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One of the things that I didn't mention in my end of year round-up was that I was losing my job after 17 years.

The head of my division called me in the last week of August to tell me that they were eliminating five positions in the US. At this time we were hiring a lot of Indian contractors, and being a "big-picture" sort of girl, I realized that they were outsourcing everyone under the rank of manager to India. Over 70 years of experience wasn't as important as the financial bottom line. So much for our vaunted "people-first" culture. It was apparently outranked by "wallet-first" culture. This would have been less bitter for us if the Firm was in decline... but we just had 6% growth over our previous year.

We were promised a generous severance if we'd stay for six months to help train the new staff, and to help the development of the new database. All of us agreed to stay.

For the most part we went on with business as usual, doing the global integration. I told my household, but not even my family. Part of it was denial, and I think part of me hoped that they'd retract the dismissal - or maybe I could move laterally to another group. It seemed possible; in January they called and asked me to stay on another four months.

So I promised myself that in March I'd get looking for a job seriously. March 01 came and went, and with it I lost one of my close friends and coworkers. I let myself drift. Then came April, and I realized that I had less than three months to get my act together. I put out my resume, and then started to scour the job sites again. (I had done a tentative look back in September, and then let it go.)

Something came to my mailbox that looked promising. Then it looked *very* promising, and I started a whirlwind ten days that included three interviews. Halfway through April, I got a job offer, and an amazingly good one, that meant I could continue doing what I love.

Yesterday was my last day at EY, after 17 and a half years. Monday, I start a new job, and a new adventure. For these two days I am free-floating between the two.

I am still a very lucky kitty.
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