In pre-digital times, journalists, especially those getting older and having families, could arrange plum jobs for themselves as public relations representatives at agencies or in corporations. In covering stories they got to know the game and the players and became valuable commodities. Often offers were made to them rather than their chasing after The Next.
Now, journalists and editors are being tossed on the street, with little warning, and with a glut ballooning. They should beware of radical career changes. Email and ads on the subway are full of messages of how easy it is to become a nurse or substance abuse counselor. The reality is that career change is a painful experiment which doesn't always pan out.
When executive communications went into the dumper at the turn of the century I tried a lot of things, ranging from providing content for social media to part-time sales. The parts of those ventures which went okay paid peanuts. Also, every day was filled with angst. As the career-transition folks hammer, yes, I left my comfort zone but outside it I remained unsure of myself.
Had I to do it over again I would have remained as much in my comfort zone as possible and embraced the reality that I wasn't as easy to remold as the ads for career change claim. Executive communications as a field is back. There are more assignments than I can handle. And because I am again confident, I can shrug off clients who are unhappy.
I wish those laid off less pain than I had in their struggle to make a good living, again.