So, for those who know me fannishly: I've been working for NYC's health department the past six years and change, in the IT Division but doing emergency management work. I managed a web site for doctors and other medical providers on urgent and emergent public health issues, did emergency planning and business continuity planning for our systems and application development, sent out alerts to medical providers at all hours of day and night and did a bunch of other emergency-related activities that touch on computer systems in one way or another. It was an odd-ball job - sort of half IT and half public health. It's a tough, tough time and I have certainly worried about losing my job, but my sense of job security - such as it was - came from the belief that they knew they needed somebody to do my job and knew that no one else would do it. It's too public health-y for IT people and too computer-y for public health people. It was perfect for me. I loved the work, enjoyed working with most of my colleagues, felt I was doing something worthwhile.
I lost my job today. No warning, no severance, no explanation other than "your services are no longer required." I'm reeling. I can't imagine how I'll find another job at my age and in this economy.