Charting a New Beginning After Job Loss

Jakob Ryce
The Startup
Published in
6 min readMar 2, 2024

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“They love your ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ angle,” my supervisor texted with a grinning emoji. “On the eighth day of Christmas…there was no partridge in a pear tree, but there was a Kia Sorento.” LOL. Another home run! It seemed my idea to weave car models into the carol was just the latest success. It was witty, a touch cheesy, and apparently struck the perfect balance of fun and informative for the client.

Things were finally falling into place. But three months later, the rug was pulled out from under me — I was laid off with no rhyme or reason. Now I was adrift in a heartless job market, with each rejection email a fresh blow.

We all hope for the best, we plan for a secure future… but then sometimes life blindsides us. Such a sudden dismissal can be devastating, leaving us feeling powerless. But what if, amidst the chaos, there’s an opportunity hidden in plain sight?

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Jakob Ryce
The Startup

Writer and wayfarer of a digital age. I write articles concerning writing, self, society and well-being. @JakobRyce | www.jakobryce.com | jakobryce@gmail.com