Laid Off and Pushing On

Last week I had a very surprising phone call. My position at a tech company had been eliminated due to some company reorganizing and I was suddenly out of a job.

It took me the rest of the afternoon to come to terms that I would not be receiving a paycheck or insurance anymore, and that was really my only concern. I did not love my job and to be honest, I did not really care about what I was doing. This was just an in-between job.

Having gone to school to study environmental management and sustainable development, I always knew I wanted my passion to also be my career. Since graduating, I have bounced around a bit from Indiana to Washington DC, but being back in Chicago has not brought me much luck in the job hunt.

While I started working for that tech company, I did my best to exercise my passion outside of my work day. This meant volunteering on a non-profit associate board, Delta Emerging Leaders and applying for Chicago Conservation Corps, which I blogged about many times here, here, and here. On top of that, I did some beach clean ups too.

All while I was working for my lack-luster job and volunteering, I was  also always on the look out for an open sustainably related position. So now I am still looking and still applying, but I am not going to settle.

I already had a passion-less job. This next job, whatever it may end up being, is going to make a difference and help create quantifiable and beneficial change. I believe that life is too short to be spending so much time in a job that does not fill you with joy and really makes you think. Overall, I refuse to give up. The topics I write about on this blog are what I want to do with my life, and I feel lucky to have found my calling. I know my dream job is out there.






  1. LOVE THIS! I’m currently working a job that I really don’t like. I went to school for Environmental Studies and I want to work in education and conservation work. Currently I’m working with research animals; changing cages, food and water, and minor health observations. I don’t mind the work, but I want to be outside! Not stuck in a lab without Windows. I’ve been trying to find a new job for seven months, but no luck! I really hope you find a new job you absolutely love quickly and that it’s better than the dreams you have!


  2. Good luck in your job hunt. I am in the same boat.

    I love the fact your passion is sustainability and the environment. There would be such a difference in the world is more people shared your view! All the best.


  3. I am so sorry to hear about you being laid off but I definitely admire your passion and drive! It sounds like you are going in the right direction and doing your best to get involved with the volunteering, and hopefully that means something really great is coming soon! I know it can be tough; I’ve been working short/seasonal contracts since getting out of school, and the ends are always stressful, not knowing exactly what’s next. Sending all the positive vibes.


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