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Moving on from Redundancy

Redundancy is a huge shock and will means lots of changes but it doesn’t have to be all negative. Redundancy can be an opportunity to change your career and start something new.

Keep an open mind and try to explore new opportunities and possibilities without deciding on anything crucial just yet. Research all your options, which could include:

  • Getting more qualifications
  • Looking into a completely new career
  • Volunteering
  • Work experience
  • Looking for a job in a similar field to your previous job


To try and create your own opportunities, get involved with as many things as possible. You could do voluntary work, join community groups and hobby groups. This way you will meet new people and develop your networks.

Job search

It may be hard to get motivated initially, but it is important to be persistant and optimistic. Ask friends and family for help if you face setbacks. You could join Job Clubs to meet people in a similar situation to you. Also, now may be the time to consider taking a risk and trying something you’ve always wanted to do, such as starting your own business. Ansbury Guidance run Self Employment Workshops aimed at giving advice on this! They are on every Tuesday, if you’d like to attend call 01202 677557!

Get Careers Advice National Careers Service - www.ansbury.co.uk or https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk and Job Centre Plus www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus  

Get Financial advice from www.gov.uk/benefits-calculators https://www.gov.uk/national-insurance/help-if-youre-not-working  and www.citizensadvice.org.uk and www.gov.uk/calculate-your-redundancy-pay  

If you are struggling to cope, contact your GP and go to: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/coping-with-financial-worries.aspx