Because it’s at the very end of the month. But I’m proud to say I did not go shopping today to contribute taking away someone’s Thanksgiving because they had to work.
So K goes “Check out ‘who.deleted.me’?’
Me: Are you kidding me?
K: Just check it out!
So I checked it out and got that image you see above.
Me: Do you really think I give a time of day to see this and find who deleted me?
K: Well I saw the newsfeed and I thought it was funny.
Me: So useless! Besides the people who deleted me are people I’ve only met once and that was it.
Well it turns out that K thought the URL was really funny but I do wonder who would care to find out who deleted them from their Facebook?
I’m not the type of person to bother about deleting friends. I just like it decay and have them delete me.
I keep forgetting that I have a grid app on my phone.
Anyways in the beginning of the month (June 7th to be exact), I got let go from my job. I saw it as a sign that maybe it was time to move on to something else.
Also the beginning of the month — pre-layoff, I went to Las Vegas. It was the first time in three years! Maybe I enjoyed it more than the previous times. Went to my first show which was Mystere — can’t wait to watch more Cirque du Soleil shows!
I was pretty productive during unemployment. I explored around other neighborhoods, cooked more, read more books, read more of “The Week” articles instead of skimming through, wrote more Yelp review, and was being more active. I participated in Ciclavia which is biking around Downtown LA and I can’t wait to do that again!
Of course I looked around for jobs and volunteered and networked. I learned it’s better to save your online job hunting at night. I felt so unproductive job hunting during the day time since I knew everyone is outside being busy during day time. So I had find things to do outside the apartment during the day time.
We also started UCLA Startup Accelerator Orientation. Can’t forget that’s what I did on my to-do list.
19 days after I got laid off I became employed. The great part was that it’s in Project Management and it’s in Public Health.
As of yesterday, I’ve been unemployed for 19 days and I get a call that I got the job. And it’s a career I’ve been wanting to pursue for the past year. When I first started working, I met this lady on the bus to work. She was working as an administrative assistant in UCSD and talked about Project Management and the books she’s been reading. I didn’t think too much about it since I just started my first full time job. About a couple years into working as a Manufacturing Lab Associate, I became to realized that I love working in collaborative environments and participating with different departments and making things work and improving a process. I wanted to get into Project Management but I didn’t know how.
I took free online classes, earned my professional certificate, joined the Project Management Institute and earned my CAPM. It took about 6 months to get there.
But later on, I learned that career changes are a lot more than just taking classes. I learned you also have to really start over. But I didn’t learn that until I moved to back to LA.
On my time off, I did pro bono work at a non-profit. I was assisting the Project Manager and recruiting more volunteers and managing volunteers, creating a calendar of events, and doing correspondence with other volunteers. Time was pretty tight since I volunteered Monday and Tuesdays. I was working at my full-time job as a Manufacturing Associate from Wednesday to Saturday.
I’ve been doing Manufacturing in the Biotech and Pharma Industry for a total of four years. I did wondering where would I take my Project Management skills once I got my hours and earned my PMP?
Then one day I got the ax. I guess things do happen for a reason. I spent my time networking, doing side projects, and volunteering and participating by day. At night I job hunted and prepared for interviews. I was a busy unemployed person.
It looks like I got what I wanted with the salary I wanted. I guess I finally got my big break. My next topic would probably be about alternative career choices if you’re a science major.
By the way, I still have not received my unemployment check.
The most replies I get from people when they told me during their time of being unemployed was that they cleaned their place a lot.
Yikes! I realized I need to catch up on that. I may have gone to the gym (which by the way I am thinking of letting that go since I need to train for the tough mudder. That means train myself for 10 miles of TRAIL running!) but as soon as I go home, I move less. I get attached to my laptop and try to look for jobs, look for networking events, do side projects, and plan out my week. Also my butt is glue to the floor or the bed/couch (FYI, we live in a studio apartment. We don’t have a chair.)
I was tired of sitting on my floor looking for jobs, writing cover letters, scheduling events, side projects, preparing for my upcoming interviews, and Coursera classes. So I decided to stand up and take a break. I looked around my apartment and realized maybe I haven’t done as much as I thought because my apartment is a mess!
Maybe I’m just hard on myself… I haven’t cook in a while either. Actually I try to make an active effort to go outside during the daytime to volunteer, participate, network, etc and save job hunting at night at home. It forces me to move more.
