Losing your job: curse or opportunity?
Going back to school to "brush up" on my job skills or get new ones wouldn't be foremost in my mind if I lost my job. Taking a deep breath and using the opportunity to pursue a dream job or start my own business ... yeahhh, rrright. I think I'd go into OMG-I-can't-be-without-income mode fairly quickly and send out resumes to any job I looked even sorta qualifed for. I'm single, so I'm supporting myself.
Being without a job was very bad in the household I grew up in -- for financial reasons and, I think, some anti-laziness doctrine. The only upside to my mom being laid off -- in my opinion -- was having her home more.
This is why it makes me uneasy when people call for letting/making weak businesses go under. I know there are reasons to want this, but people will lose their jobs. And that's very bad for individuals.
Kris -- Motley Fool copyeditor (which is, of course, my dream job)