Articles relating to redundancy and career transition

Redundancy. Mind over matter

The ability to control the redundancy process using the mind.

Does it matter? Absolutely, it does.

People being made redundant cannot control what their company does, but they can control how they respond to redundancy before moving forward.

And that process is influenced by what happens in the mind.

It's common to feel a range of emotions when redundancy happens.


Anger, shock, rejection, depression, disbelief, denial, despair, relief. They can all surface at various stages and can have a debilitating impact if not managed carefully.

I remember the first time I was made redundant. I didn't receive any outplacement support.

For sure I was experiencing anger and rejection, and immediately launched myself into a role I was totally unsuited for. Thankfully, it didn't last long, but it was a lesson to learn...

If you're facing redundancy,

  • Be clear on what your strengths are.
  • Acknowledge the emotions you're feeling.
  • Where possible, take some time to reflect on where you're heading before making any rash decisions.

Don't let your emotions hijack your behaviour.

Lynne Griffiths- Insights from the Recruitment Industry

Wow, some great insights shared by my guest Lynne Griffiths when we talked about;

- what employers are doing to keep people in the corporate travel industry

- the "recruitment match making service", how it works, who is the client?

- the mistakes people make preparing their CV and what candidates should be doing

- her nurturing side, imposter syndrome and studying psychotherapy

Even if you're not connected to the travel industry, there are some gems of advice to learn.

Middle Managers- Do You Feel Trapped In Your Job ?

When you've become an established middle manager its not uncommon to feel trapped in your job.

Nobody likes to feel trapped, and yet that's exactly what can happen to middle managers when they've reached a plateau in their career. Externally, colleagues may view them as the same person they've always known. However, nobody truly knows whats happening mentally. 

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Mid-Career Manager Health Check

From a demographics perspective mid-career managers can be classified from late thirties through to age groups in forties and fifties.

You know you've hit mid-career status when you've been through several company reorganisations or the latest corporate strategy handed down no longer fills you with the excitement as it once did.

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Interview with David Bishop. From cheque sorting to COO

I really enjoyed interviewing David Bishop this morning on his career journey where he shared some great insights.

During our discussion we covered his role of humble beginnings sorting cheques at Barclays, changing career from one industry to another, to becoming the COO of a profitable travel management company.

He shared the secret of how he landed his roles, and how he feels about ambition and knowing what you're good at and not good at.

If you thought the future of corporate travel industry was in decline, you'd be mistaken.

How Do You Recognise In Yourself The Value You Bring

During my recent discussion with Sandie Johnston, she mentioned how it was difficult to recognise your own transferable skills when you've been in a role for so long. For many people, knowing the answer to this is critical for their next career move.

Sandie also recommended that if you're not happy with the work you're doing, consider what other changes are possible. This sounds an obvious statement to make, but many people feel trapped or confused about what next step to take with their career.

 There will of course be a need to balance the financial considerations, but there's so many other options to consider. 

 Regrettably, so many people get stuck and cannot see the alternatives. Starting a business may not be everyone's preferred choice, as Sandie has done, but there is no reason why the alternatives cannot be considered. This is where career coaching can help.

 If you're struggling to identify your transferable skills, your work values, and making decisions around the best options to take, consider working with a career coach to help and support you through the process.