Laid Off - Again
Bianchi, the IT project manager, finds solace in the theater. He acts in plays with the Ann Arbor Civic Theater and another troupe and ushers at the Ark and the University Musical Society-"a way to get my entertainment fix with a small budget," he says. "My network of theater friends are pretty supportive."
Formerly a management consultant for Ernst & Young, he's now considering temp jobs or even moving into another field. "So how do you sell yourself, going another route?" he muses aloud. He depends on some financial help from his parents and has been siphoning off his savings for months. For now, unemployment compensation is paying for his mortgage and a few other expenses.
Smith feels grateful her home is paid off and her son has graduated from college. Yet sometimes her mother, who moved to Michigan to be near her, rails at her for spending a few dollars on two girls she mentors.
Some people who are stuck need to determine whether their careers are viable long term, says Nick Syncho, who runs a career transitions and counseling firm in Ann Arbor. They also need to determine their "core competencies" and what matters most to them about work-"what do I want to do now that I'm grown up," as he puts it. Some need to relocate, and he suggests they pick a place that is "an epicenter for their field."