Six years ago, I lost my job of 24 years.
I and many others were laid off by the provincial government and the department was taken over by a private company.
I tried working with the new company but it was dreadful.
My husband said, “they are not treating you well; get out of there, you can find a better job”
It was SCARY.
At 49, not many jobs are available.
We all tend to generalize about age and what is possible at different ages in life.
It is stupid as obviously everyone is different; some are old at 20 and others are fantastically vibrant and capable at 75.
Companies are especially guilty of this generalization; it is called ageism.
I spent the next few months in a horrible void; going from place to place, getting interviews but never obtaining the job.
I was also having to collect unemployment insurance (an organization which excels in making the unfortunate individual feel like a criminal)
I finally got a job in which I was getting minimum wages; and having to “multi task” while the younger staff fooled around, skiving out ot the heavier work and generally not working as a team. The supervisors knew that this was going on but didn’t care.
Finally, I quit.
The bosses were shocked(as I WAS a good worker) and begged me to stay on but it was too little, too late.
The VERY next day, I found an ad in the paper; applied and was successful in getting hired at our local university.Now I have been here for 5 years, things are great, I am treated with respect and the pay and benefits are wonderful.
It was meant to happen!