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Part II: The Proactive Mentee > CASE STUDY: TURNING ADVERSITY INTO OPPORTUNITY

Chapter 23. CASE STUDY: TURNING ADVERSITY INTO OPPORTUNITY

At 47, James was a Senior Design Engineer at a major defense contracting firm. He had worked there since shortly after graduating from college in his early 20s. Last Friday James was caught in the company’s third wave of downsizing during the last six years.

The company offered those who were laid off a generous severance package. In these things, James came out fairly well, but he enjoys design work and had intended to keep working as long as possible. A week after the downsizing, James sat down to outline a personal “rest-of-my-life” plan.


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