When losing your job is a positive career move
The reality of redundancy can mean much more than a financial shock, leaving you with a sense of loss.
Little wonder it is often compared to bereavement with similar stages of grief, anger, shock and denial.
The Scottish Government’s Partnership Action for Continuing Employment ( PACE) initiative can help with the practicalities of redundancy as well as the emotional implications.
PACE is a partnership of 22 organisations together with the Scottish Government. Organisations include Skills Development Scotland, SQA, Scottish Enterprise, HMRC, colleges and universities and Jobcentre Plus. There are 18 PACE teams across Scotland, providing support to people who have been made redundant or who are facing redundancy.
PACE Adviser Owen Davies explains: “Redundancy can bring a sense of loss and emptiness. Some employers have been like family, with close working relationships and generations of families may have worked there.
“Others may feel anger and bitterness and have a fear of change, especially if it’s being forced upon them.”
From practical help from the Money Advice Service about mortgage or credit card payments, to advice on your rights and entitlements from Acas ( Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service), PACE takes a holistic approach addressing all areas of your life. There’s been no shortage of high profile redundancies in Scotland, and PACE has already helped thousands of people move on.
But for some redundancy may not always mean bad news.
“There are people who see redundancy as an opportunity,,” adds Owen.
“They may have been unhappy in the workplace and redundancy is forcing a change upon them. Their work life balance may have been difficult or redundancy could finally signal the end of difficult travel or long hours.”
Redundancy can give people the chance to explore the full range of opportunities available to them: a job they have always dreamed of or perhaps working for themselves.
By using a coaching approach, PACE Advisers support people from where they are now to where they want to be by helping them overcome obstacles to their end goal.
“We wouldn’t dissuade someone or say something’s a daft idea, because they might just