Thank You for Laying Me Off – Part 2

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This month, I posted my thank you note to my former employer, for laying me off.  It took three years for me to come to terms and finally see that I am better off. Since posted this blog, I have heard from a few other former co-workers, who were both laid off.  I thought it would be nice to share these stories.

One of my former co-workers is happily working in a local college, and is much happier.  The work culture of the college is more family like and friendly.

The second former co-worker is now a real estate agent.  This is something she always wanted to do, but kept putting it off.  As I said in my last post, our benefits were really good, and we both had decent salaries and bonuses.  The income working as a real estate agent depends entirely on whether or not the agent sells houses.

Finally, a few weeks ago, I ran into a former co-worker who was also laid off.  She had the best story, as she has just published a book.  She had always wanted to write novels, and shared with me the news of her new novel.  I just bought the novel, and can’t wait to have my copy signed at her next book signing.

Sometimes getting laid off leads to a new life.  In the movie, Lemonade, we learned about 16 professionals, who finally figured out what they wanted to do when they grew up, after being laid off.  Sometimes, we need to be pushed to find our passion.

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About Rachelle Lappinen

​Rachelle Lappinen is a Career and Academic Consultant and a Green Energy Ambassador. Currently, Rachelle serves as an education advocate for MassEdco working with high school students on college and career navigation. Rachelle also consults working with MIT on a research program, researching the effects of long-term unemployment on the middle class and developing best practices to help this population. Rachelle has worked at Mount Wachusett Community College, the YWCA and Becker College as a Career Development Counselor. Before becoming entering the field of workforce development, Rachelle spent over 10 years working as an insurance underwriter. Throughout her coaching and volunteer experiences, Rachelle has been noted for her determination and persistence to help those in need of career guidance. As a volunteer, Rachelle is actively involved with the non-profit organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of Leominster and Fitchburg and the Center for Women and Enterprises. Prior to entering the coaching world, Rachelle was a senior group insurance underwriter for Unum, and sales representative for Prudential Financial. She actively involved with the Career Counselors Consortium and is a member of the Career Resource Rachelle M. Lappinen, MBA, GCDF, CPRW
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