CareerSherpas: Climbing the Mountain

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A Labor Day’s Sojourn from Labor

Peter Fitzgerald is chronicling his process of navigating from losing his job to a new and brighter tomorrow. To read other posts from the series, see “Job Transition: A CareerSherpas’ Odyssey”.

Labor Day, like many public holidays, has largely lost its original meaning and been relegated to the bucket of free days off for many people. I know that often it has been for me. At the same time, this is the second Labor Day in my career that I’ve been contemplating the meaning of the long weekend knowing that I do not have a job to go back to on Tuesday.

For me, Labor Day is a hopeful holiday as a member of the unemployed. In 2002, after nine months of unemployment, I had felt beaten, lost and done for. But that was not true by Labor Day.

On my last unemployed Labor Day, my wife and I were in the process of packing up the few remaining belongings we hadn’t sold and getting ready to drive some 2,500 miles across the USA. It was a journey of faith and hope, moving to a place we didn’t know anyone but believed was the right place for us to be. That faith was rewarded when we arrived in the Twin Cities with both of us finding jobs within days of our arrival.

As I sit pondering my current situation, I find the same hope and faith burning within me. There is a better tomorrow waiting! I know no matter what the challenges that appear to test my belief, this is a new beginning. For those of you who are also struggling right now, take heart! Use today to reinvigorate your search and consider the paths you haven’t sought after. We are not lost. We are not done for.

Today is the end of my first week and I look forward to the new chapter that lies ahead.

Peter Fitzgerald is the founder of and is currently working on his first book, looking for a new day job, connecting individuals with ideas and opportunities, and attempting to learn the bagpipes.

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