through no real fault of my own
While I'm sure there are some that exist, I've never seen a company deny someone the opportunity to cross train. If others were cross trained, you likely could have taken the initiative to get yourself cross trained as well.
Cross training would have been two weeks in another state. They said no when I asked about it.
Edit: Hubby was a PhD student in the middle of his dissertation at the time. Not exactly conducive to working as anything more than what he was doing already, being a research assistant. As it was, he wasn't taking out any student loans because he's insane like that, and so he lived like a pauper and actually managed to have enough money for a down payment on a house saved up after he was done. If he was in charge of the US budget, the dept of education and dept of defense budgets would probably be swapped, though.
As for "more than a couple days between jobs" we're not talking about flipping burgers here or hawking clothes at Belks. Any old job is not the same as the career oriented, full time with salary position I had before, and which I finally landed again five months later. Edited, Sep 28th 2012 7:37am by catwho