Redundancy can be one of the most stressful events in someone’s life. It is up there with going through a divorce or losing a loved one.
Some of you may have seen the various news articles earlier in the week which states 80,000 service sector jobs had moved overseas in the past 4 years and estimates show that up to 1 million could go in the next 3 decades.
This is a large number of Australians who have already lost their jobs or who could potentially lose their jobs in the coming years.
Redundancy has become quite common place. Whilst traditionally it was viewed quite negatively by society it no longer has those connotations. Here are 5 reasons of why redundancy may be your golden ticket.
Do you hate your job?
Research shows that three quarters of Australians are unhappy with their jobs. That equates to approximately 8.6 million people according to the ABS August figures of employed persons in Australia. So redundancy may just give you that push that you were afraid of.
Use it as a stepping stone
Most people are led to believe that they have to stay in a role for a certain period before they are allowed or will be considered for a promotion. Forcing you onto the job market can actually be our opportunity to take on a larger role with more responsibility and a higher pay packet.
Going through redundancy may just give you the opportunity to change careers. On average people change career 5 or 6 times but usually they are scared of starting again especially if they have financial responsibilities. Not only does redundancy give you the opportunity to re-evaluate your life and where you are at, it also gives you at least some financial support if you were to want to retrain and go for your passion.
Have you ever dreamed of living overseas? You may have always wanted to go live in the UK and work for a year or two. Consider making a change and taking the plunge to make your dream a reality. If your job was one of the main things keeping you strapped here this could be your opportunity to cross something off your bucket list.
Way to get ahead
Some people actually enjoy becoming redundant so much so that they are making a career out of it and in the process building up a nice nest pile of money. They jump from workplace to workplace in the hope of getting a payout. For these people they have turned the negative into a positive, almost lucrative business. In short the power for these people is really having a positive attitude towards it all.
There is no doubt redundancy is a hard thing to go through. I have been there. I have gone through all the emotions of depression, stress and anger (to be honest I am still somewhat angry) but I have tried to focus on the positives. I have gone back to university to retrain into another field-something I probably would not have done if redundancy did not come around. I would have stayed in a job I hate, miserable about going to work each day and depressed about the fact that I was wasting away unchallenged. Use it to your advantage-it may be the best thing that has ever happened to you!