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WLKjr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:46 PM
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I just got fired
Edited on Wed Oct-19-05 02:48 PM by WLKjr
From the first Computer Tech job I ever had. I am just 5 weeks away from getting a A.A.S. in Information Technology majoring in Computer Network Systems.


Today as I was getting fired, not only was I insulted by being:


1.) Called a Liar for something that can't be proven.

2.) Family member being called a Liar for "" "" "".

3.) Informed that I do not have the skill to do my job and that I am not professional.



First tech job ever. Boss didn't have the guts to tell me in person, just ranted about me to his superior and she fires me.


It's been a helluva day. 5 weeks was all I had to go and I am going to be College educated, little experience (why I had this job, to gain it) and the tech market SHIT!!!!!!!!

I don't know what to do. I am 20 years old and just got my first new car and love to work with computers and set up networks.

I guess plan two is to go work for the RailRoad if I can't find something else I enjoy (RR being other thing I enjoy).
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Mizmoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:49 PM
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1. tech is not a shit market
the race goes not to the swift, but to those who can endure.

Hang in there, fella. It gets better, I swear.
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WLKjr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:52 PM
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3. Not if you live where I do in OH
No one wants what I went to school for. They want Borland prammers with 10 years experience MIN. and that part is almost the same for the rest of them.
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wildhorses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:51 PM
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2. I am sorry to hear this
that just SUCKS the big one.
:hug: I hope that you can turn it around and go on to bigger and better things. You are young and you have a lot going for you. Get that resume updated and GO FOR IT. I hope you get some money before your next car payment is due!!!
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Chicago Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:53 PM
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4. YOU HAVE THE SKILLS! DON'T GIVE UP!! you are young..
Your boss is AN ASSHOLE and TOTALLY UNPROFESSIONAL!


You now have experience. You can finish your classes! YOU WILL GET A BETTER JOB! You are in demand!


DON't GIVE UP! DON'T GET DRUNK! Work on the resume! Go see a good freind and have someone help you with your resume.


Bless you my freind. I have just prayed to my goddess for your swift employment in a job that is better!


Om Tutare Ture Soha!!!
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WLKjr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:56 PM
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5 weeks before I am done
working on a capstone project now. I just can't get over what a spinless Systems Admin I worked for.

According to one of my instructors who runs his own business and has been in networking for 15 years said he never placed any responsibility with his techs. He always blame himself for not giving better instructions on how to do something and said he always stood up for his techs when someone starts bitching at them.

I have also been advised to see a lawyer.
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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:57 PM
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9. You are going..
.... to run into idiots in the workplace as long as you are in the workplace.

Don't let it get to you. Grieve a couple days and move on.
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nickinSTL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:54 PM
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5. IT market does suck...but tech, you should do ok
Programming is the big problem.

People still need their networks set up and maintained, and their computers maintained, so as a tech, you might be ok.

My fiancee's been out of full-time work for 4 years - but she's a programmer...easy to cut inhouse programming when the economy goes to crap...or outsource it.
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Crazy Guggenheim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:55 PM
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6. Try to go into consulting. Put an ad in the paper.
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AirmensMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:56 PM
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7. Hey, don't give up!
My husband was fired a few years ago after he left work (he had worked 12 hours that day) to put hurricane panels up. We were already in a state of emergency. He stayed home for the hurricane and was fired when he went back to work. Best thing that ever happened to him! You never know ... this could be a blessing in disguise. Finish your education, whatever it takes, and don't give up! I'm sorry you had such a bad day. :hug:
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 02:56 PM
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8. Welcome to the club, I'm the president
I've been in the field for 8 years and was terminated 2 weeks ago after a day when I made a mistake, and after 3 months of major stress.

You know who you are and what you are capable of. Don't let someone else derail you from the career you have chosen.

Finish your degree. Keep working at improving your skills, and when the time is right, pick yourself up and get back on that horse again.

We all make mistakes, and have bad experiences. Believe me, there are some crazy managers out there.

