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March 27, 2010

Pushed out of the nest

Filed under: Careers, Happiness, Random stuff - uncategorisable — chriscroft @ 6:56 pm

I know it’s a cliche to say “it’ll be the best things 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!

a) 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.

b) 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.

c) 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, 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?


PS: for more info on this subject see here



  1. I agree – what it also needs is for the stigma to be taken away from it. In a sense in some work contexts, anyone any good will probably work themselves out of the job by making it self-regulating, streamlining it and making themselves generally dispensable.

    The trouble is that there is not the freelance culture in N. Europe generally that is sufficient to offer a reasonably solid corpus of task-based/contract-type/contracting work. Everything screams out against the 100-year old paradigm of permanent, fixed-term jobs for life, whereas the infrastructure (legal/economic etc.) blindly perpetuates it in the face of overwhelming technological and economic pressures to the contrary.

    Change is good but only so long as it actually is….

    Comment by semanteme — March 27, 2010 @ 7:40 pm

  2. Yes exactly. And there’s the fact that if you’ve never been made redundant it could be that you’re not pushing yourself enough… Though there are of course people who aren’t made redundant because they’re really good at what they do, and those that ARE made redundant because they are in fact crap! But overall, in these days of multiple careers and general job insecurity (particularly in management) it’s not necessarily a bad sign.

    Comment by chriscroft — March 28, 2010 @ 9:51 am

  3. Most people I know who had to leave P&G fell on their feet.

    HOWEVER, another aphorism I have found to be true is that “Most people are about as happy as they are”. Put them in a different or tougher situation, and they will come out, maybe after some difficult adjustment, smiling about as much as they did before. If you believe everything is for the best, you will make the best of redundancy as you do everything else.

    Comment by Martin Herrington — March 28, 2010 @ 10:31 am

  4. Yes, I read somewhere that people who win the lottery are ecstatic for a few months but within a year they have returned to their previous happiness level, however high or low that was.
    And also, people who lose a limb are very unhappy to start with (obviously!) but then they too return to previous happiness levels within a year.
    Amazing in some ways…

    I personally am very happy at the moment because I have just successfully installed a new hot and cold tap in the downstairs loo, involving switching off the water (complicated!) and using spanners (macho! and witnessed by wife!) but I fear that within a year the glow of triumph will have faded….

    Comment by chriscroft — March 28, 2010 @ 11:51 am

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