Navigating your first REAL job loss

I have had a lot of jobs and I have worn a lot of hats in my short time working, at age 18 I took my first real job as a Photopass Photographer at Walt Disney World during their College Program, from there it was cruise lines, airlines, even a photographer at Fenway park.

I’ve never been fired, I have always self terminated my jobs because sometimes they just weren’t a good fit for me or I had to move on somewhere else… I’d never been let go, till the fall of 2015.

I got my first real reporting job in July of 2015, I was a bright eyed bushy tailed community news reporter, in short I loved my job. I got to work from home, I was able to set my hours and I got to experience all these fun community events and mingle with people. Then in late November I get a call from my Editor in Chief, I knew it was coming though I could feel it in the air.

That’s the thing about getting laid off, you can kind of sense it coming, the air changes your work relationships change, and in my case? I got assigned less and less till it happened, and it’s a hard blow.

At first you don’t know what to do, I felt like it wasn’t real I was driving home after signing my termination, we were going to Thanksgiving dinner the next day and I just didn’t know what to feel. About a week after that I was crying about my boyfriend forgetting to buy a pizza for dinner, my emotions were everywhere I would get mad, I would get sad, I would laugh because it just couldn’t be happening.

We never think it’ll happen to us, we never think we’ll get pink slipped and for many we won’t because we have secure jobs but I took a risk, in a waning economy I wanted to be a news reporter I wanted to go out there with my notepad and report the news like many before me. That’s the thing about me, despite the piling school debt I am determined and I knew what I wanted to do, I wanted to be Lois Lane, I wanted to be the news reporter. So how did I get through it? Months and months without anything and then suddenly I was working in a small beach town 2 hours from my hometown and finally feeling like I was in control of my life.

1. Don’t Panic!

Yes I know, easier said than done but you have to hit the brakes and take a breath. I kept panicking about my situation and losing sleep, eating too much and gaining MORE weight, I kept pacing and feeling like I was falling apart.

It’s so hard to accept you lost your dream job, I know that, but if you keep breathing it makes it easier. I found that what helped me was writing, I would sit and just write and write, I took up more hobbies like knitting and taught myself a new skill, I started sewing more, it was just anything to clear my head of this misery.

I also found that if I was going to hunt for jobs, I would only spend an hour or several small bursts because I would feel so discouraged doing it. I would get so sad when I would apply and hear nothing back, but when I did and then nothing again I would just feel hopeless.

It’s so important to practice self care when it happens, you need to be willing to set time aside to job hunt but also do other things to remove that feeling of drowning. I spent so much time alone and just trying to shake the feeling, I should have turned to friends, family or my boyfriend and that’s the most important thing to remember.

2. Take another job 

Your severance package won’t last forever, they run out and bills will pile up. I have a lot of customer service skills so I was applying to jobs where I could use my previous skills anything with customer service or even photography. I got lucky I found a job taking photos at a legacy railroad and I was able to pull in some cash, because I wasn’t going to sit by.

I also with caution say to find a temp agency, I had a massive issue with a temp agency back when I was still between jobs but if it’s only between finding a permanent job, I think it’s alright just read the fine print.

Just whatever you do, don’t sit at home and mope keeping your skills fresh is important and vital to bounce back.

3. It takes time

While it may happen over night, chances are you may be unemployed for a bit of time, and it’s important to be patient.

When you become impatient all you do is hurt yourself, like I said self care is of the utmost important and if you’re feeling stressed on top of feeling sad you’ll end up destroying yourself and getting to a job interview like that will ruin you completely.

It also shows through when you’re nervous or feeling like you’re a failure, so just take it one day at a time and remember to breathe as much as you can.

It can be easier said than done, but it is possible. The main thing is patience, just remember Rome wasn’t built in a day and finding a job after losing your first dream job can seem impossible.

As for me?

I took a job in Southwest FL, I work at a daily and I continue to push because I am still in the infancy stages of this whole journey. Like anything in life it’s about learning and I continue to learn every day I get to work and set to work writing about my local town.

Just remember it isn’t the end of the world, it’s just the beginning especially if you’re in your 20s like me and still have so much to do. Just remember there are people who love you and will support you through all this and never be afraid to ask for advice or help, but continue to work hard it’ll be well worth it in the end.


The Force apparently failed on Force Friday

While I am not a midnight or line up for hours before a release, Force Friday was almost tempting like Lilly for Target was. But again at 12:01 am I was in bed sleeping soundly.

Though apparently like Lilly for Target, prep’s biggest disaster this spring many Star Wars fans found themselves empty handed. Hours after the events across the country, many users took to twitter complaining about lack of stock and lack of items.

I am a Star Wars fan, I mean I am counting down the days for the release of the new make up, which apparently will be getting more items come October (come on eyeshadow) I am not big into toys. But those who were into toys found that most stores were ill-prepared.

