Episode 147: Forced Out (re-boot)

Don’t stay in a toxic situation. Don’t let a boss bully you. Stand up for yourself.
— Marion Kane
The boss called me in and she said, ‘I’m sorry to tell you we’re not renewing your contract. We think you’re too big a personality to work here.’
— Heather McGregor

Most of us have a bad breakup with work at some point. You don't have to be fired for things to end on a sour note. Maybe you were bullied, you couldn't get on with a manager, or the job they advertised was completely different from the one you ended up doing. But however the end comes, leaving a job under duress is one of the hardest experiences to go through.

In this show we meet two women who know this first hand.  Marion Kane was a longtime food writer at some of Canada's top newspapers. She loved her work - but not her editor. She chose to leave, but still fantasizes about giving that boss a piece of her mind.

Heather McGregor, now executive dean of the Edinburgh Business School, for years wrote extensively about women’s careers in the Financial Times and elsewhere. She's been fired a few times and has plenty to say about that, and about how to to pick yourself up and move on after the most painful of job losses.

You can also read a transcript of the show.

Further reading:

Marion Kane's podcast is called Sittin' in the Kitchen. She’s @MKaneFoodSleuth on Twitter and Facebook.

Heather McGregor is the author of Mrs. Moneypenny's Career Advice for Ambitious Women and Mrs. Moneypenny's Financial Advice for Independent Women.