You could skip this first part of this article and go straight to the tips and resources below but please take the time to read this to see how things can work out in a real example.
My Redundancy Story (Or Stories)
Let me start this article with the fact that I was made redundant multiple times before the age of 40.
At the time, each one seemed almost apocalyptic to me as I worried about where my next salary was going to come from and fretted over the lack of jobs in the economy each time.
But in my experience, it can also lead to opportunities that I may not previously have considered.
I started my career in roles that I took, not because they were perfectly suited to what I’d studied, or had ambitions in, but for the simple fact that I needed the money and perceived scarcity of jobs in the market at the time.
Two redundancies later and I landed a good role in a decent-sized company doing that very thing; marketing.
I moved around and ever up in salary – yes even after other redundancies - in these positions until the fateful day I had to leave due to stress-related illness at age 40!
My wife was pregnant with our first child at the time and we had a sizeable mortgage payment to make every month.
Boy did my confidence and mental health take a hammering.
I thought I was finished.
Which looking back on it seems a bit dramatic now, but at the time seemed all too real.
This was just after the financial collapse and yet again I perceived roles in my specialty to be scarce in the areas I was experienced in.
The First Opportunity Came Knocking
I’d been applying for jobs like crazy for months and quickly losing the will with it when an ex-boss called to let me know he was now with another firm and wanted my help with some strategic marketing work but that he couldn’t employ me, I’d have to be self-employed.
I'd considered it but never had the guts to go for it until then.
It turned out to be nearly 3 months of almost full-time work at consultancy rates which really helped me out. And made me realise that what I knew how to do was still very much in demand.
And you know what?
I suddenly started to see my own value and cherry-pick whom I worked with doing the same type of work.
More and more people started seeking me out as a part-time marketing manager for their businesses as they couldn’t or wouldn’t employ a full-time marketing manager during the recession.
It turned into 7 fab years of picking the type of work I liked to do with people I chose to work with.
When I Saw The Second Opportunity
About 4 or 5 years into this self-employed role a former colleague, and also a client for my marketing business, introduced me to NLP.
I’d come across it before thanks to my interest general interest in psychology and motivation, plus my best friend was a huge proponent of it but until then I’d never really paid attention.
I was fortunate enough to get a great coach at this time and it helped me turn my world around.
I started seeing all the overlaps and possibilities in helping my clients; business owner-managers and entrepreneurs, with these fabulous tools and soon started on an orgy of learning about NLP and coaching that’s still going on to this day.
I’d discovered my passion!
More and more I sought out ways to help these people in business with these new skills I’d learned, and it soon became obvious to me and even my wife that this was what I was born to do.
I had several conversations with a fabulous coach who helped me decide to go full time with the coaching business I’d been running as a side-line until then.
I took the plunge and have never looked back.
Yes, sometimes the well dries up.
But that’s due to some other things I let get in the way, or that got in my way, like a severe bout of depression that lasted a few years.
But it remains my passion and purpose and something I may never have discovered if things hadn’t “gone wrong” in those earlier roles.
If I hadn’t discovered the confidence to go self-employed and then later to change career I might still be bending over backward to appease people who didn’t value my work and making myself thoroughly miserable in the effort of it all.
But I’m not.
I’m doing work I love with people I like to work with.
I’ve now helped numerous people make career and business decisions through my coaching that has led them to be more successful in their chosen roles and also to ultimately be happier.
Key Things To Do When You're Made Redundant (Plus Free Tools To Help You)
Get to know your value in what you do already
Doing this will help boost your confidence to apply for roles that come up – if you want to stay in those roles (or even if you decide to change).
Use the free Personal Fabness Audit in the FREE "Review" resource from my site to help you.
Really look at what you're good at, been employed to do, and what people seek your help with using this exercise
Take the time you have after redundancy to review your life and career and where it's going
Use my Dream Life Exercise free tool from the FREE resource pack to help you start to explore what you might actually want to do with your life from this point on.
Look at what you'd really want to do. You can worry about the how once you are clear on it.
You may never get another obvious chance once you are in employment again and back on the treadmill. It's amazing how many people have benefited from this one simple exercise to open up the possibilities fr their future.
Know what’s important to you
Learning about my personal values and what was important to me at different stages of my life made choosing options that suited me, and stressed out less, so much easier.
They are your guides when making big decisions and you'll soon see that living in alignment with them makes life much more enjoyable and a helluva lot less stressful.
You can use the Personal Values worksheet in your free pack to do this.
Don’t hang on to the past when it no longer suits you
Too many of us hang on to the past learning and career experience even when we are miserable doing it, fearing that we’ve left it too late to change. Me and Colonel Saunders of KFC are just two examples that it’s never too late to start over.
You may need a little encouragement or confidence boost to do this and it's amazing how many other doors this opens for you.
Look for transferable skills you can use elsewhere
Once you decide what you want to do with your life from this point on you can look at what you already know from your experience to use moving forward in whatever you do. You don’t have to throw all of the bathwater out with the baby.
Take a look at the results from your Personal Fabness Audit and My Dream Life exercise to see where there are cross-overs and also where you may need to upskill or re-train.
Talk to other people who have changed careers or made similar leaps and it won't seem so scary.
Get help to make those big decisions
Without the help of the coaches, I've worked with, and continue to use I may never have even considered the possibilities and opportunities that have come my way.
Invest in yourself and use the time off work wisely to make the right decisions.
Try a few coaches to ensure you get the right one for you. Most coaches, myself included, offer a free session to help you make this decision.