Oreos, pizza, and potentially losing your job at 24

My company is going through some changes. Not like, hot flashes or needing viagra, but like extremely well know CEOs getting fired “effective immediately” and managers on the edge of their seats because they’ll be next. It’s not even like its a private affair; as a public company all of it’s dirty launch is completely out in the open. That being said, in the last two weeks, I have found out more about the hirings and firings my company has been up to from newspapers than I have from my boss. I guess once it’s in the paper there’s no hiding it from the lowly peons anymore. But what’s a girl to do?lToday, a coworker silently sent me an IM with a Capital New York article (a website of which I had never heard of before today. Probably not a good sign.) The article basically said that the CEO that was hired last Tuesday (surprise!) will most likely be flushing out all of the people the old CEO (who was fired effective immediately) hired when he started here less than a year ago.

Last year at this time a very similar situation was happening and my old manager and her boss were given the boot, as were most of the higher-ups in the company across the country. If this is going to be an annual thing, I don’t think I can handle the stress.

The difference between last year and this year is that this time around the new CEO may be looking to close down my office all together. According to the article I was shown today, the new guy is looking to consolidate all of the advertising people into the two offices on the other side of the country. I believe the words were that he wants to “concentrate management in Tribune’s two flagship cities.” Now that could mean nothing, it could mean that CRO’s and VP’s will move to other cities. But it could also mean that my VP, who is my manager and the leader of the sales team here in New York, may be on his way out.

So, here I am, on the bus home after a conference call with the CRO (who was also “let go effective immediately”) not sure where I’m supposed to go from here.

It would be easy at this point to want to abandon ship, get out while I still can; but in all honesty, I’ve been browsing job sites since I started working here out of college. The problem is that I may not know where I’m supposed to go, but I don’t even know where I want to go. And therein lies the difficulty of being a 24 year old with barely enough experience to keep your current job which you potentially may be about to lose.

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