Almost 15 years ago, I started working part-time at the local newspaper in the customer service department. I was a junior in college and I worked weekends and on my breaks (spring break, summer.) Prior to working part-time, I actually worked two summers as a temp at the newspaper (in HR and customer service.) Two weeks before I graduated college, someone approached me and said, “I heard you are graduating with a degree in computers. Would you be interested in working in the online department?”
My degree was in computer science, however it wasn’t in web development. I had very little experience in that field, but I accepted the position anyway. I started in the online department as an online producer in June 2000.
I held various positions over 13 years. I was an online producer, an online reporter, online editor and then about 3 years (4 maybe?) I moved into the online developer position.
Today I was one of 8 people at our site laid off. (I was the first one, I think, so I’m not sure if it was definitely 8. I can confirm the five in our newsroom.) I can’t say I was shocked. Surprised? Yes. Saddened? Very.
Last night I spent over an hour searching for jobs for my mom. I emailed her several links. I even commented to a colleague this morning about my search. It’s a little ironic. My mom told me today that she had a feeling just this week that my position may be eliminated soon. It’s funny how we kind of know these things.
I really loved the people I worked with and I’m going to miss them the most. However, I consider many of them friends so I know I will be seeing them soon. I really liked being able to help people and I loved working in the newsroom.
Today begins a new chapter for me, for my family. It’s a little scary, but also a little exciting. Wish me luck!