What do I do now?

Updated: May 13, 2019



You are now permanently laid off from your previous employer. What a scary statement. Permanently…it sounds so…permanent? How are you going to move forward? You feel cut off, alone. Your job defined a very important piece of who you are and now your people are gone. I understand the level of fear and dread that can cause in you. The question is what do I do now? Fear not. There is hope. You will pass through this darkness and emerge into a bright new future. One of the main keys to success is simply doing and learning. So what do I do? I START! So… how do I start? 1. Make a list of your friends, colleagues and family. You know more people than you think. School Friends? Pastor? Neighbors? Relatives? Friends of Relatives? Congregation Members? Go to see them. Interact with them, call them. “Don’t expect anything from them. Don’t ask them to find you a job. Just meet and have a normal conversation.” (Herman, 2015) You are going to be surprised how much you can learn by just listening to people. Ask questions about how they found their way. Congratulations, you are doing and learning! 2. DO SOMETHING! Even if it is not quite the right thing. You can spend a lot of time “researching” and taking evaluations and assessments. “Ideas always sound good on paper. But words don’t match experience, so acting on something is your best choice”. (Herman, 2015) What does the experience look like? Learn how others reached their goals. As Catherine Byers Breet would say “find a champion, find many champions”. There are champions for job search, for taking out your frustrations, for connections, for new learning opportunities. Find folks you can lean on. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Everyone wants to see you do well, but you need to ask. ASK!!! Remember that this is a journey. You are unfinished and on the way…always. It’s not about the final product. 3. Get out of your comfort zone. Do things that you don’t normally do. Experience. How about something you always wanted to do but never got around to it? (Herman, 2015) Remember that you are unfinished, on the way. There is no failing, only doing and learning. You don’t need to have all the answers. You just need to start. Work Cited

Herman, Lily. “7 Answers to ‘What Should I Do With My Life?".” Free Career Advice, The Muse, 18 Nov. 2015, www.themuse.com/advice/7-ways-to-find-the-answer-to-what-should-i-do-with-my-life.

Byers Breet, Catherine. Arbez. https://www.arbez.com/


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