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Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 08:13
So, uh. This happened at work.

The University's been facing a tough time with declining enrollment. To make the books balance for next year, they had to cut eight staff positions.

I got called into the Dreaded Uncomfortable Meeting with five other staff members yesterday afternoon, where we learned we were being laid off. They went to great lengths to say that these reductions were a strictly financial decision that had nothing to do with our individual performance.

While I'm understandably annoyed that my position is winding down, I'm not bitter about the situation. The current leadership at AlgomaU has a lot going for them, and I truly wish them well in meeting the challenges they face. The University has the potential to be a profoundly important institution for all of Canada, and a crown jewel of our local community. I hope I see them turn that vision into a reality.

That said, I'm taking this as an opportunity to springboard on to greater things. =)

Because of our family situation, I very strongly prefer to stay local (Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada), but at this point I'm open to substantial travel -- say, 25%, possibly even 40% or more depending on how it's spread out? So if there are any cool places out there who could use a *nix nerd in Software Development, QA, or Systems Administration, right now I'm all ears. ^_^
Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 13:51 (UTC)
I know of places, but none near Sault Ste Marie (a place I actually know the location of, but only because I play Ticket To Ride). Not sure to what extent they'd be open to tele-commuting and I am pretty sure they'd want you on-site for the first month-or-so for training.

The closest locations I can think of would be either Pittsburgh, PA or Cambridge, MA.
Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 14:53 (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about the upheaval. Sending good energy for finding a strong new position!
Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 15:12 (UTC)
I'm sorry about the layoff, but I have my fingers crossed that this will lead to better things!
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Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 19:30 (UTC)
I wish you all the best with job searching!
Thursday, May 5th, 2016 06:08 (UTC)
Ahhh I'm sorry for the news but joining you in hoping that this leads to better and brighter things <3
Saturday, May 7th, 2016 04:54 (UTC)
I've been eyeing workingnomads.co for other things. Since I didn't understand a single bit of what you actually excel at (ha, sorry), I'm not sure if they have your jobs, too.
Saturday, May 7th, 2016 22:59 (UTC)
Best of luck in finding something excellent!