THE ECONOMY AND WORK IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
I felt completely numb. [Even as I cleared out my desk at the investment bank where I worked for 15 years, I] still believed it was happening to someone else. You stick your head in the sand and build imaginary cases in your head about why your
colleague should go and not you …. You don’t realize until it’s over, that your job has become your purpose in life. -“Ben Waring: an investment banker, describing how a lost job meant a lost identity to him (qtd. in Jacobs, 2009) After working for a company for more than 22 years, I was [laid] off a few weeks ago. I have a husband who lives in a nursing home for almost 2 years now, so I was just living on my income …. Now I am out of a job and trying to make ends meet on unemployment. Of course, to find a job, I will have to take a major cut.