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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Unexpected Blessings

Everyday in the news, I read about layoffs or scroll past pictures of people being profiled throughout their job hunts. Just today, I read that the drug giant Pfizer acquired another huge pharma company, Wyeth, which will eventually result in layoffs. Even with the media blitz surrounding it, the economic downtown has still remained a vague concept to me until recently. About two weeks ago, Chris' boss notified him that he will be laid off at the end of February.

But don't be alarmed for us. We have known about this possibility for a while, and it might actually be a blessing. Chris will continue to work until the end of February and then will receive two months' full severance pay, which will bring him to the beginning of May. During those two months, Chris will be able to catch up on school and study for finals, while still pulling in a paycheck. In addition, Chris needed an impetus to leave his finance job and find a legal position that will give him better experience in the long term. I don't believe Chris will have any trouble finding such a position.

The other big news is that I accepted a new position within Boston Scientific that entails higher pay and more responsibility. I have officially moved into my new role in project management, which translates into overseeing all aspects of my assigned clinical studies, instead of just one piece.

I truly see these situations as the hand of God. Just as I finished school, an exciting, new career opportunity found me. And just as Chris began to feel the weight of spring semester, an opportunity to not work and still be paid found him. It will be an interesting spring!

2 Comments:

Blogger Heidi said...

Erin~ How exciting for you and Chris! We have a God who cares about the details in our lives, that's for sure! And congratulations on your new position!

12:44 PM  
Blogger Katrina Custer said...

I was going to say everything Heidi did. Congratulations on your new job, and it looks like God is giving you an adventure-filled spring!

6:49 AM  

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