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When the dreaded downsizing hits, dont view it as the end of the world. People think, Oh my God, its such a disaster if I get downsized or I lose my job, Koch notes.
However, Its happened to everyone. And you cant be embarrassed about it and think youre some kind of pariah. Everybodys been through it, and everybody appreciates help.
The sooner you start working the phone, the better. Thats especially true in IT, she says. Weve all helped one another and we like to help one another.
As you look around at your job options, dont limit yourself to traditional IT firms. Instead, be flexible in considering new directions.
I think a lot of older IT workers think, If I want to work in IT, I have to work in an IT company. But we all know its ubiquitous. Its in every single industry, every single business, large, small, in between. So finding another job in IT might mean going into banking, healthcare, entertainment, advertising, or any number of other industries.
And whatever you do, dont forget those job openings in government. Over the next several years, many government agencies will see waves of retiring workers all of whom will need replacing. While government pay levels arent top dollar, the pension and healthcare packages are outstanding.
State, local and federal governments are just going to be huge opportunities in IT, Koch says. Theyll need workers up the wazoo.