Take care and don't let it get to you.
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WLKjr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:02 PM
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10. Same thing happend here
I was put into instant stress, not told I was messing up big time until the first 'counsleing statement' I got. I had a couple of accidents while transporting a printer and some laptops, both of which happend different days. Laptop part wasn't my fault. A car that was provided to me lost a wheel, tipped over and 4 thinkpads were damaged (mostly cosmetically) and a few days after that while taking a HP laserjet 4 to my car to take to a site, I tripped over something and fell face first into it in front of my car and scuffed my knee. I offered to replace that and it was refused.


There is supposedly a laundry list of things I have done wrong and didn't realize it, since I was never told while it was happening.

So they made up this bogus excuse that my brother hacked his computer and cleared the internet history (?!?!?!) and that it was done with my account, therefore I told him my password and or did it myself and that was grounds for termination. The little BS investigation turned up nothing and they went on a fishing expedition to find a reason to get rid of me.
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:34 PM
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12. No matter where you are in IT
the mistakes you make affect a lot of people. But people at all levels make mistakes. I did some work on a database without realizing people were using it and I messed up 2 days worth of work for 10-15 people. But my manager once took a database down for 6 hours that all 2500 people in the company were using. He still has a job and I don't.

Its good to take responsibility for the mistakes you've made, but the people you work with have to get over it too.

Employers can get rid of you if they don't like the way you part your hair these days.
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Scout Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:22 PM
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11. 1. Apply for unemployment
2. Consult a lawyer.

I was fired two years ago, and the first thing I did was apply for unemployment. I got it for 6 months, which I heard pissed the employer off--hah! fuck them! maybe they'll think twice and suspend or give other discipline to the next person instead of firing them for their first offense. Except for fulfilling the basic requirements to qualify to receive the unemployment, I sat on my butt for the 6 months and made them pay me for doing (almost) nothing.

Regardless of getting a lawyer and/or applying for unemployment, update your resume and get back out there after a day or two to regain your equilibrium. I wish I'd done that, now, in hindsight. If you're out of the workforce too long, then people start to get suspicious of THAT.

Good luck, keep your chin up, and never say bad things about the asshole employer that fired you. (Unless your lawyer tells you to do so in court.)
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:40 PM
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14. The EMPLOYER pays unemployment?
Here in Brazil, it's the federal government.
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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:02 PM
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16. it is here too
Edited on Wed Oct-19-05 04:03 PM by hfojvt
but the employer pays insurance premiums (edit - it is government provided insurance, so the premiums are taxes paid), and like any other insurance, the more people they fire or lay off, the more their premiums go up (or the rebate they get at the end of the year goes down, so it comes out of their pocket, in a way)
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Scout Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:33 PM
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18. yes, they pay unemployment taxes or some such in Michigan. n/t
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grateful581 Donating Member (760 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:35 PM
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13. I'm Sorry
It's a pain in the ass to find a new job. Good Luck!
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thefloyd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 03:50 PM
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15. Hey man you should
try putting in for unemployment. Never hurts.
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Nikia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 04:21 PM
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17. I am sorry about your job
Don't give up on the computer thing entirely. Perhaps your school or professors could help you a little bit in finding a lead.
I know the area that you from in Ohio as I am originally from there. Hardin county is not my county of origin, but let's just say that my school held regular season games/matches/meets with some schools in the county (not naming it due to anonymity concerns). I know that it has suffered a bit economically. I'm sure that you'll find something though.
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 05:44 PM
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19. That totally sucks.
sounds like you need a hug..... :hug:

Hang in there, friend. Remember: This, too, shall pass.....

You've got Youth on your side and many skills to offer. It'll all work out, have no Fear.

:hi:

Shine
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Fridays Child Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 05:54 PM
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20. Don't let the assholes define your experience.
Seriously, what they want you to think does not comport with reality. Your brush with their idiocy is over, so it's not a good idea to take their word for anything.

They can urinate skyward on some lengthy, twisted fibers.
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Metta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 06:27 PM
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21. Hard to see the divine wisdom in something like this.
I understand your anger, frustration and surprise. I've been through it, too. When I lost my last job, I took some time away from distractions to allow space and time for the insights to arise, particularly who played what part in having this come about. Holding the tension around that has the same results.

You're right in seeing that you now have opportunities available to you that weren't there before. Here's a pertinent quote I like: "Sweet are the uses of adversity, which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head. And this, our life, exempt from human haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones and good in everything." As You Like It, Wm. Shakespeare.
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