It’s been about two weeks since I’ve lost my job, which may be why I’m starting to slip into a state of freaked out / depression over the entire situation. It’s not that I’m depressed over losing the position, more so I’m terrified of how long it will take me to find something new. My experience is just so all over the map, with tasks completed that offer no means of quantifying the results.
There are plenty plusses and minuses that come with working for a startup. The biggest plus, in my opinion, is knowing when your money will run out. This gives you ample time to prepare for what’s next if needed. While layoffs still hit smaller startups, it’s not like at a big company where one day you have a great job and the next day you’re in the unemployment line. With the risk of being in a startup, you get a little more security in the short term.
I’ve never worked for a big “stable” company. One day I’d like to, even though I’m fairly sure I won’t be able to stand big corporate politics. Even though my job isn’t perfect, I love that I sit in the same room as the CEO and that for the most part, there are no secrets about the business. Not everything is out in the open, but I can ask questions and get answers to most of my questions, and I try not to pry beyond my welcome.
The cons are largely in not being in charge and having little control over the direction the startup will take. If you are in control and you have VC backing, that’s a lot of pressure on you. I’m not sure I could take that kind of pressure, so a part of me is glad that I get to sit on the sidelines and watch the game plays, even if I don’t always agree with them.
Still, it’s tough to know the date your job may end. I’m lucky that I’m young and single with an emergency savings account so being unemployed for a little while won’t kill me. The question is, though, when is the appropriate time to jump ship? Do you wait and go down with the ship, and receive the honor that comes with that, or do you wage a full on job search?
So far I’ve sent out a few applications here and there, but the economy is limiting options and I haven’t even landed an interview yet. My whole life I’ve been a roll-with-the-punches type gal, and I’ll probably ride this little adventure out the same way. After all, my professional life has been a series of ups and downs leading from one job to the next, bringing me closer to whatever my dream job might be. When I got laid off from my part time admin job one morning and three hours later got a call from the company that would, within a week, offer me my first full-time job I knew to just trust the way the world works. I don’t believe in God or karma, but I think things work out in the long run. In the meanwhile, you have to be smart, especially when it comes to finances. I’m no Einstein of dough, but having all my savings makes me a lot less nervous about the day, likely in the next year, when I will be out of a job.
Even though the tech sector is still doing better than some other industries in the U.S., it’s not immune to the current economic mess. As more companies report layoffs, demand for high-tech professionals is beginning to slide downward, according to statistics released this week.
Global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas Wednesday released job cut totals for January, which prove the year-end trend to slash positions as a cost-cutting measure will continue into 2009. According to the firm, the number of planned job losses announced in January reached 241,749, which represents a 45% increase over December 2008 totals and 222% higher than the 74,986 cuts announced at the beginning of 2008, writes Network World.
Apparently with the layoffs comes an interesting career change for some women in high tech. The Daily Beast writer Tracy Quan reports on what becomes of Silicon Valley’s finest post job loss. That is, women in tech, sans jobs, freelance in the – legal – sex industry to get by. As they say, when the going gets tough, the tough bring out whips and chains and scream “who’s your mommy?”
Ok, they don’t say that… but they might as well. “With staff jobs evaporating and former nine-to-fivers cobbling together incomes through scattered side projects, freelancing as a dominatrix — or “pro-domme,” as industry types prefer to call it — has become a plausible gig option.”
The pay is pretty good, and it beats being unemployed. The article refers to Jessica, a pro-domme in her late twenties, who apprenticed at a dungeon before striking out on her own. In Manhattan dungeons, she said, the typical cut on a $200 session is 60-40 in the dungeon’s favor. So that’s $80 an hour. Four times what I’m making working a legit marketing job in high tech.
Still, I can’t quite bring myself to freelance in a dungeon. It’s not that I couldn’t yell at men and tell them worship me… it’s just, I’d be terrified of someone I know, professionally or personally, finding out – or worse – meeting me with their testicles tied in a knot in my dungeon. Yea, that would be weird.
Would you ever consider legal sex work if you needed the cash, or have you ever done any of this kind of work? I’ve always been interested in working as a phone sex operator… seems like a pretty easy job. But I doubt the money is all that good, especially these days where everyone has the Internet.