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Re-Establishing Course

By Carl Rentschler and Goutam Shahani |

Changing employment situations can leave affected employees trying to redefine their career paths. The positive experiences shared by these authors can provide some options and strategies  The corporate world can be challenging because business fluctuates with time, and employment reductions must sometimes be made to get the business back on track. This leaves the affected employees in a difficult spot as they try to re-establish themselves and maintain a desired career path. This situation is doubly troubling for mature professionals (>30 years of experience) who face the added stigma of being viewed as past prime. During such challenging times, it is difficult to remember that bad things sometimes happen to good people, and “lemons can be turned into lemonade.” The mature authors of this paper simultaneously faced the lost-job situation, but the outcomes were substantially different and both were positive. This article describes their experiences, which can serve as options for mature workers facing this traumatic situation and re-establishing course.   Downsizing The oil-and-gas sector in the chemical process industries (CPI) has made headlines in the economic pages of the news lately. The prices of crude oil and natural…
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