Speaking of opportunities for hired minds this year, I'm currently looking into those right now, as I found out a little over a week ago that my current gig will be over at the end of the month. My understanding is that this is fairly widespread in the company where I'm on assignment now, as they are discontinuing the long-term use of contractors and consultants in order to save money (which makes sense, since they are expensive to use for long-term roles and it's more cost-effective to just hire these people outright -- but that's a post for another day). I would imagine they will still use them for short-term needs, however. So, I have a couple of weeks left until possible unemployment.
The good news, though, is that my team is also adding a full-time position for which I am extremely qualified (since it has about 95% overlap with my current responsibilities). I've applied for it and I think it is very likely I will get an interview, particularly since I was strongly encouraged to pursue it. There will be competition, obviously, but I am ready for it. Of course, I'm looking into other opportunities as well -- to borrow a phrase from my wife, you never want to put all of your eggs in one basket, no matter how nice the basket. I will keep you all posted!