At 23 years old on Tuesday 2nd January 2018 I never in my wildest nightmares envisioned I would be kicking off the new year facing Redundancy. But this was my reality and I somehow had to process all that was going on.
It’s safe to say that for the last couple of months I haven’t exactly been fully engaged with my previous employer due to a drastic change of focus, structure, guidance and targets which left me feeling extremely deflated at the end of every day. That being said redundancy was on the cards and I needed to think about my options, having gone straight from school to university into employment I’ve never actually sat down and really mapped out where I see myself five years from now and my current situation has given me the opportunity to do just that.
So, where to begin?
My first point of call was a major update to my CV as over the past two and a half years I have grown my experience massively being responsible for recruitment, business development, social media, operational functions, contract management and all starting from a simple administrative role. However, this was not an easy task as breaking down the past 2 years into 3/4 paragraphs was quite challenging. I found a great sense of achievement in getting my cv up to date and straight onto the job sites, eagerly waiting for the right job adverts to catch my eye.
I must admit I was extremely lucky to have come across a handful of job adverts which took my fancy and 3 interviews later I had managed to bag myself a new job just 3 and a half weeks after redundancy. Now I know this isn’t the typical experience or process often people are unemployed for long period of time, but I felt very fortunate to have leaped straight into a role I knew I could make my own.
However in doing so it gave me the opportunity to take a very close look at where I wanted to be right now but also what that journey meant to where I would end up. Having gone from an employer who was extremely narrow minded in career progression and expectations of real world working environments progressing into a well established company with bucket loads of potential made me very excited to sink my teeth into the role.
The one thing that I learnt and ultimately realised is that, in order to go through a bad experience and come out the other side a stronger person is much more than pushing on day by day and hoping eventually the bad will turn to good. It’s about processing these experiences, understanding why and how it happened, accepting that there are some things that are just out of your control and often it doesn’t matter how hard you try some people just always want more. But this also taught me a valuable lesson in strengthening my own confidence and believing in my abilities to succeed. Life is an interesting journey and you never know where it will take you, but by having the faith that wherever you go is destined to mould you into the person your meant to be is a lot more rewarding that fighting against change or dwelling on being dealt a bad hand.
Remember: Where you are is just as important as where you are not.