.

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I agree with mjd420nova

by AV . In reply to Laid off from work......w ...

Continuing your electrical apprenticeship offers much better career options than the IT world. It seems like even if you have all of the technical knowledge you need to do a job, you also need specific industry experience, or they won't even consider you.

Good luck to you.

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