I got an email today announcing that our department would be hit with a “relatively small” number of layoffs due to lack of business to support our current work force.
Since I’ve worked with my company, I’ve seen an email like this each year (though the first year was probably not considered “small”), and last year it was a little bit terrifying as my program had ended and I didn’t have real work to do. But I survived. This year, I’m not very worried. My program is relatively stable, I’ve been crazy busy, and it seems highly unlikely that I’ll be affected. Nor will those I work directly with. I’m getting more confident in my skills and my value, and this year really is going to be my year at work — I can tell.
At least the job market is improving a little, and those who are laid off should be able to put their skills to use elsewhere. It’s still depressing though.