For Space Tweeps teetering on job loss and scrambling to find new opportunities while preserving their valuable space technology experience, I can only offer my deepest condolences and support. I hope your voices are being heard, locally and nationally, and I hope that they are making a loud noise in the right ears.
Somehow our space society must survive and prevail if we hope to continue to move our nation both forward and upward. It is easy in these really depressing times to just get totally frustrated and chuck it all; leaving your space careers behind. Please don’t if at all possible. This is not an easy request and may seem insensitive, but believe me I have walked in your shoes and I know the sadness and despair. I repeat, don’t give up. In fact, get aggressive about yourself and your skills. Don’t let doubt and despair cripple your efforts to move forward even in these times. You are invaluable and all of your experience is priceless and essential to all those who seek to continue our efforts to move the space sciences and technology forward.
Yes, I know the politicians keep mouthing faint promises, but keep in mind this is a mid-term election year, and so politicians have at least partially opened their minds and their ears. Knock on a door, tell you story, demand that space not be deserted. It can make a difference first for you, and secondly for the entire space program.
Bottom line: Keep The Faith. From the days of Mercury to now, there are endless men and women who have kept that faith and helped move us forward. They are looking to each of us to carry on. We must not fail.