Speaking up rather than cowering in silence for fear of an awkward conversation takes courage, but you owe that to yourself and your boss.
This was no ordinary job search campaign, and we soon agreed his best plan of action was to connect with people he’d met throughout his career, just by way of catching up for a coffee or beer and having a chat about things in general.
The moral of this story: There is life after redundancy, and with creative thinking and strategic planning, you can move to the next stage of your WorkLife and with a renewed zest for life.
Whatever you want to do, there is a clear path to it, and once you understand those steps, it becomes much more intuitive, and perhaps it even gives you the courage to get started. Because that’s what you need most, the courage to get started. The courage to take the cork out of the bottle.
If I can do it, so can you, and you never know where your new WorkLife chapter will lead you, and what doors and opportunities will open along the way.
Therein lies my case that speculatively approaching organisations for work is important. It can help you get onto their radar to be considered for a position when a role becomes available. And so, yes, speculative job approaches do actually work.
“What you do doesn’t depend on you – it depends on the other fellow.” Sanford Meisner
Aisling was already planning her next quarterly personal off-site, and until then she had her Joie De Vivre List of Places To Go, People To Be With, and Things To Do, to work (and play) through, to help her live her life to the full in the short-term, in the knowledge that these actions would help her, in time, to achieve her long-term dreams and aspirations.
Creating a WorkLife you love that fulfils your wants and needs, will be ongoing throughout the chapters of your WorkLife. We all have more than one career or side-hustle within us, should we choose to change our WorkLife path at our different WorkLife stages.
Stories of what people did when life threw them a curveball, when they had to regroup and rethink their WorkLife plan. Stories of sometimes unimaginable pain and loss. Stories of courage and strength in the face of adversity. Stories of resilience, reinvention and ultimately recovery.