Being laid off is difficult to deal with, especially when you have little or no time to prepare for what you’ll do after your job ends. When I was laid off a few years ago, a friend gave me some excellent advice that helped me move on and stay positive.
“There is a silver lining in every cloud.”
I know – you are saying to yourself that this saying doesn’t apply to your situation, but as time goes on, you’ll realize that it can. As tough as it may be, being laid off opens doors that you may not have opened otherwise. You now have the perfect opportunity to change careers or industries, take time to volunteer, or go back to school.
Not having a job gives you a lot of free time that you didn’t have before, so use it. Do some research to see what alternative careers interest you and what education you may need to make that transition. Find something that fits your work style so that you’ll stay content in your future career.
Maybe you’ve reached the point in your life where you’re ready to pursue your hobby as a career. Perhaps you’ve always enjoyed helping your organization make internal improvements and you’d like to become a consultant; maybe you need to earn a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Or is your interest piqued with the sustainability movement and being green? You may want to earn a master’s degree in Integrated Resource Management.
The point is to find what you will be passionate about and take advantage of your extra time to really hone in on what’s important to you and what your next step will be.
This opportunity is what you make of it, so find the silver lining for your situation and take advantage of it.
Does anyone have an instance where they’ve been laid off and made the best of it? Share your story with us – leave a comment!