I felt like a baby that has had his/her bottle taken away too early. It’s quite frustrating and is a clear representation of my continued emotional attachment to my former employer. And this is probably similar to what babies experience before they even have language. As I think further about it, this may be how my cat feels when her dinner plate is taken away to soon. Well, back to humanity. What do I do about it?
The study investigates “…three variables related to work-role attachment: 1) job involvement; 2) organizational commitment; and 3) career commitment. I think organizational commitment is a key factor for me. First there is my growing commitment to TALK-- (Third Age Learning at Kwantlen). I find myself producing potential workshops and seminars to present in TALK's “courses.”
I think that my clinging to my Kwantlen Email address is an even bigger sample of my remaining attachment. I have two other email addresses firstname.lastname@example.org and Gmail email@example.com . Up to the present I have infrequently used them. Now that I have lost the kwantlen email address I will need to use these other addresses. One of the problems is my Kwantlen address was taken away without any warning and I therefore have lost connection with a number of important people in my life.
In the languge of the research article my preference for the kwantlen email is an example of my continued work-role attachment. The researchers say “…those who identify with and are committed to their profession would view retirement as a loss of important role membership.” Yesterday, when I first was unable to access my kwantlen email address. I became VERY frustrated and looking at it now I can see how attached I was (am?)
So finally I shall continue to examine this a process of human development, which has been the focus of my career development (Whoops!!!) I hope this blog post will be useful to you.