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Discussion on: On Being Fired

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Seriously, don't let it get to you.

I've been doing this for well over 20 years. I've been laid off a few times, fired, and left at least one place in a storm of rage and controversy. ¯\(ツ)

None of that says anything about me. This doesn't say anything about you. Over the course of any person's life, they'll experience all of this and more. That is what we, in the small fishing village from whence I came, call experience.

Really, it just sounds like these weren't a fit for you just now. There are still more dev jobs out there than there are people to fill them. There are shops where the team will be excited to help you grow your skills ( I happen to run one such shop and know ours is not the only one ).

Jump back in. Go do some contract work if the job sounds enjoyable. Play constantly. Have fun and good luck.

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jen chan Author • Edited on

Yeah I agree, this is all in part professional experience, albeit in a negative light. And thanks for sharing your journey too. With time comes perspective and I have to admit, this time I sensed it coming right down to the day it happened :D

A huge incentive for me for turning this comment into a post is to normalize and destigmatize the reality of being fired, laid off, let go... etc.

Anything is possible, and I wouldn't put it past anyone to consider me both:
hardworking but unproductive,
friendly yet ill-fitting,
transparent but too honest, no fault of my own or theirs.

I do have serious doubts about my ability to keep a job because keeping my head down isn't working. Like zomg, what now? oh yeah, I need more than a basic command of JS. Haha. hahahaha