You have to deal with all sorts of things as you move through life. As it turned out, a major economic recession was brewing. It came into full force about eight months after I started my job at Texas instruments. The recession took its toll on many industries, including electronics. People were not buying, so manufacturing companies had to cut back. As a result, TI laid off over 1,000 employees, including me. Consumer electronics was no longer a career I could aspire to now. I need a career change.
Here we are…a pregnant wife, a new house and mortgage, a financial recession and no job. Oh yea, no internet or social media!
Was this stressful? Absolutely! A change of jobs is stressful enough. But knowing I had a brief period of time before our small savings ran out was challenging.
What do you do? Well, you use what is available. I’m talking about newspaper ads, a portable Smith-Corona typewriter, lots of typewriter paper, envelops and stamps. I don’t know how many letters and resumes I sent out to job postings. I did receive quite a career change education. Yes, stress, stress, stress.
Since I was early in my career, I did not have many colleagues that I could tap into for leads. There was no LinkedIn, Facebook or even email. As one would expect, you work with what you’ve have.