Language Lover was laid off last week and is now a lady of leisure.
It wasn't a huge surprise, given the state of our nation's economy in general and the funding situation at my former company in specific. I'm going to miss my great coworkers, but on the whole I'm not particularly depressed or worried. This could be an opportunity for me to start pursuing a translation/interpretation career in earnest. However, I've still got two little kids and a husband who loves being a stay-at-home dad and teacher (and is really good at it), so the flexibility and financial security of another high-tech job is tempting.
I think I'm going to try to do volunteer work for a few months that combines my passions of racial justice, immigrant advocacy, and foreign languages. I'd like to get a better idea of the kinds of jobs out there and how realistic a career switch might be for me, while hubby and I go through our finances and long-term plans in detail to determine our options. Stay tuned.