One ion user described his experience at Toys R Us in Oakland, CA and across Twitter users had the same complaint, not enough product and too many people. And many fear the worse, that some of these toys will end up for triple on eBay, which like many limited collections has happened in the past.

Though there are users who have had luck and are still finding items across the board. Though it seems many clothing items can be found for men, women and children and other odds and ends are available. But the toys are the thing everyone wants, so what could have gone wrong today?

Was there a lack of stock? Did employees have more toys in the back and are waiting to put them out? I mean there are a lot of factors here to consider, but it is apparent that some fans are upset and more items need to be stocked.

I’m still waiting to see the first of the make up and also wanting to see Target’s new clothing items.

Did anyone go out to Force Friday? If you did tell me about your experience or send me a message.

AMC Gives us More Zombies and Spin-offs

While we’re still a few months away before the Rick-Tatorship can take over our lives again, AMC is riding high on zombies and bringing viewers Fear the Walking Dead.”

Much like their critically acclaimed Better Call Saul which tells the story of Saul Goodman before he gets wrapped up in the whirlwind that is Walter White and his blue meth.

Fear the Walking Dead takes viewers to a month before the outbreak and Atlanta. Unlike The Walking Dead which throws us into confusion with Rick Grimes waking up in the hospital in Atlanta, Fear the Walking Dead shows the whole downfall of society and the events that lead up to the world we know and fear in The Walking Dead. 

Set in Los Angeles, this show brings the audience a blended family that seems to have their own issues. When we first meet Nick, much like Rick (Ok Kirkman I see what you did there) wakes up in a state of confusion.

L to R Kim Dickens as Madison Clark, Cliff Curtis as Travis Manawa, Alycia Debnam Carey as Alicia Clark and Frank Dillane as Nick Clark

As Nick moves around in what looks like an abandoned church he see’s his first walker. Though unlike Rick who is faced with the harsh reality that he is alone and everyone he loves is probably dead, Nick gets hit with a car.

Without spoiling too much, the first episode is a slow burn. The viewers get a peek into the lives of these characters and get themselves established. Unlike the first episode of The Walking Dead where we meet more walkers, Fear the Walking Dead gives us three confirmed walkers on screen.

Travis, Kim and Nick find out killing zombies is not as easy as they think.

What I like about this show as opposed to the first season of The Walking Dead is that we’re seeing the world as it falls apart, we’re seeing the initial attack of the virus and how people are dealing with it. The episode as I mentioned is a slow burn, but looking at the previews it’s obvious that all hell will be breaking loose before things get better.

Now it is important to note that if you are a fan of the The Walking Dead the episode will seem slow and stupid, why slow? Well no walkers are losing their heads. Why stupid? Well considering one main character heads back to where Nick wakes up, at night and starts calling out, many of us were more than likely screaming at the television because we know that A) don’t make noise B) it’s dark so you don’t know what’s in there C) you still don’t know how to kill them.

Fear the Walking Dead  on it’s first night according to Variety set the all-time cable record premiere, Nielsen figured that about 10.1 million viewers in the 18-49 tuned in the premiere on Sunday night. The record for the premiere was previously held by Better Call Saul on the same network.

While watching the show it is interesting to think what the original show characters are doing, like Glenn was probably delivering pizzas, Maggie and Beth were helping Hershel, Carl was probably not staying in the house.

Fear the Walking Dead airs on Sundays on AMC at 9pm EST.

Luck of the Irish… Airline that is.

We’ve all dreamed of that moment, strolling along the Seine in Paris, looking up and seeing the beautiful Eiffel tower in front of you.

For many this will always be a dream, the price of transatlantic flying has gone up in recent years.

While many of us can afford a domestic flight or even swing a flight down to Mexico or the Caribbean, Europe and other parts of the world are unattainable.

Though in a statement released Monday, Irish airline Ryanair which has been operating as a low cost carrier in the EU is considering transatlantic flights for as low as 15 USD. But that is not feasible for another 5 years or so and that is permitting that they get the long haul aircraft needed for this.

There is a catch to all this right? Of course there is, because low-cost flying is no frills flying. Florida based Spirit Airlines has perfected the Ryanair model here in the states and offers fares as low as 5 dollars but what is the catch?

Well you have to pay for luggage, carry on, seat fee and even on board snacks so by the end of it you have amassed a 200 dollar tickets without realizing it. Ryanair follows the same principle in their EU market but like Spirit they have become successful in their business and continue to fly routes daily through Europe.

So that leads to the question of would 500 dollars be a steal to jump from the US to the EU? Compared to the usual 2,000+ dollars in roundtrip tickets the business model could be successful for the low cost traveller and even the study abroad student.

According to CNN Money the route has been seen by many other low cost carriers and has failed, such as Eos Airlines, MAXJet and Silverjet which saw Silverjet absorbed into British Airways in the end.

But Ryanair would have to learn from the mistake of others in order to become successful in such a tough market, the question here is would you travel with Ryanair to fulfill your Paris dream or will you keep dreaming?