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Whilst redundant, it is great to manage your money wisely. If you want to spend some of your redundancy pay but are unsure what to spend it on, investing in yourself can be the best thing that you can do, as you are your own best asset.
Spending money on:
- Business networking events
- Any type of learning resources
Can be good for you and your future career but before deciding what to spend your money on, first you need to write a list of:
- What you want to achieve in the future
- What you are good at
- What you are not so good at
- What makes you happy
This in turn should help you to target what to spend your money on, as an investment for your future, rather than spend money randomly on something that may not help you.
If you are worried about spending any of your money, it is your choice and one of the things that you can control in your life at the moment, whilst other aspects of your life may seem out of control.
If you are worried about money because you were always taught that “money doesn’t grow on trees” and “money is the root of all evil” then you may want to change your mindset to overcome this obstacle. A great blog article about this can be found at http://inspireyourbusiness.wordpress.com
The post is entitled The Mindful Money Audit.
Although I personally believe in saving money. I also strongly believe that I need to invest in myself and my future. These days I spend more money on my education and learning because I know it will help me to make more money in the future.
If you are thinking of setting up your own business, you may want to attend The Business Show in London: http://www.greatbritishbusinessshow.co.uk/seminars/ on the 6th and 7th of June 2013. I will be attending and even though it is an event that I hadn’t planned for and therefore will be spending money that I hadn’t budgeted for, I think it will be worth the investment. This is because I believe I am worth investing in and so should you believe you are worth investing in too. Believe in yourself and your own self-improvement and then others will believe in you and that includes potential employers or customers.
In the meantime – Stay positive
When you enter into the world of Redundancyland it can be a hard pill to swallow. Emotions that you haven’t experienced for a long time, may rear their ugly head and if it is the first time that you have been made redundant, you may feel bewildered, anxious and all alone and that can be just for starters.
For some of you, the business where you worked may literally have collapsed overnight and redundancy will have happened so fast that you barely had time to think, let alone manage to make plans for your future or indeed for the next day. Whilst others among you, will find that there were rumours spreading that the company you worked for was in trouble over a period of months before you got officially told that there was no longer a need for your role.
Whichever is the path that took you to get here, I am here to tell you, you are not alone. I have been made redundant twice and in general, a job for life is now a thing of the past. No longer are employers looking for a person with years of experience in the same role, they are looking at how adaptable and flexible potential employees are to have been able to hold a variety of jobs and gained many transferable skills.
One of the most important things that you must do, is to allow yourself breathing space, by this I mean, time to take everything in that has happened to you, to process it in your mind and to allow yourself the time to think, what is it that I really want to do with my life? You also need time to settle into the idea of not working in that role anymore. I know some of you will be screaming at me right now, saying “I have got a job to go to, I don’t need breathing space.” To those of you who share that viewpoint, I say good on you but please give yourself time to think and reflect on if the job you have taken to replace the one that you were made redundant from, was the right job choice for you. It can be easier to take a job out of desperation than it is too allow yourself the time to think of redundancy as the opportunity of a lifetime to pursue your dreams.
My top five tips for why you need breathing space:
- To give yourself time to get over the initial shock of redundancy.
- To allow grief to run it’s course.
- To think about what other career you could pursue and research ways to make it happen.
- To make a plan of action for your future including how you are going to get your dream job.
- To pursue a course needed to improve your chances of getting a job in the role that you want.
When I was made redundant for the second time in 2009, I decided to pursue my dream of being a published writer and of setting up a website to help people who have been made redundant to get back into work. If I can do it, I know you can too.
Reach for the stars. They are yours for the taking.
Remember, always stay positive.
- A is for Antidote to Beat Redundancy Blues (A-Z of Redundancy) (beatredundancyblues.wordpress.com)
You are probably waiting to read the A-Z of Redundancy that is coming soon but in the meantime I wanted to share with you something that happened today.
I got invited to take a tour of St Loye’s Foundation in Exeter. That is essentially an education establishment for people with disabilities, or to use the correct terminology, the less-abled or differently-abled. Their website address is: http://www.stloyesfoundation.org.uk This year they are celebrating their 75th Anniversary of being a national charity with the aim of getting people into employment.
Their mission: “With our range of services, we support people with physical or mental health conditions and disabilities into lasting employment.”
I was given a tour of the Foundation by Community Fundraiser Phil Roberts. The building was light and airy and well equipped to meet training needs, with one computer per person and a lot of them. Spread over two floors the foundation offers a number of in-house courses to 18 years and over, that include:
- Horticulture and Land based Skills
- Hospitality and Catering
- Microsoft IT Academy
- Health and Safety in the Workplace
- Business Skills
- Computer Aided Design (CAD)
- Health and Social Care
- Food Hygiene
And the best thing is, they will put you up in residential accommodation if you don’t live in Exeter and want to attend a course. That is subject to proof that you have got a disability and DWP terms and conditions. I would advise you to contact your local Disability Employment Advisor at your local Jobcentre Plus to discuss your options and eligibility and you can speak directly to St Loye’s Employment Team by phoning 01392 255428 to find out more about the courses.
Their address is: St Loye’s Foundation, Brittany House, New North Road, Exeter EX4 4EP.
Every person that I was introduced to at St Loye’s, made me feel welcome and at ease. The tutors were on hand to give one-to-one support with courses such as Business Administration and CAD design and I got the feeling that it was a place where people could feel comfortable and supported in their training and respected as an individual.
Some exciting news – Soon they will be offering courses to people who are vulnerable but don’t necessarily have a disability. This means that if you are unemployed, over 19 years and claiming JSA, you will be able to take advantage of a number of training courses for free that you will find hard to get for free elsewhere in Exeter and that you may find hard to get at that level for free in the South West. For example, I have been told by an employee that they will be offering ECDL Levels, 1, 2 and 3. So log on to their website again in a few weeks time to gain access to courses for updating your skills or training for a new career. http://www.stloyesfoundation.org.uk
Remember, stay positive.
Together we can beat redundancy blues.