The one thing I’ve craved all my life is certainty.
Knowing where my next payslip is coming from, knowing that I’m financially secure should the worst happen, knowing that my children are safe and happy. Things a lot of us take for granted.
Growing up I was a worrier. I worried about the silliest of things. Will I be able to afford to buy a house, a car and even retire one day?
Not the normal things your typical teenager would worry about.
I’ve always worked for as long as I can remember. I got my first job was when I was 16 years old and I’ve worked ever since. From being a checkout operator in a supermarket, a housekeeper in a hotel, a shop assistant and finally onto the company that I’ve worked for, for 11 years.
When I first started there I only ever intended it to be a temporary job, but 11 years later I was still there.
I started when I was 18 and I enjoyed the job. As the years passed by my career within the company changed a number of times and with each new role I faced new challenges that I thrived off.
Sadly, I’ve had to make the tough decision to take redundancy. As such I no longer work there anymore. I have real mixed emotions about this.
Initially I was emotional. It was a very hard decision to make. I mean I’ve always worked so knowing that taking redundancy without another job to go into is a pretty scary thought.
Now that I’ve got used to the idea, my mindset has changed somewhat. I’m excited about what the future holds.
I’m really looking forward to a change of direction, in that I want to get out of the office job and find something more meaningful.
I’m under no illusions that this may take some time, but knowing that my husband is 100% fully behind me, supporting me all the way really helps. I’m not sure I would have been brave enough to make such a big decision without him.
At the moment I’m enjoying the time off as it means I can spend everyday with my children before they go back to school.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous, but I’m also pretty excited about this new chapter in my life.
Have you ever faced redundancy? If so, I’d love to hear your experiences.