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Surviving The Dreaded Layoff In Your Twenties

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29 August 2018. If you’re looking for the most annoying, blood-boiling and frustrating phrase in the English language, look no further because we have it: keep calm and carry on. It’s just the worst, which is because it’s only ever used at times when that’s exactly what no one wants to hear, such as after you’ve just been made redundant, or laid-off ten days before Christmas, in your twenties.

It’s a scenario more common than you might expect and one that truly sucks. But if you can’t just keep calm and carry on, then what are you meant to do? How else are you meant to make it through this most turbulent and terrifying time as unscathed as possible?

Well, to help you out, we have pulled together a few super-epic pieces of advice that will help you make the most of your time off work while forever staying focused on what lies ahead.

Budget like a boss

When you’re in your twenties, nothing seems less glamorous than budgeting your money. You’re young, which means anything in your savings are there to be spent on good times and memories. However, when you have a chunk of change (read: your severance or redundancy payout) in your account, you need to know just how long you can make that last, which is where a budget comes in. It’s the first step in making it through this uncertain time in your life and doing so with a smile.

Make sure it was fair

There is going to be a certain amount of hatred running through your veins when you think about the company that let you go, which is why you are best off waiting a few days before you take any action. If, however, you still feel hard done by after this, go and speak to an employment attorney with free consultation to see what their view on the matter is. Just make sure you are as honest as possible with them as possible.

Get back on the horse

When you have a redundancy payout sitting in your account, money woes tend to fall to one side. However, this is no time to get lazy because you need to figure out a way to get back in the game. Think about what you really want to do, what skills you have, what experience you have gained and who might want all of this. Once you have answered these, you’ll have a much better idea of how to move forward.

Use your time better

Trust us, in this economy you are probably going to be landing interviews pretty quickly, get another job and then regret not using this time away from employment a little bit better. Don’t let this happen. It’s a much better idea to join that gym you always wanted to, learn a new skill, go on trip to somewhere you haven’t been before – anything that will help you stay positive and help you feel like you are doing something with your time. If you don’t, frustration will begin to build up and that’s not what you want. You want to feel good about yourself, so work on that.

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