Anyways last Wednesday, I decided to stay in. I exercised at the yoga studio in the morning and stay in at the apartment to prepare for my upcoming interview the following day. After staying in, I realized I was the floor for 2 hours straight and maybe sweeping and moping the kitchen was overdue so I took a break to sweep and mop the kitchen.
Then later that day, I get a message from a friend she needed a place to stay for a couple days until she is able to move in her sublet but school starts on Monday. Decided that I got to clean the bathroom! Got to make the place nice for my friend to stay over for a couple of days.
I’ve always put off cleaning and decluttering because I’m always “tired” or pre-occupied with something else. I can see it now as something to clear my mind and take those occasional breaks to stand up once in a while.
I haven’t posted a blog in a while, I’m really sorry.
Yesterday has been a very rough day or so I thought because I got laid off from my corporate job.
I was a contract-to-hire working at a corporate job for almost 7 months. It was funny because the day before I saw an opening for my position, I applied and the the following day I get the news from my contract representative that my corporate job decided to let me go.
Me: Did they give you feedback?
Contract rep: It’s unusual, they didn’t. They called me to come over to give you the news. They just said you were nice girl but it wasn’t going to work out.
Me: That’s not really much feedback.
Contract rep: I really wanted to get feedback if you did anything wrong but HR decided to let you go. (Big corporate fatty name AKA BCF) is really opaque about these things. You’re not the first person who’ve gone through it. They’ve all told me the same thing — they’ve followed all the rules and they’re a great fit with their department. It throws them off the loop.
Me: I see. I applied to become a permanent employer, I guess HR told you to let me go.
Contract rep: Look, I also cover the LA area. I’ll contact you if another opportunity comes up.
That was pretty much the summary of what happened to me.
How did I cope?
1. Talk to people about what happened — ASAP!
The first thing I did was call my boyfriend to tell him the news and my friends and network and my old coworkers a final good-bye. My coworkers had no idea what was coming. In fact, neither my supervisor until I walked out of the building. It was just the natural.
I also believe if you have the right people who cheer you on and support you, they’ll help you pave the way. I felt it created a ripple effect. That was something I haven’t felt in a long time. I guess that’s what happens when you ditch bad friends for good ones. When I told my boyfriend, he told his work’s HR, and his HR talked to me. She actually asked for my resume. And also she gave me steps to apply for unemployment insurance right away and try filing a claim.
I talked to friends and my network and they did think what they did was horrible. They asked me for my resume too. They also told asked me for my hobbies and interests and try to get freelance work for money in the mean time.
I even said “goodbye” to my old coworkers. They told me since I applied externally, they’ll try to get me back in. I said “sorry, what’s done has been done. I applied the day before and if they really wanted me to stay, they’d let me.” I told them I think I can find opportunities elsewhere.
2. Breathe back life in the things you love
I do pro bono side projects in my spare time. Neuron Highway is probably my biggest project and I can spend more time on it instead of focusing on it 2 days of the week. I felt very split between working for BCF and meeting up at school — they’re 40 miles apart! Some days after work I would debate whether or not to go to a networking event to promote Neuron Highway but I would be overwhelmed with the distance.
I feel this project can help raise my personal brand profile and introduce me to more doors. My partner from Neuron Highway told me that there are people that want to meet us but she always had to put it on hold because I always working and could never attend. I feel maybe this will open doors for exponentially.
I also noticed I haven’t blogged as much as I wanted to. But I can use this blog as my journey of getting back on my feet again.
3. Focusing on your personal brand
Maybe being in BCF it was hard to create a personal brand or maybe they recognized my personal brand and thought it wasn’t a good fit. The word “fit” is such a vague word. I thought being a great worker, showing initiative, getting along with your department and superiors, and being recognized by them is enough to stay. I don’t understand. I thought that’s what “fit” meant.
4. I can finally enjoy Saturday and other holidays
Self-explanatory. And not to mention drive 50 miles per day. I’m looking for my next job to be within LA where transit is more accessible.
