For someone without a job, I’m one of the lucky ones. Everyone I’ve met at my job counseling firm has a story.
I met a woman who was contemplating a career change to become a teacher. But she has 2 kids still in school. As part of her severance, her employer gave her 3 months of job counseling and time is closing fast. A few weeks later, I found out she lost her husband earlier this year. The dreams of becoming a teacher would be shelved for now.
There was another IT geek who wasn’t sure what he wanted to do. His hair and beard needed needed some serious trimming and unfortunately in this job market, physical impressions do count. It wasn’t until I checked his LinkedIn profile did I realize he was actually an IT architect. He’s got some decent credentials. He never spoke about his accomplishments or what he wanted to do next.
Another woman hinted that she has had clinical depression but said she’s pretty sure she doesn’t have it now. She just wants this job hunting to end. She used to cherish time away from work. Now the abundance of free time feels confining and she’s not sure what life has in store for her.
Then there was a guy who turned down a couple of job offers. It surprised me until he explained those job paid less than his previous role and it involved a lot of travel. He is the only child and is now facing elder care issues. We chat briefly and exchange contact info.
Another project manager has a young family. He doesn’t have a lot of Canadian experience and is willing to work in small cities where there might be less competition. I asked him if his family will move with him. He said no, he’ll find some place cheap to live and send money back to his family.
There are so many people here who could use a break. There just doesn’t seem to be enough well paying jobs to go around. Everyone has a story to tell.