Post # 1
I was made redundant without warning on Friday and I’m now on Day 4 at home. I’ve applied for three jobs, tried out some new recipes, gone to the gym etc, but today I’ve woken up and I feel lost. I’ve always been busy – either a student or working – but it feels weird to be suddenly unemployed. The only other time I’ve been unemployed is at the end of studying, when it’s kind of expected. But now I feel like I’m in the middle of life, planning a wedding, and suddenly BAM no job.
How have you bees coped with sudden job loss, and do you have any advice on things to keep me busy/positive? I’m in a very competitive industry (graphic design), so although I’m hopeful I’m also realistic that it may take some time to find a new position. It took me 5-6 months to find my last job, but as I was on a Masters programme at the time, it didn’t feel so scary!
Post # 3
So sorry to hear that! My dad is a graphic artist so I know it can be tough but I also know there are jobs out there! Hang in there! I would suggest you take a few days and really, truly relax! Stop worrying about the fact that you’re not busy right now! You said yourself that you have always been busy with school or work! All I’m hearing you saying now is that you finally have a few days to breathe!!! I know that’s hard because you get so used to being busy but try it! Take a deep breath, take a bath, go to the gym, take some time to volunteer, work on knocking out some of the more time intensive bits of wedding planning! And when youre done, pull yourself together, get out there and kick some butt finding another job! You can do this girl!!!
Post # 4
So sorry to hear that! I was unemployed for a long time before I went back to work in August. It felt weird to be without a job for so long. I began volunteering at my church. I never thought I could do what I do there before I became unemployed. I started organizing things, and joined committees and really had a voice. I love it! I do like to be busy myself, so this was good. Is there something you enjoy that you can get involved in? Animals, children, elderly, environmental? Or, take a class for an activity? I hope for the best for you.
Post # 5
Thanks for your kind words. I guess it is nice to have some time to myself. It’s funny, when I was at work all I wanted to do was surf the internet and do wedding planning. But now I’ve got all this time, it’s lost its appeal! I guess procrastination makes things fun 😉 We’ve put our wedding planning on hold until I get a new job, as we’ll need to be in a secure financial position. Luckily it’s not until next summer so we should be in a good position before then!! (right??!?!!)
I like your suggestions of volunteering. I live in London so there’s plenty to do. My FI suggested I visit all the museums and art galleries (they’re free), and I’ve joined a local book club. I’ll have a look for volunteering opportunities and keep you updated 🙂
Post # 6
@DarlingClementine: I’m so sorry! I know how frustrating it can be, especially if you’re not used to just being at home. First and foremost–do not give up hope! Even if you get rejections, know that there will be a new job out there for you. Second, fill your days–which it sounds like you’ll be doing. Don’t feel bad about splurging a little on yourself if you’re feeling down, too, like a manicure or lunch out.
I’m sure you will find a new job soon especially in your field! Apply for everything in your field, even if you don’t think you’re qualified because you never know. Hugs and best of luck! 🙂
Post # 7
I was made redundant twice in quick succession in but then set up my own business. I’m doing very well and have never looked back.