Recently Mattel had another round of layoffs. Mattel has many layoffs, it just feels unique when it happens to you. I was caught up in a massive layoff nearly 3 years ago, so I know first hand how it feels.
I have contacted a few of the recently laid off, just as those just before me had done when I was laid off. They seem OK at the moment which is good.
Everyone experiences and processes this event differently, so many factors are involved: how long you were at the company, your age, your kids ages if you have any. This sort of rambles, but for those who are interested, I am going to list some things that helped me:
1) Taking at least a month to process the event and get ready for the next step
2) I made sure my car was in good working order. I ended up freelancing all over town, so this was crucial!
3) Being social. I let my friends and colleagues know I was doing well and prepared to move on to other opportunities
4) I finished my masters thesis and had a solo art show. 55 of my best friends and wonderful people came!
5) Staying present and focused, this is a gift we need to give ourselves.
6) Fixing up the house. So many things get set aside while working the long hours and having the house in good shape makes it ready to sell and move to another great city or stay and enjoy.
7) Be thankful, yes very thankful for those who reach out to you. You will be amazed at the ones who are there for you. Focus on them, not those who do not. Start building your professional network.
8) Do the same for those who come after you, they will need your support too.
9) This happens to good, hard working, talented people all the time, you are in good company. Stay focused, directed and positive. A year from now you will be amazed at all you have accomplished!