So, I haven’t talked much about this yet, but I think it’s time, so here goes. I was informed two weeks ago yesterday (Friday, April 29) that my job is being eliminated, as of the end of June. The school district that I work for is losing some of its Title II funding, which they use to pay for student services. They went around and around to figure out how to cut, and finally decided somebody had to go.
As for why they chose me, I was told, “Last in, first out”. I had been under the impression that my position was actually fairly important. But whatever. They have what sounds like a reasonable plan for divvying up my duties among other people, so it couldn’t have been that crucial.
I’ve been offered my previous job back, as a library assistant at one of the junior high schools, and I can even take over at the other junior high and double my hours. It’s only part-time, and at lower pay, so overall I’ll be getting about a third what I am now. And, oh yeah, it won’t start until school starts again at the end of August, so I’ll be unemployed over the summer. I’m taking it anyway, of course; if nothing else, it’s at least somewhat related to my library degree.
I have serious mixed feelings about this. I haven’t been all that happy in the job, because it’s been so far removed from my experience and interests. But the money has helped. Now I get to go back to the seemingly endless begging of various agencies and companies for even the slightest notice. It was frustrating and depressing before, and I’m not expecting anything different this go-round.
On the gripping hand, however, I have a bit more experience than before, both in libraries and in databases. And the economy is doing marginally better. So I may have somewhat better chances this time. We will see.
(Please note that I’m trying really hard not to give in to despair and pessimism. How long this will last is yet to be determined.)