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Making a career transition

Going through a major workplace restructure or redundancy is never easy. Both organisations and individuals are seeing major changes in the way workforces evolve.

We are seeing less of the traditional approach where a person is hired at the age of 18 and spends their entire career working for one organisation however, there are still workplaces out there with employees who have spent up to 20, 30 or even 40+ years in the one company.

Our environment is ever changing and therefore so are the needs of business. Required skill sets are constantly undergoing transformation. Work is being outsourced to save on wages and the competition in the employment market has reached unprecedented levels. As a result of such factors, we are seeing an increasing amount of workplace restructures throughout Australia.


Using an organisational restructure to grow

In this article, we’d like to take a closer look at the emotions you may experience if you are impacted by a restructure. Let’s focus on how this experience can help you develop not only professionally, but also on a personal level.

What’s the longest you have worked for an organisation? 5? 10? 20+ years?

When working for an organisation for that long, their practices, culture, and even the people can become deeply ingrained in you. It’s as if it has become a part of your DNA.


Your job is part of your identity

To suddenly have this ripped out from underneath you can be very traumatic. Work is not just somewhere you spend 8 hours of your day to receive a salary; it forms part of your identity.

One of the first questions you may be asked when you meet someone new is “What do you do?”

Certain traits and personalities are drawn to certain occupations so by finding out what a person does for a living, you can get some idea as to what an individual’s personality type may be.

A sudden loss of part of your identity can even prompt you to ask yourself questions such as “Who am I?” and “What’s my purpose?”

When you initially hear news as life changing as a redundancy notice, what are some of the emotions you may experience? Denial? Shock? Anger? Stress? Frustration? All of which are normal and you may continue to experience these emotions whilst grieving the loss of a role.

As clichéd as it sounds, time will help with the healing process, but what else can you do to effectively manage these emotions in the meantime?


Redundancy can be an incredible opportunity

Rocky seashore leading to sunlit archwayGoing through an ordeal such as this can be incredibly overwhelming, so bear in mind that you have gone through challenging situations throughout your life before and yet you’re still here.

By overcoming these challenges, you will have learned an enormous amount of lessons which contribute to building a stronger character. Your experience with this transition will give you the strength and wisdom to overcome the next hurdle.

Being made redundant can be an incredible opportunity to expand your horizons and look for a new challenge. This is an opportunity to find an occupation or industry that you are truly passionate about

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