Much of life is timing. People with my degree tended to walk into back office jobs in Wall Street. Unfortunately, right before I graduated a major crash in the market eliminated those jobs. Thus my career path took me to several jobs before a long stint in the fashion industry.
The crash was a temporary thing but time had closed the door in my face. A few years later the doors reopened but central casting wanted fresh graduates. I always wondered what my career would have been like with better timing. I looked at a few of my HS classmates who did well by signing on right after high school and worked their way up.I looked at college friends who graduated two years before and after me wondering where my skills and ability would have taken me.
Wall Street is a local industry in these parts. It is very hard to see good people lose their jobs. Many of them thought the good times would never end and had lifestyles that never accounted for this. I took a friend who has seen his hopes and dreams go up in smoke to lunch. The reality that some of these jobs may never return
has not hit my friend. I hope his marriage survives this but strains are natural.
I have been through the same thing as my friend. I worked hard for several companies
that closed. It is a hard thing to see as the company and coworkers become like family. I am starting to wonder if my current career is a divine blessing as I just am not equipped to handle what my friends are going through.