I am finding that being redundant is actually quite difficult. First of all having your first week off in the middle of half-term is not conducive to job searches, secondly there is the fine line between needing a certain level of income versus the type of work you want to do. Which one do I choose? I think that the money is a short term fix but may lead to long term job satisfaction issues, whereas getting a job in the field I want may mean working further away (childcare headache) or a lesser income. It’s a real puzzler.
There is also the very real worry that I actually like being at home through the week. I can get loads done, home improvements, finally getting on top of the mountains of washing and playing the Xbox (a real job search killer). But no, I must be strong and remain professional. I can catch up on all this when I retire ha ha. But seriously, I think the biggest problem with being at home all day is the lack of social interaction, it’s bloody lonely. I never realised how important routine and people were to my sanity.
It’s not all doom and gloom. If I flip these problems on their heads they develop a positive sheen. It is quite liberating knowing that you can do anything and take any opportunities as they are no longer such risks as I’ve already lost my job.
This week coming up is decision time though I feel. Kids back at school I need to knuckle down and make some choices about WHAT I ACTUALLY WANT. It’s a harder decision than you might think. I still need to do Youth Work in order to complete my degree and I feel it would be a waste of my skills if I didn’t, whether that’s part time or voluntary remains to be seen, but there just aren’t the full time positions out there.
Wish me luck and I will keep you posted. SI still feel this is a blessing in disguise, only time will tell I guess.
Embrace change and enjoy the journey folks. Kisses