I find myself, at the age of 57, unemployed.
This is life in tech. If you are not upper management and you hit your mid to late 50s, you might as well be dead!
I won't get into the details, it's irrelevant at this point. It was legal, but certainly NOT fair. Replaced with someone 25 years younger, a friend of a friend of the CEO.
I am too young for retirement, although I could kinda sorta scrape by if I move into a studio apartment, or move out of the city (and away from my friends).
The possibility of getting hired, by someone else, this close to mandatory retirement age (67) will be difficult, but maybe not impossible.
I am eligible for unemployment 6 month, roughly 40% of my gross), and get severance pay that is taxed lower than income.
Emotionally, I am not ready to do anything else. Working through almost 2 years of COVID-19... took a lot out of me.
I do have a sort of a side business that pays me enough to cover 1 weeks rent, so that's not really something I can count on.
I am still in the office, it's my last few hours. Nothing left to do. The dept. head is home, in quarantine, having said goodbye via WhatsApp. The new guy is on his phone... watching vids.
Just still in shock, like almost it wasn't real. But it's really real.