I am 26 and have been made redundant twice in less five years.
It doesn’t matter what stage you’re at in your life, redundancy is hard – in your first role in your 20s, settling into your career properly in your 30s or been working for the same company and in your 40s/50s; that ish is hard. To suddenly have your steady income taken away, your routine interrupted and be on the hunt for a new job not only causes stress and anxiety, but it can have an impact on your confidence.
The first time it took a while to sink in – I was upset, hurt and then angry – after two weeks, I had eventually calmed down enough to realise this was a good thing for me. Despite being unhappy in my role, I had become complacent when it came to job-hunting and pretty much put it off altogether. By the time I had eventually left, I was feeling relief about not having to face another day in that role, but I was sad about leaving the people I worked with.
Now I’m processing the fact that this week I’ve been told I’m being made redundant, after being furloughed for the past two months, again it’s due to revenue and client cutbacks.
Redundancy is a shitty situation, which is unavoidable, and that’s what makes it worse.
Now, I’m adamant about changing my mindset; the first six months of 2020 has already taken enough energy, but I still feel like I’m stuck in the balance. I’m healthy, managing and coping but not entirely sure what happens next. There are thousands of people going through this right now – coronavirus has hit people everywhere it could possibly hurt – losing loved ones, creating financial insecurities and, of course, causing unemployment at a rate I have never seen in my lifetime. Though I’ve been forced to manage my finances (goodbye spontaneous shopping and Klarna, hello budget spreadsheet!) and upskilled with online webinars and courses there are days I’m done nothing but watch Netflix.
I’ve worked bloody hard to learn shit about my industry, I’ve had countless sleepless nights and dealt with some pretty difficult and belligerent people and I’m not about to let that go to waste. I’m not done yet.
I’m in no means “ok” with this, but now I’ve got some breathing room to re-evaluate and a new set of skills to play with and bring to the table. What this all means for my career going forward or my bank balance for that matter makes me anxious, but this is probably a little kick that maybe I needed.