Axed! 9 Real-Life Lessons Learned From Being Fired

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Samontha Joseph found herself fired three times in her career.  First was in New York City following 9/11. She was “released” from her job as an educational evaluator in 2006 because of downsizing.

“What I learned from being ‘let go’ was that money doesn’t always mean happiness and work isn’t everything,” says Joseph. “I worked there for three years. The pay was great, we got a $1,000 to $2,000 bonus every year but my boss figured since he was paying us so much he could control  our lives. Taking time off was a problem, calling in sick was a problem, and if you didn’t stay late you weren’t committed.”

She later worked at an IT company as a database researcher, another good job with good perks and benefits. But she was again downsized, this time due to the pending economic crisis.

“What I learned from there was you can’t trust anyone. Peers and managers whom I thought were friends and part of a team failed to communicate and manage their portion of the doomed project,” she says. “Once again I learned that it’s not about the money.”

Her last “work release” occurred while at a nonprofit organization where she was a college counselor. “I was released because of politics and favoritism,” she now says. “My new site supervisor… had someone else in mind for my role and once my original supervisor resigned she found it fitting to fire me…What I learned from working there was that I’m not good at office politics and I hate it.”

Today, Joseph works as mental health counselor at a nonprofit.

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