Like many of us who were laid off during the pandemic last year it’s taken me this long to get over it. Even now I’m not sure that I’ve recovered completely, at least not emotionally. I was a fool to dedicate my life to IBM thinking that I was truly a valued employee. As financially prepared as I was for being laid off what I was not prepared for was the difficulty I had in securing another position with a company that would look at my skills/experience instead of my age. It took some time but I finally did find employment. I’m not fool enough to be as vested as I once was and deep down I will never trust any company again.
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I look at the bright side.
At least some of the IBMers got to enjoy some of the IBM golden years with good perks when IBM dominated tech.
Nice while it lasted. Now back to reality.
Acknowledging you have a problem is the first step to recovery.
Glad to hear you found another job. I'm in the same boat, kind of frustrating to be over looked for other opportunities due to the age. Have sent out many resumes where I was clearly qualified and don't even get an interview. Hopefully things will change, I have to keep plugging away and hopefully soon I will get a new opportunity.
I know exactly how you feel. You can be the toughest person around, and it still takes a long time to get over something like that. Don't ever feel like it's your fault, or you did something wrong, or feel embarrassed about being laid off. Whenever there's a layoff, it's a failure on the part of MANAGEMENT ... and they're the ones who should be ashamed, not you. Hang in there ... better days are ahead.
If you learn from it, Failure always has a way to redirect you to something better. Don’t dwell on this miserable company.
"Welcome to the real world" as one boss I had used to say back in the 80's...
When I started in this biz... wasn't allowed to be a programmer until I got a degree and some experience in the lower levels... once I got the degree done, etc. this thing about putting recent grads into higher paying roles, ageism, etc. took off...
So while aiming at the requirements for upward mobility they changed.
Somehow 10 year of experience and a degree done on the side wasn't as valuable a no experience and a fresh degree...
Moving targets suck, LOL!
And as an industry we seem to have lost sight of this. But that's a long discussion that tends to break down along the lines of "old timers that realize nothing is really new", and "new timers that are impressed with the current rehash and repackage of same concepts".
Suffice to say, those two camps rarely see eye to eye.