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Quote:
"Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait."
--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
It amazes me how often this stanza is appropriate.

I've read through a majority of the responses. It's interesting how bold some people's opinions can be when it is someone else's issue and their livelihoods aren't at stake.

I was in this very situation you describe in the late 1980's - some things never change.

Long story short, the company bought a competitor, fired 95% of the engineering department I worked in (about 35 hardware and software engineers) and kept a small handful (including me) AND the engineers from the purchased company.

I hung on for a few years but the constant stress of wondering and waiting for the other shoe to drop (i.e., they fire the rest of us) took its toll on me and I found another job through one of my friends who was let go. I do remember wishing they would have just fired me at the time they let all my friends go.

Fast forward to today. I'm going to be 60 in August. I've worked for the same company since 2004 without a single raise, while the executives get raises and bonuses every year; it's a public company so I get to look at the annual reports.

I've got some things out of them, like working from home, benefits, and supplying a mobile phone. These save me money. But I pay for all my infrastructure; computers, internet, books, courses... etc. much like a contractor.

I've been quietly applying and getting some interviews, but I have only once gotten past the phone interview stage. I've thoroughly downsized my resume to focus on skills and cull dates. No one has hired me. Ageism? High probability. Fact-o-life. For my salary needs they'll get 2 grads fresh and eager out of university who, with no family yet, will work long hours.

But I don't worry about it any more. I don't wring my hands. What will be will be. Even though inflation has reduced my effective salary by about 25% over the years, I suit up and show up and will continue to do so until they finally pull the plug.

I think you already know what you intend to do and you just needed to fish for ideas you hadn't considered. Fair enough.

Life's too short to stress over all the bovine excrement - something you cannot change.

Change the one thing you can, you're attitude.

Have: "A heart for any fate." Think: "Today is a good day to die." (The Klingons stole that from indigenous North American warriors, btw!)

Fear always accompanies a transition. Courage isn't the absence of fear, it's acting in the presence of it.

Best of luck to you.
Cheers,
Mike Fidler

"I intend to live forever - so far, so good." Steven Wright
"I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met." Also Steven Wright
"I'm addicted to placebos. I could quit, but it wouldn't matter." Steven Wright yet again.

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