By: R.D. Sharninghouse
Orlando Central Florida Chapter, STC
On Thursday, November 17th, 2016 at the IHOP near UCF, the (Orlando Central) Florida Chapter of STC held its monthly meeting. The topic was Surviving a TechComm Layoff. This topic was presented by David Coe and David Coverston, two experienced members of our chapter with personal experience in the world of layoffs. Being laid off can take its toll on an individual. This presentation gave details on preparing oneself for a lay off.
The tips for being self-aware and “checking the pulse” of one’s situation were really great. Self-awareness lets us know where we stand in the crowd. What we need to improve on and what needs to be maintained. “Checking the pulse” focuses on keeping up with the world around you. Knowing the industry you’re in, the company you work for, and any of the changes taking place can give you a leg up so you can stay on top.
The tip to build a strong foundation by living smart and saving up caught my attention. More specifically, the part about building cash reserves. They say to build cash reserves that can cover a minimum of 3 to 6 months of expenses. The reserves should also be liquid so they can be obtained without consequence.
Personally, finding work was always a worry, until I did eventually get a good job. But this meeting helped me realize that having a job is a very small part of a much larger picture.