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  •  If you can, (0+ / 0-)

    quit.  Just like that.  Without another job to go to.  I've done it a couple of times and, particularly the first time, found it very empowering (hate the word, but it's apt).  I established for myself the certainty that I am in control of my career.

    I'm in computers, too, and they pay me well enough that I can afford to be unemployed for extended periods.  I understand how lucky I am.  My last period of unemployment lasted about a year.  My specialty is data visualization, and in that year, probably 90 - 95% of the jobs in that field were in defense or intel work, and I won't do it.  Eventually I found a job in a small biotech.

    Not considering defense and intel work was easy for me; I know I don't want to be part of that terrible system.  Also I'm lucky and can afford it.  Maybe you can't, but look into what your possibilities are; at least consider all of your options.  This is one option that most people don't consider - to be comfortable with unemployment.  We are conditioned to think that you have to have work all the time, but it just ain't so.  Good luck!

    -7.50 -6.56 | Why is it that those who can remember that those who forget history are bound to repeat it are bound to repeat it?

    by cmanaster on Sun Jul 09, 2006 at 11:58:28 AM PDT

    •  Yea for the good advice (0+ / 0-)

      The first time is scary,isn't it,then it gets really great.

    •  Very, very tempting... (0+ / 0-)
      But I don't want to lose health insurance.  That's the horrible reality in America -- you get chained to a job for the health insurance.  There'd be more free spirits in America if our insurance wasn't tied to our jobs.

      At worst case I will line up temp jobs before giving notice.  I was already in that process before taking this wrong path. Getting your foot into the door at a place is a great way to try before you buy.  

      I'm not ready to quit the job yet. I will stick it out a bit longer while I take a course or two, pocket the fat paychecks and hopefully pay down the Home Equity Line of Credit whose interest rates have been creeping up too much for my tastes.  My main mortgage is fixed at 5.375 percent and is quite manageable.

      •  Look into (0+ / 0-)

        exactly what it would cost you to insure yourself.  Particularly with CORBA (that's a national thing, right, not a CA thing?), you ought to be able to continue the coverage you've got for some period - I think it's 12 to 18 months but I don't remember for sure.  See what it costs, see whether you can afford it, figure out how confident you are that you'll be able to find another job in that timeframe.  And if the answers add up to OK - go for it!

        -7.50 -6.56 | Why is it that those who can remember that those who forget history are bound to repeat it are bound to repeat it?

        by cmanaster on Sun Jul 09, 2006 at 01:55:19 PM PDT

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