The job I lost
I downsized from my job very suddenly on October 17, 2011 after 14 years of service. They said they couldn't afford me even though I brought in more than $200,000 in revenue earlier in the year. I am an event manager. I managed all aspects of large continuing education conferences, trade shows, seminars and meetings. I am 62 years old, still full of life, still energetic and nowhere near ready to retire. I am still collecting unemployment. I never thought I'd still be out of work but my age seems to be a huge factor. It's against the law to discriminate for age but no one seems to care because they do it every day.
What it's like being unemployed
This is my first time to be unemployed in my entire life. I had no experience being unemployed until now. It's awful, shameful, lonely, unproductive, and disheartening. My work ethic is strong. I show up for work and work all day. All I need is a chance. I'm NOT too old. I don't want to be forced to retire with 25% less Social Security that isn't enough to live on. I need a job. I want to work. Don't discriminate without looking at the person. Don't make assumptions. Being at home all day, every day is so depressing and boring. It's hours of solitary time on the computer looking and applying for jobs every day. It's an awful way to spend your time. It'll only be worth it when I get a job.
- I will never give up looking for a job no matter what. I will continue to keep applying for every job I can. Someone will give me a chance someday I hope.