I know it’s a cliche to say “it’ll be the best thing that ever happened to you” and it’s not really what you want to hear when you are in the scary process of being made redundant, but it just might be true…
All we can do is look at the evidence, and certainly for me it was a push that turned out to be beneficial on all three occasions that it happened to me!
1) Leaving Corvus in South Wales – led to moving to Poole, a really nice place to have ended up. Changed my life, for sure, because amongst other things it led to discovering management training as a career. If they had kept me I would either still be churning out the shock absorbers or I’d be at head office in Northampton doing something to do with car components.
2) Leaving Dolphin Packaging in Poole – led to working at Bournemouth University, and discovering what I was born to do, and learning how to do it. This job was on half the money and I would probably not have dared take the pay cut and the uncertainty of a different career without the push.
3) Leaving the University Business School – led to being self employed on five times the money and no meetings to go to. I would probably not have dared to risk going self employed without this push.
If any ONE of these three hadn’t happened I wouldn’t be doing this today. I wouldn’t be running training courses, recording stuff for lynda.com (now Linkedin Learning), and earning a good living doing things I love.
So – maybe the cliche is really true? Maybe there is the perfect job is out there for you to find? And maybe if there is a pay cut it’ll be worth it for the fun of the new job, or maybe it will lead to better pay in the end?