We have been bitten by the jobless bug over here in the RSG household.
Mr. RSG was laid off from his panic attack-inducing job as a mechanical engineer last October. His severance was pretty decent: 8 weeks pay plus his company agreed to continue to pay our health insurance for the sum total of one year. We weren’t too sad, at the time, to hear of his layoff. He was, quite literally, popping Xanax twice a day to deal with his frustrating boss and the work stress related to his company, which was struggling after some sales person in his division messed up big time by buying scrap metal at over double the cost they could resell it at.
We were eager to have Mr. RSG home and more relaxed. We weren’t too worried about finances at the time. Our home, a smaller, older one, was very affordable and we didn’t over-extend ourselves when we bought it. The property taxes are low too. In addition, I had some help from my family.
Mr. RSG went to massage school, and he’s midway through it. If he hadn’t been laid off, it’s doubtful he would have found the time to do it.
But now, the year has gone by and he’s still unemployed. In the past few weeks, we discovered little E (6) needs glasses, and I need mine replaced too. This time, in addition to bein
g blind as a bat severely nearsighted and having astigmatism, I can’t read the small print on medicine bottles so I need bifocals. Which means, in addition to the extra cost of special lenses to reduce the weight, the rolled and polished edges, all of which is so it won’t look like I have coke-bottle lenses, I need to drop an extra $400 for progressive bifocals. I about nearly puked.
I come home, dejected, almost afraid to tell my husband of my total shame at having such horrible eyesight that it costs $800 for a pair of glasses. He said, well, it’s about that much when I get my glasses and contacts, so don’t worry about it.
But then, the next day he tells me, “oh, yeah, we got our notification in the mail that we will have to start paying Cobra to keep our insurance…which is $1600 a month and we have to pay it by November 1st”. Ugh!
And then later I came across our property tax bill. It’s ALWAYS been due by the 30th. This year, it’s due November 10th. Not that those extra twenty days will make much difference, but at least I can delay the bite.
Oh, yeah, have I mentioned we are STILL paying on middle daughter’s braces following her palate expander?
Argh! Damn it. I have a pretty decent financial cushion, but it will soon be decimated.
Yes, I’m done with my resume. Yes, I’ve even started putting it ‘out there’.
I have one resume sent out to one of my old companies I worked for. I sent it out last Wednesday, and I hope I get a bite.
A friend told me about a recruiter she uses for her scientific field. She gushed about this person. I actually submitted my resume, only to be told I have a glaring almost 8 year absence from the STEM field that does strike against me.
Sigh. I knew that was coming.
I wrote about it in this post about Female attrition in the STEM field. I know WHY I was happy with my choice to leave work in the first place for my daughters. I’m glad I did. I even wrote a post about Why Being Happy As a Stay At Home Parent is Truly Rebellious. For the record, I stand by my statement.
No one could have done what I have done better.
Given the same decision, knowing what I know now, I STILL would have made the SAME choice.
Even though I am FREAKING OUT a tiny bit about the bills coming due.
What I want to know is WHERE IS THE ON RAMP back into the STEM field?
I’m about ready to beg any local laboratories to give me some job training of ANY kind. Even washing glassware in exchange for a little bit of money but more importantly MEDICAL INSURANCE. Yes, despite the fact I was a supervisor of medical genetics laboratory that diagnosed orphan genetic diseases at a private university hospital, I will start at sub-basement level just to get back in the field.
I hope it doesn’t come to that.
Any job re-entry into the STEM field advice would be GREATLY appreciated here in the RSG household.
If you know of anyone willing to re-train individuals with very rusty microbiology or DNA analysis skills, please let me know.