Redundancy can lead to new opportunities

Let me introduce Pamela Miller to you. Our latest Guest Writer on the H2 Blog. Founder of AB Fifty One – a marketing agency. Pamela was made redundant in 2015 and here she talks about how it enabled her to make positive changes.

I still remember receiving the news that I was being made redundant. I was in my second week of maternity leave and I received the dreaded letter through the post. I had no idea that it was going to happen. Although the company had been making redundancies, as it was going through financial difficulties, I assumed I was safe. I wasn’t last in and I thought being pregnant, I was pretty well protected. I was wrong. A company which has justifiable financial reason to make a pregnant person redundant, can.

So, here I was in what was meant to be a happy time, worrying about how on earth we were financially going to cope. At this point in our lives, I was the highest earner in the house, we had just up sized our house and were mid renovation and although the company still had to pay my statutory maternity pay for the duration, I knew that there was a ticking time bomb about what we were going to do when my maternity leave was up.

You see for most people redundancy isn’t paid a second thought because on the whole it is reasonably rare. Yet it doesn’t stop the dreaded fear that’s associated with it. If you asked 100 people to say one word they associate with redundancy you can be pretty sure they would all be negative words. But redundancy doesn’t have to be a bad thing for you. It’s a chance that most people don’t get to really review their life. I now look back at my redundancy and I’m glad it happened to me. I see it as fates way of putting me on the right path for me.

If it wasn’t for redundancy, I wouldn’t have started my own marketing company and been able to call my own shots. If it wasn’t for redundancy, I wouldn’t have been able to work the hours to suit my family life. If it wasn’t for redundancy, I wouldn’t have done the math’s and worked out that I could earn the same amount of money in less time through my own company. For me it was the wake up call I needed and for that I am glad.

So if you’re facing redundancy, don’t spiral into a state of panic. See it as a chance to sit down and think. Take advice from a specialist recruitment agency, like H2, to really help you identify what it is you want to do with your career. Whether you decide to set up your own company, aim for a higher position or change direction altogether. Talking to an independent party can really help you make sense of it all.

Thank you Pam for sharing your story with us. If you are going through redundancy or even considering a change please do get in touch with one of the team. Alternatively check out the H2 Blog where you’ll find lots of resources to help you with writing your CV, preparing for an interview or using social media as part of your job search.