When los­ing your job is a pos­i­tive ca­reer move

Ayrshire Post - - News - Staff Re­porter

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

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