It isn’t exactly breaking news that we are living in a time where the only consistency in the global economy is its’ instability. Gone are the days of retiring from the workforce in the same career field as we began. The idea of job security is now a thing of the past as most workers look forward to feeling the burn of ‘being fired’.
To have any hope of remaining employed, we must continually build on the skills and knowledge relevant to our positions – and for the most part – we’ve come to accept that. However, as the world continues to change and move further away from the traditional (and singular) ‘career’ toward a more unfamiliar and diverse landscape of ‘careers’ (note the plural), we – the workforce – are learning to accept the need to foster certain attributes within ourselves.
We must proactively develop characteristics such as:
to successfully navigate the unpredictable ebbs and flows of our work lives.
It has become commonplace for people to change workplaces and indeed, entire careers in their lifetime. Often many times and for many different reasons. Job security is one major factor, with many workplaces globally down-sizing their staff as a direct reflection of the competitive nature of the worldwide economy.
Traditionally, the act of being ‘fired’ has been met with a multitude of negative responses and emotional reactions. This is steadily shifting as people become more readily accepting of all the potential possibilities that new opportunities may bring.
It is important to remember that being ‘let go’ from a workplace could actually become the very catalyst that sets you on the course to a career you only dreamed of – eventually! Having said that, meanwhile – in the heat of the moment, we can become so emotionally overwhelmed that we react instinctively and are left with little more than regrets at the damage caused in our wake.
Current research and reports produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics supports the claim that a majority of employees, will be ‘sacked’ at some stage of their career.
With this in mind, we have put together a list of Dos & Don’ts based on career psychologist Suzie Plush’s advice if you ever find yourself needing to ‘Survive the Sack’.
- Verbally abuse your boss
- Write complaints to the company
- Badmouth former employer
- Feel dejected or worthless
- Ask questions to clarify the reasons
- Learn from this experience
- Invest in career support and professional advice
- Reinvent yourself for something better