It’s been a spell since I posted anything. I am not sure what happened, but I just dropped out and did not know where to go or really what to do. So, to catch everyone up, I did change jobs last October and well so far it has been a great change. Not only did I get a 45% increase in base salary, a 10% bonus based on salary each year, and a yearly RSU of nearly 20K. It all sounded amazing, and I have had to let it sink in to make sure it was all real.
My boss was great, and the job was great, I mean I got to really showcase all the skills that I have built over the last 35-plus years, which is just perfect. Now, since starting my new position, there has been a huge layoff in the Tech industry, which is the industry I am in in, and my new colleagues are feeling a little stressed out wondering if the company will soon follow suit and start laying off. So far in all the town halls, the CEO has stated that the company is not considering any layoffs, but no one has a crystal ball to see what the future will bring, but in the meantime, no layoffs are to be seen.
Unfortunately that came to an abrupt run, on March 22nd, at 9:00am we attended a Town Hall, where the CEO stated that they were laying of 2200 employees as of that day. That after the meeting, within an hour we would all receive an email, either stating that our position as impacted or was not impacted.
I received the email that my position was impacted. I was in totally shock, I sort of knew it could happen, but I just thought maybe I could be one of the lucky ones and not get laid-off. Well, I thought about what I had done six months earlier and thought maybe I made a mistake leaving a company that I was with for 18 years, but the thing was that management was horrific, and it finally got to me, and I just could not take it anymore.
A previous co-worker reached out to me to tell me of an opportunity at her company and after 5 interviews it was the dream job. Of course, the money was the cherry on top. I thought this was my big break in life, I would b e able to save enough towards retirement and maybe finally do a few things around the house. Look I even started my master’s degree. Many friends tell me I should have stuck it out at my old job, but how would I have known that I would have lost my job six months into it.
My last day was 03/22/2023, my last check was 03/31/2023. I am getting a severance package of 16 weeks, and it does sound like enough time to find a job, but to be honest I think the job market is going to get worse, before it gets better, which might make it difficult in finding a job in the next 16 weeks. I certainly hoping that will not be the case, and I am actively looking for a new job.
Of course, since I do have time, I am finishing up my master’s, plus I will now focus on my blog, but I made a decision. I mentioned before that I had a blog back about 15 years ago, and I was doing affiliate marketing, but it wasn’t anything to write home about. Now, I am thinking with this time I will begin looking at learning, really learning Affiliate Marketing, and of course proper blog posting. Let’s see if I can maybe replace my income with a passive side business.
Anyhow, so I was thinking what a great thing to do but to document my journey into Affiliate Marketing. I can begin sharing my experience as I progress through this training. Anyhow, I leave you with a thought, “It’s never the right time or the wrong time, you can wait and wait and maybe step forward, but if you are always afraid, then you’ll never get to where you want to get; it can be a little scary, but at the end I am sure it will all come together.”