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Here It Comes Again

In the last forty years I have worked at seven different jobs, all for multiple years, one for nineteen. In each place there has been at least one change of leadership or ownership, sometimes for better sometimes for worse, but always causing a great deal of stress and upheaval. Sometimes I chose to ride it out, sometimes I chose to move on.  Now, very suddenly but not unexpectedly, I am again facing this situation.  Change comes much harder at sixty than it did at thirty or forty, and I am indecisive about staying or going; there are pros and cons to both.  I can't help but wonder what lesson it is that I am supposed to be learning from all of these work transitions, and I hope I get it figured out this time.

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14 comments:

  1. Fortunately you have a choice, hopefully it will all work out.

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    1. No clear choice at this stage, Joe, but definitely there will be options and I will weigh them out. It will work out somehow, life always does!

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  2. Listen to that little voice inside of you and trust your instincts, they won't lead you astray.

    xox

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    1. Absolutely true, Robin, and the little voice is telling me that this isn't all bad, something good may come of it! :-)

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  3. I retired early from choice as the organisation I was working for changed so much and I am so glad I did as i didn't like the look of it. It crumbled and fell apart afterwards and I didn't care a hoot!

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    1. Sounds like you were perceptive and made the right choice, Old Egg! I'm watching how things play out here and will move on if it becomes the better option. I wish I could retire! :-)

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  4. Remember, too, that the old idea of working for the same place for a full career has pretty well died out. Most people do work at many, many different jobs in their career. It may be simply that you've picked the correct field of work, and moving workplaces is now the norm.

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    1. That's true Mimi, Papa Bear has been at his job for over 30 years, and that's incredibly rare now. I was at one job for 19 years, but more than ready to leave it and marry Papa Bear! :-) I don't really have a field of work, it's been very hit and miss due to some poor choices made early in adulthood, but I know what I enjoy doing and what I detest, so I try to keep that in mind, then I try to let God lead me to the right spot at the right time. It works! :-)

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  5. Change does come harder at 60, but you also have more skills and experience to evaluate how to approach the change. It's frustrating, for sure. I've learned to spend less time on gnashing about what I can't control and get on with resolution. But it's taken a lot of unexpected changes to gain that perspective!

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    1. You are so right, the first step is getting past the emotional reaction to the situation, and moving in to a frame of mind that is ready to adjust. Life is all about change and adaptation and I'm quite sure I'll weather this storm as well!

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  6. Hope you know which way to go soon Josie x

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    1. Things are about to get very interesting in the next week there, Jess. I've adopted a wait and see attitude as there are many twists and turns to this story and I want to see how it plays out before I make a decision about my future. All directions have pros and cons, but in the end I think it will bring better things to my life, at least I remain optimistic!

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  7. I hope you can come out of this well, and not run up against 'ageism'. I have a son in England who became unemployed at the age of 45. He is now 52, and hasn't worked since - all the available jobs have gone to foreign immigrants, and that's no lie. I have a son in Finland aged 42 who cannot get a permanent job because all the available vacancies go to foreign immigrants - and that's no lie.

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    1. Ageism is very tough indeed to combat Altonian. While we both know there are many benefits to hiring an older employee as opposed to a younger one, it is a youth-obsessed society and often decisions are based on all the wrong things... which employers pay for later. I am going to remain confident that God has a plan in store for me, even if it's not clear to me yet!

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