I've written about it before, about Employment Insurance, about preparing for the worst - but I've never actually experienced it.
Many of you know that things are pretty rough in Alberta right now, with continued uncertainty around the oil & gas industry combined with mining - many organizations are struggling. My employer is no different.
I've officially been let go. It's a pretty strange sort of feeling. I have known that things weren't great for a while now, but I had been hopeful that I would make it through. I did in the 2008/2009 recession, and I made it through a variety of restructures, but this time it just wasn't in the cards.
So, here I am, starting my maternity leave a few weeks early, trying to figure out what to do with myself until baby arrives sometime next month. I've been pretty busy my first week with setting in to our place in BC, and generally getting ready for baby - but I imagine as the days go by I'll start to get a bit bored.
We'll be alright financially, my employer has treated my really fairly and my maternity leave benefits won't be interrupted. I've got a decent severance package which will, when combined with my Mat Leave, will take me into early 2017 as it doesn't start until mat leave ends.
I'm hoping to get writing a bit more frequently again, though I'm not sure how interested folks are in reading about baby stuff, but we'll see how it goes.