Though it may be devastating at the time, being made redundant can be a chance to explore new horizons.
The job for life is a thing of the past – even more so in such uncertain economic times – but while losing your job is a stressful and upsetting experience, it need not be the end of the world.
The most important thing to remember is that it is your role that has been made redundant, not you. Lots of support is available and it is vital you take advantage of it. Speak to your employer before you leave, and find out what your rights and entitlements are.
You could take this change to reassess your career, to assess your skills, spruce up your CV, retrain, or even move to another European country. The EURES Job Mobility Portal contains over 1 300 000 job vacancies form all over Europe and could be a good start for your job search. The EURES booklets Finding a Job in Europe and You will hear from us can help.
André Atalaia Samouco, a EURES Adviser in Portugal, says: “For those who have recently been made redundant, after the period of pain there is opportunity for knowledge and understanding. It is changes in the economy that induce real changes in the labour market and it is crucial we induce people to know that this is a problem for the whole society and not take it personally.”
“They can then try to learn other qualifications, move somewhere their skills are in demand, or move to another profession. Only if they succeed in understanding the new demands of the labour market can they make successful efforts to change the situation,” André asserts.
A EURES Adviser can also point you towards other sources of support on the European level such as the EU’s Mutual Information System on Social Protection (MISSOC) and the web site Your Europe can be of great help if your want to learn more about your rights.
Never underestimate the power of networking. Sign up to websites such as LinkedIn and Twitter, and make sure friends and contacts know you are looking for work. Give each day a focus – just because you no longer need to get up at 7 a.m. each morning, try not to let the days drift away. Giving yourself a routine – keeping busy will help you stay motivated.
The EU’s Mutual Information System on Social Protection, MISSOC