From Redundancy To A New Career

by Angela

A year ago I read your webpage and subscribed to your newsletter when the option of voluntary redundancy came up at work.

Until then I hadn't considered leaving my "safe, secure well paid job" in Forensic Identification. However reading through some of your articles and questions, enabled me to decide to opt for voluntary redundancy. I also bought the book 'How To Find A Job You'll Love'.

I finished work at the end of October - not having a job to go to but I was feeling very positive about the future and making plans to get the right job. I initially volunteered for a Carer's Centre which I enjoyed and helped me to decided I would like to be more people based and work for a charity/social services etc.

I got a part time job with a national charity and started in February 2012, whilst continuing volunteering. In June I got another job within the same charity which is more like full time hours. I am a Dementia Support Worker, running groups, liaising with people at home and other services/partners. I love the variety of my week and I get so much pleasure from the job I am doing. I am glad I made the change and took the advice of trying things out and believing that in 12 months the change would work out.

Thanks for the newsletters and giving me the incentive to 'go for it'.

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Oct 19, 2012
Redundancy As An Opportunity
by: Cherry

Being laid off or made redundant can be such a challenge and yet you have shown us Angela, how it can be turned into a real opportunity.

It is a chance to rethink your career and to decide if there may be other jobs that would be a better fit. And for you it has clearly worked out well.

Congratulations on making the most of your 'redundancy opportunity'!

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