I was hired by an IT company to build a web based application for client management and billing.

The project was going well and I was getting good feedback when out of no where I received an email form my boss saying

"We have decided to go a different direction, and no longer need you to code the application"

I was about 2 weeks from being finished and the beta testing was going well, the app was being used for 5 months before it was completely ready for production.

I emailed my boss back asking if I did anything wrong, and he assured me

"You have done great work here, so nothing is wrong with that, we have just decided to go in a different direction"

I was extremely puzzled when I received these emails because I thought everything was going fine.

There are only a few reasons why I believe I could have been fired.

  1. My boss wanted to hire me full time but I decided to work somewhere else and continue this project as a part time employee

  2. My boss decided my app was not good enough and hated it.

  3. My boss found better software he could just purchase, instead of paying me.

I found my boss to be very mysterious about this.

He gave me little to no detail about the entire ordeal.

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    Have you actually asked whether you've been fired or not? Or are you simply guessing? I'm extremely confused. You could e-mail him asking: "Glad to hear it's nothing I've done. What is it that you'd like me to work on now?"
    – AndreiROM
    May 12, 2016 at 15:26
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    Were you a contractor or an employee? What in these messages indicate that you were fired? Just because one project ends doesn't mean that there's not another project. May 12, 2016 at 15:29
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    So, what makes you think that you have been fired? Do they not have projects for you? Did they tell you not to show up to the office for your next shift? May 12, 2016 at 15:30
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    "You were hired". So you are an employee? You go to work tomorrow, and I mean you go to the company's offices, and ask them what work they have for you. Do not sit at home and do nothing. This is the the time to get off your chair and get moving and get what you can.
    – gnasher729
    May 12, 2016 at 18:54
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    Second point - you seem to be taking this far too personally. Projects get cancelled when management no longer think they are needed or profitable. Get over it - it isn't your fault.
    – Simon B
    May 12, 2016 at 21:44

4 Answers 4


First, you need to understand that many bosses are going to be cagey about reason for termination. There are real liability concerns that a company has when they let someone go. I can't speak for Denmark (which it appears to be where you're from) but in the US, they can almost always fire you for any reason or no reason but discussing that reason can raise questions of discrimination, mistreatment, etc.

  1. The simplest solution to verify one way or the other is to email your boss and ask him about using him as a recommendation and what would he say about you to potential employers when they contact him.
  2. You could ask him what direction the company went that made you no longer suitable.
  3. You can thank him for the opportunity you've had but then ask him for suggestions on how to improve and in what areas you need work. Also, ask if there are any technologies he could suggest picking up in the future. The latter might also give you an indication of what "direction" they're going.

These things should be enough to give you a hint of what happened, especially #3. Also, some people are just "too nice" and want to move on and don't want to get into a discussion about negative things. Doesn't make for great managers, but they exist. Bear that in mind as well.


First thing to do is find out if you still work for the company or whether you were a contractor. Best way to do this is email the boss and ask if there is another project for you or if they want you to do something else. The response will let you know whether they view you as an employee or a contractor.

If you are an employee, then you need to look into your contract and see what your options are.

If you are a contractor then you just found out why contractors usually charge much more than employees, you can usually be terminated at a whim.

But in either case don't wait around, ask and find out asap so that you can review your options and move forwards.

  • he said in the comments for his question that he was a full-time employee for 4 months then became part time.
    – Chris E
    May 12, 2016 at 15:49
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    @ChristopherEstep I read that, but does he have a contract or was that a verbal agreement, hence my advice to find out how the company views him. You'd be surprised how often the paperwork isn't done properly and things get messy with assumptions.
    – Kilisi
    May 12, 2016 at 15:52

I would immediately contact your boss and clarify the issue:

Hey boss,

I was sorry to hear about the project being cancelled. I thought maybe I could drop by the office some time soon and discuss what new projects you may have in mind for me.

How does that sound? Which day might work for you?

Regards, ...

See what he says and go from there. In the future I would clarify the status of your employment (contractor/part-time/full-time) before you do months of work for them.


Projects on IT being cancelled everytime. Some years ago I was very happy on a inovative project using Adobe Flex and other cool stuff. Customer were excited about our demos and every week I was delivering new functionalities and screens. Unfortunately, the customer didn't realized his budget and we failed into closing the scope. We had some big failure on the approach, I'm a tech guy not a salesperson and couldn't anticipate that. I was upset due the cancel, my boss even blame the technology I picked by no reasons. Don't worry it happens all the time.

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    – David K
    May 12, 2016 at 16:03
  • @DavidK I don't understand what the problema, I just cited my own experience.
    – lambdapool
    May 12, 2016 at 16:16
  • what is your nationality? I cant even pick up on this are you Italian or French or ....?
    – Bauer
    May 12, 2016 at 17:18
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    Your main issue across your posts is that you do not clearly answer the question being asked. Here you talk about your experience and say "don't worry it happens", but you don't actually give advice on what to the OP should do. In this post you agree that something is wrong but don't explain how to address the issue. Other times, because of poor grammar and phrasing, it is just unclear at all what you are trying to explain.
    – David K
    May 12, 2016 at 17:18

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