She never expected it would happen to her.
After almost two years at one of the Big Four accounting firms, Renee found herself on the receiving end of a pink slip.
Losing your job was hardly unique in April 2009, and Renee wasn't the first of her friends to be out of a job since the recession started. All of the Big Four firms—which include PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst and Young, Deloitte, and KPMG—were instituting massive layoffs to keep afloat in the poor economy.
But for Renee, the pink slip was more than just a notice of dismissal—it was the end of real job security. “I went into accounting thinking it was going to be ...