Losing your job and finding yourself with no regular, stable and secure income can come as a shock and leave you feeling uncertain, worried and stressed.
However, it can also be the making of you. While you may descend into the pit of your couch, pondering what went wrong and trying to figure out a way to get back into the world of work straight away, you should take a step back and consider all of your options.
Why Did You Lose Your Job?
If you had turned up late for the umpteenth time or you had been caught doing something untoward in the workplace, then you can expect to be given your marching orders.
However, if the company you worked for was hit by financial difficulties, they may not have wanted to let you go, but they had no choice.
It’s vital that you have your severance package checked over by employment lawyers to ensure you are receiving the best package to allow you to leave your workplace with a bit of a financial cushion. This gives you a little bit more freedom and the time required to weigh up all of your options.
Going It Alone
Losing your career prospects may be just the push you need to go it alone. You may have had a business idea for the past few years taking shape in your brain, but you’ve never had the courage to go for it.
While the decision may have been taken out of your hands, there may never be a better time to launch your own startup.
You’ve earned your stripes in your current role, have a book full of contacts and know your way around a business plan. Why not take the plunge and embark on a journey into self-employment.
You may want to take a break from the world of work altogether for a little while. Use this time to travel and head to the destinations you’ve always wanted to visit but have never had the chance to.
You never again have to put off your three-week safari in the Masai Mara of Kenya because you have an important contract to secure.
You could take a trek through the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, take a road trip through the outback of Australia or simply relax in the blissful paradise of the Maldives.
Wherever it is that you want to see and whatever it is that you want to do, now may be the best time.
You may want to give something back to your local community or venture off on a volunteering vacation.
Volunteering your skills, time or expertize is good for the soul and will help you put your own situation in perspective as you help those less fortunate than yourself. Although not a long-term endeavor, volunteering can help clear your head and work out what it is you want to do in the future.
Losing your job is a blow. However, once the dust settles, you may find that it is the best thing that has ever happened to you.
Did you lose your job? Why was it a good thing for you? I would love to hear your thoughts on this in the comments below.