As I writ this, I am on “Sabbatical”. I took a few days off to plan and write.
As I was packing to go, the lovely and talented Kathy and I were discussing a couple of large purchases we are contemplating. During the discussion she said “If I knew your current situation were permanent, I’d go ahead and buy both.”
What she was referring to was the fact that I am currently a contract employee for a couple of different companies, this means my job is not permanent. It did make me think.
In my career, I have been fired three times. (in no particular order)
- Company fired the entire development team including me, the Director. New CTO and he just wanted to clean house and bring in his own people.
- Company pivoted and in an instance, no longer needed the role I filled.
- Company was preparing to sell and needed to “trim the books”.
In each case, I can point to a solid WHY. I know why I was let go. In each case, I thought I had a secure job and was safe. In each case I was reminded that – at least in the US – job security is a myth.
Note, this is not me whining about being fired and I like the system here in the US because it gives entrepreneurs the flexibility to be wrong before they are right.
The point of this post is to remind myself each time it comes up that there is no such thing as job security. A job is a transaction, not a family, no matter who tells you different.
You are only there trading time for money, and the eye opening thing is, you are the cheapest solution the company could find for the problem you solve.
Cherish your time at every company, but don’t take it for granted. Don’t assume that you will be there tomorrow. Always be prepared for the worst, even when you are enjoying the best.
Until next time,
I <3 |<