5. My opportunity of getting out of the box
Since the start of post-college career, I’ve been in cell culture manufacturing. I graduated in 2009 with a Neuroscience degree in a TERRIBLE economy. But also at the time I did not have industry related experience. I got my break 6 weeks after I finished my last class at UCLA and was working in cell culture manufacturing. I’m not a biology person, I actually saw myself more of a biochemistry or a chemistry person when I was in college. I thought if I gave myself a couple years I would get out of cell culture and move into something else. Well that “couple of years” became 4 years in cell culture. I felt when I was looking to get out of cell culture, I got more calls for interviews for only cell culture positions. When I was head-hunted to work as a contractor for BCF, I thought this was my step to work for a BCF and maybe be able to move around within a BCF. The perception of working in something bigger is that you’re moving on up. It didn’t matter how many supervisors and colleagues in other departments liked me and wanted me to work for them, I felt BCF-HR stuck me in a box.
But since yesterday I felt I finally got out of that box and now I can move on.
Why have I been busier lately? Because of THIS!
That’s right, I’m back at school — well Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) that is. It’s been a week since I enrolled in a class and I really like it! On Monday it was Healthcare Innovation class. Last Friday, I started my second class which is Computational Neuroscience. Now I’m trying to download Octave for the class.
Signing up for classes can get addicting!
Lately I’ve been reading A LOT of Facebook posts on the Newsfeed on all things going to the gym.
cI’ve been getting multiple people who check-in their gym everyday published on Facebook.
Pictures of themselves at the gym.
Snapshots of their calendar like:
Monday: cardio and weihts
Tuesday: Insanity and body pump
Wednesday: Insanity then abs, back, and biceps
Thursday: Date with boyfriend at the gym
I think it’s great if you have a lot of free time. A LOT of free time.
For me, I can easily put in two times a week to go to the gym. Actually I go to a yoga studio called YogaWorks. I LOVE how they are in different locations throughout Los Angeles plus they have PerkVille where you earn points to get rewards like a tumblr, yoga mat, and free month. To me, it tells me how many times I’ve gone to class. Love the point system so I can reward myself too when I reach my points (200, 500, 1000 pts, etc). But I have a hard time trying to fit in trips to the studio 3x per week so reaching those milestone points are pretty tricky to do.
My work week is Wednesday through Saturday. Wednesday and Thursday I go to the studio after work to beat traffic. Friday, it depends if I can make it to the studio but usually I just go home. Saturday, the studio closes early but that’s ok, I want to hang out with my friends on Saturday night. Sunday is probably the few times I spend with my boyfriend. Monday and Tuesday are my off days but depends on what I do since I’ve got side projects and hobbies.
Today I was planning to go to TRX class this morning at 9:15 but then on the way there, they close one of the exits I usually get off to get to class. I knew I wasn’t going to make it on time for that particular class. I looked at the schedule for the next available class and the next available class was at 10:30 am. I was not sure whether or not I’d be willing to wait an hour for class to start so instead I decided to stop by Target to pick up a few things to think about it. I picked up a USB drive for my side projects, baking soda, and baking powder and decided to go back home. I knew if I were to take the 10:30 am class and get out at 11:45 am and go back home to do my side projects and go out again at 3 pm. Instead I just had to save myself the two hours to focus on my projects and get ready to go out again at 3 pm. I also even prepped the ingredients for dinner tonight — boiling potatoes for mash potatoes and thawing pork tenderloin. I even made some breakfast bars (Thank you Pinterest!).
Then I went straight to business and read on Microsoft Access and Sharepoint. What a productive morning and I didn’t have to go to the gym.
You see…I guess the point is that I would love to go work out consistently 3 time a week to make my membership worth it. But just finding that time is pretty hard when you’ve got other priorities. Nice that you are adopting a healthier lifestyle, but please take it easy on the posting and the preaching that I have to go work out two hours per day.
Ending the year off in San Francisco! 2012 has been a crazy good year with several setbacks on the way but I haven’t found that stopping me. (Actually yes I have, but somehow I end up somewhere else and try to make it even better.) Wish I had my laptop to share my 2012 in pictures. This year I’ve traveled the first time in years, got a new job, and moved out of San Diego but I’m still working towards reaching my goals. Still have not reached my destinations, just found myself in a stepping stone and hopefully it means going forward. Even though I have gotten a lot going on, I’m still working hard to maintain where I am. I wish everyone a great 2013! I’m still thinking what will I pull off next for 2013.