These are all really insightful observations. Having talked to a lot of people and with my own job experience, I know that a lot of times layoffs happen when a job has gotten stale and it’s a matter of being pushed out of the nest. Especially when it’s happening to people early in their careers, it has the potential to be a valuable lesson learned, maybe because it was their first job and it was hard for them to find the motivation to leave.
Sometimes, though, it takes a while to find the next job to move on to, so even if you’re looking to leave before getting the boot, the timing doesn’t always work out in your favor. For a lot of people who work hard in entry-level jobs, especially in popular industries that don’t pay well, it can also be really hard to get to be financially stable enough to manage unemployment without help. And no matter what, it always stings to not be able to go out on your own terms. I think the biggest thing is to just always be thinking of the next step, both in looking for new opportunities and building an emergency (fuck-off, if you will) fund.