Contracting: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
While looking for permanent work several years ago, I was constantly approached by recruiters looking to fill contractor positions. That was not an option I even cared to explore. My mind was closed to any potential opportunities as a contractor.
This mindset came from working full time at a company for 17 years. It was immature, naive and stupid to think that full time permanent work was the most desired and beneficial type of employment there is. Boy, was I wrong. Instead, the chain of events would propel me forward. I began to acquire skills, knowledge, experience and most importantly the confidence to “level up”. This would have never happened if I stayed in my stagnant work environment with bitter colleagues and corrupt management. It was no longer the place I knew for so many years.
It changed, slowly over the years until I found out I was being laid off. It wasn’t a shock though, because I was in the center of a scandal, that I was powerless to fixing no matter how hard I tried. I knew I was being treated wrong, unfairly and essentially discriminated. But even after consulting with an attorney, in the end, I had no leg to stand on. “You are employed at will, you have no rights, you can be terminated at any point”.