@wzf+15pQnw4g Honestly? It is impossible to take the layoff personally and it can be dangerous to do so, in terms of your feelings of self-worth.
Honestly? Just going on what you have said, you were probably let go because you HAD been around longer than most and therefore were making more than most.
All of this is just cost-savings, nothing more. It can be a real kick in the pants when you have behaved and performed wonderfully, but the raw truth is that none of that matters when a company is in trouble.
Think of it this way: you may be looking at a short-term future where you will be earning less per week via unemployment than you were while employed with Pearson. Depending on your financial situation, one of your first actions is probably going to involve taking a hard look at your budget and expenditures and make cuts where you can. Those extra little items you throw into the cart at the grocery store? Gone. That pizza you order every Friday? History. It's frozen pizza or homemade for a while. Maybe you cut the "good cable" and go with basic. Perhaps your kid has to make those sneakers stretch a few months longer.
It's no different at the Pearson level. Just as you mean no harm to your favorite pizza place by not ordering from them for a while, Pearson too is seeking to "cut the budget" so to speak - but unfortunately that means people. It stinks and it is certainly not fair, but as I said - it is dangerous and misguided to take their move personally.
Instead, give yourself a while to kind of recover from the shock and to regroup. Apply for unemployment as soon as you can. Get your stuff together resume-wise, etc. Connect with bosses and coworkers and even customers who might serve as good references and ask them if they would be willing to do so. Collect their phone & email addresses, even ask them to write a note of reference if you feel like it. Do your research on good job search techniques, collect your accomplishments. If you do not have them yet, make certain to collect or obtain every performance review from your history with Pearson - they will not share anything with potential future employers, it is all on you.
I have been in your shoes and it just stinks. No two ways about it. And it may take a while to find a position you enjoy and that is as rewarding as your one with Pearson. A good rule of thumb I learned is to expect to spend one month of job pursuit activity for every $10k you make annually. I decided to take a really crummy second shift job (to allow for job interviewing during the day) at a really crummy hourly wage just because I wanted to keep myself on a schedule, I wanted a workplace to report to. Your mileage may differ. Given the health crisis it may take a bit longer than that, but it WILL happen.
Here is a little secret, and there are many, many people reading these words right now that can attest to what I am about to say ... there are GREAT jobs at GREAT companies out there dying to hire someone like you, if your self-description of work ethic, etc. is true. Companies who are not in financial peril. I can tell you, it feels VERY weird to work for a company that actually employs long-term strategy, that has the luxury of truly caring for their employees, who are actually honest with you on team calls and group meetings. There are companies out there that will pay you as much or more than you were making with Pearson, companies that are actually a joy to work for. You're going to have to do a lot of mental and emotional work within yourself to survive the coming weeks and months, but one day you are going to be me. You are going to look back on yesterday and today and you are going to think "that layoff was one of the best things that ever happened to me!"
I am sorry that you have had to go through this, but print this message out and re-read it if/when you need to. For it really is true: the grass truly IS greener and you are going to land back on your feet, happier than you have been in years!
Now you just gotta get there ... and you will:)