'With no firm immune to the current economic and financial crisis, I long ago came to terms with the fact that there is a distinct possibility that I may lose my job.
I've also been around long enough to know how this all usually pans out, as I've been here before. I was laid-off in 2002, and it wasn't pleasant. But, even back then (in the wake of another downturn and September 11th), there were jobs around. At no time did I feel that I was in any danger of having to give up on the industry. As it was, I got my current job after 5 months out. But this time it is different. This time, I'm not scared of losing my job, but I'm really worried that I'll just not get another.
And I'm not just talking about getting back into the industry. I'm talking about getting a new job anywhere in the foreseeable future. I was brought up the hard way - no silver spoon in my mouth. I've always worked hard for everything I have ever got. Losing my job has never really bothered me. I always felt that, if it came to it, I'd be happy working as a mail man or driving a train. I always knew that I'd make sure that my mail was delivered on time to the right place, and that my train was best in its class. But my confidence in my ability to survive has taken a sharp knock by current events, as, wherever you look, jobs are being cut. In almost every industry sector, jobs are being lost in their thousands. And the outlook for the global economy, despite the best efforts of governments, looks bleak. We are clearly in for a sustained period of recession, if not depression.
Like many, I have responsibilities - a family, young children, mortgage and credit card commitments. And although I never lived totally beyond my means, we lived well. For all of us, the note is now coming due. For once, I am not sure what I'll do if I get laid-off. I have no contingency plan. And I don't mind admitting that this keeps me up at night. God help us all'.
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