In this day and age, most people will experience being made redundant at least once during their careers.

I haven’t been through the experience personally myself, but in the past fortnight a few of my friends and ex-colleagues have lost their jobs.

As I’ve thought about their situations and wondered if I could help, I’ve come up with three ways that people can respond to being made redundant.

You can take it personally – When someone experiences a trauma like redundancy, a natural reaction is to either get very angry or depressed about your situation.

You can think that your ex-employers have got it in for you or you can wonder what you’ve done wrong, but either way, to take it personally is not a resourceful way to respond to being made redundant.

In the current economic climate, thousands will be in your situation, but the people who act like victims will take the longest to get through the grief of losing their jobs and will be the least equipped to find new opportunities.

You can move on to another job – Some people who experience redundancy will bounce back quickly and find another, similar job without too much fuss.

It’s certainly a reasonable response and one that’s pragmatic and often seems necessary, but I can’t help feeling that being made redundant brings with it another, potentially even better choice.

You can follow your dream – I’ve heard it said that 80% of people don’t enjoy their job, so I would imagine that most people would just float from one job that they don’t enjoy to another.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Maybe being made redundant is an opportunity.

Perhaps this is your chance to do what you’ve always dreamed of.

This could be the moment that you pursue that dream job that you’ve put on the shelf for far too long.

No more excuses, no more easy options.

The time is now.

If you are made redundant, you have three possible responses:

  • Take it personally.
  • Move on to another job.
  • Follow your dream.

Choose your response wisely.

To all of my friends who have gone through this experience recently, this post is dedicated to you and comes with my prayer that you will have the courage to follow your dreams to a role that enables you to utilise your talents, work with amazing people, learn new skills, make a difference in the world, be well compensated and do it all with a smile on your face.

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