How happy are you with your commute to work? The Office for National Statistics reportedly says that 30 minute plus commuter journeys make people unhappy and anxious, especially if they travel by bus. ONS Guardian Article
People between jobs – following redundancy – may not have the commute to contend with, but they have to face other stressors, like getting another job.
If you are in that situation your immediate goal may involve taking action to secure another job before the summer. If so you probably know what steps you are going to take to get you there.
How would you feel if your actions didn’t produce results this summer?
What would you feel like if you didn’t secure work over the next two summers either?
How much more of a challenge would you face if you were now in your early 50s?
That is the situation highlighted in an enquiry to the Guardian newspaper from a fifty something former academic. He describes his situation in negative terms. Luckily he has options, if he feels positive about pursuing them. Your positive attitude would be crucial too.
Take a few moments and follow the link in the tweet below to find out more. There is a lot of positivity in the three valuable strategies of
- Networking with former peers
- Maintaining a Professional Online Presence
- Publishing Material That Enhances Your Reputation
Your circumstances as a fifty something between jobs may be different. Nonetheless there are some questions the scenario may raise for you:
- What would your first step be to return to work after redundancy?
- What would your Plan B look like if you needed one?
- Where would you get support from whilst your plans came together?
If these are hard questions to answer you may want to spend 30 minutes, this week, writing down your responses. That investment of time is worth it.
Keep your responses in a safe place. Hopefully you won’t need to use them. However if your circumstances unexpectedly change you and your coach may need to work through that material, as you plan your journey back to work.