Even in today’s tough economic times, engineering professionals who are top of their game, are sought after and not easily made redundant. However, companies do morph and change with astonishing rapidity and you may not always feel comfortable with changes in your current firm, and look to alternative opportunities and employment. Sometimes; personal things happen that cause you to decide to move on (something unpleasant at work / death of a close friend /unexpected windfall or a change in life occurring).
Some Suggestions when making the awkward move (or in helping a colleague who has to “move onwards”)
- Develop a pitch that highlights the positives of moving forward to new challenges. Do not become the victim as this ultimately wears you (and your colleagues) down.
- Ensure you build in a support network of a few colleagues who can keep you motivated, aware of other opportunities and in tune with reality.
- Take time out to formally think about who you are; what you have achieved; what your strengths are and what you really enjoy doing.
- Write down specific goals of where you want to go both personally and professionally. Be innovative and creative in your future career.
- Think about career boosts such as further education or training.
- Select a trusted individual to mentor and advise you; and who you can use as a sounding board.
- Redouble your efforts to building up a strong contact network with address and email contact details
- Manage your health well-being with good exercise and especial attention to your mental well-being.
- Support and be kind to your family and friends at this rather stressful time. Try and defuse the stress and uncertainty with fun activities.
- Make your transition interesting and inspirational to others.
- Maximise your entitlements; but while being firm don’t lose your friendliness and respect for others.
- Above all, don’t compromise, as I once did in my haste to leave. Take your time to reflect on where you going and how you are going to do it.
Thanks to Peter Tatham of National Career Development Week for a thought provoking article on the topic of redundancy – An Australian Government Web site.
As Steve Jobs remarked with some prescience: “Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life”.
Yours in engineering learning