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Pauline Lerner

June 9, 2005 at 10:45 PM

I was laid off from my job yesterday. The skills I have and the skills they need are not the same. I don’t know why this wasn’t resolved before they hired me. I’ve done a lot of scientific and medical writing and editing, but not copyediting. The Boss was very nice about it. I asked her whether there were any problems with my work style (I work hard and fast) or my relationships with the staff, and she said “No” convincingly. It was not a bad job. The work was boring, but the people were nice, and the commute was great – I walked there from home. Since I didn’t have enough to do to keep me busy, I played around on the Internet quite a bit. The office computers were on broadband, unlike my computer at home, so I listened to the semi-finalists and finalists at the QE competition. I couldn’t use, though, because they didn’t have Quicktime and I couldn’t download it. When I get some money, I’ll have to get broadband.

I’m not devastated about losing the job. I don’t take it personally. It’s still a bummer, though. I’m looking for another job, and I’m also looking into freelance science writing possibilities. I got my first freelance job. It’s very small and pays very little but it will help build up my resume. If I could teach violin and freelance as a science writer and make enough money to live on and get health insurance, I’d be happy.

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