As I mentioned in my last post, yes, I did get laid off today on October 25th. It’s been a long haul at AMD, but it’s time to move on to somewhere more profitable. They gave me an agreeable severance package that means I’ll be paid through to February and medically covered through to the end of April. I’m not as freaked out as I would expect; then again, this is the first I’ve ever received a severance package, an obvious benefit of working in the corporate realm.
I’ve already heard about some leads elsewhere that I’ll likely follow up on. I need a few days to rest and think while I rework my resume. Put out some feelers, yadda-yadda. I’ve been employed consistently for the past 11 years – last unemployment was in the recovery after the dotcom crash of 2001 – and I’ve never taken an actual vacation in that time, so I’m feeling like I need to just take some time off, go find myself, rest from the burden. I’ve never been to New Mexico, or San Francisco, or Marfa, or the coast, or plenty of other places. Needing to plan ahead by requesting vacation days off in advance had its dampening effect on exploring during time off. As it stands, I can just drop everything and go whenever I feel. That sounds like a good idea.