No Worries, Mate: Coping with Redundancy and Keeping a Positive Attitude

No Worries, Mate: Coping with Redundancy and Keeping a Positive Attitude

G'day mates! So, you've just received the dreaded news: you're redundant. Just like that, you're out in the cold, feeling like a kangaroo caught in the headlights. But fear not, fellow Aussies! We've all been there, and the good news is, there's life after redundancy. So grab a cold one, sit back, and let's talk about how to cope with redundancy and keep a positive attitude (with a bit of a chuckle along the way).

Don't take it personally (you're not Vegemite)

Redundancy can be a real kick in the guts. It can happen for various reasons, like budget cuts, restructures, business slowing down due to lower sales, and many other curveballs life throws, including Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine. The global instability created by this conflict has affected international relations and many industries worldwide. Vladimir Putin's actions haven't been a barrel of laughs for anyone unless you count his holiday snaps; they are comedy gold and the gift that keeps on giving.

Whatever the cause, it's important to remember that redundancy is not a personal attack on your skills or value as an individual.

It's just business, mate (said in my finest Aussie accent). It doesn't mean you're as divisive as Vegemite (which, let's be honest, is the true-blue Aussie brekkie hero). Redundancy constantly happens in the tech industry, especially as businesses transform, priorities change, and the market takes a spin. Embrace it as a chance for a new beginning, and remind yourself of all the unique skills and accomplishments you bring to the table. Just remember, you're not alone in this.

Embrace the initial shock (and have a cheeky rant)

When you first hear the news, it's natural to feel like a prawn on the barbie: stunned and cooked. You might feel a whole gamut of emotions, from shock and confusion to anger, sadness, and anxiety. That's perfectly normal. Let yourself feel those emotions, and have a good rant to your mates, cat, or even your favourite potted plant, our office plant was called Robert Plant (do you see what we did there), but someone had forgotten to water him for the past few weeks, so he wasn't too happy either. As the old saying goes, "a problem shared is a problem halved," so talking it out can be incredibly therapeutic. Remember not to make a scene at the office – I almost threw my Vegemite toast across the room when I was made redundant. But I didn't because that would have been a waste of good Vegemite and a clean wall.

Family matters; ride the redundancy rollercoaster together

The Round the Twist family kneeling in front of a lighthouse Round the Twist: The quirky Aussie family that made us believe anything can happen in a lighthouse!

Dealing with redundancy is a family affair. You're all in it together – it's like playing a high-stakes game of Monopoly where everyone's on the same team, but the bank's gone bust. The impact on your family's mental health and stress levels can be substantial, especially if you're the primary breadwinner, and some of the signs that your family is not coping as well as you are can go unseen. But don't worry, just like a family game night, it's possible to find a way to support each other through this challenging time without flipping the table.

Communication is crucial to help your family make sense of the situation and manage their stress and anxiety levels. Chat with them openly, allow everyone to express their concerns and fears, and brainstorm strategies together to conquer the challenges ahead.

Keep them in the loop about your job hunt progress so they know where things stand. Be open and honest about the redundancy, but also keep a sense of humour in the mix (you know, like how you'd handle landing on Park Lane with a hotel for the third time in a row).

On top of that, remind your family that they're not alone in this adventure. Just like a trusty Vegemite sandwich, they're your support crew, and you're part of theirs. Keep communication flowing, stay positive, and remember – every dark cloud has a silver lining. By tackling this challenge as a team, your family will emerge stronger, more resilient, and ready to take on whatever the future throws at you. Plus, you'll have a stash of new inside jokes to chuckle about when reminiscing about these days!

Channel your inner Steve Irwin (Crikey!)

I remember growing up watching Steve Irwin on the Discovery Channel, and one of the things that left a lasting impression on me was how Steve tackled life with such contagious enthusiasm and a relentless sense of adventure; Now that the initial shock has passed, it's time to tap into your inner Crocodile Hunter! You can tackle this new chapter with a can-do attitude. Embrace the challenge, learn from the experience, and remember that life is about rolling with the punches and adapting to change.

Trim the budget, but don't skimp on the Tim Tams

White chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate Tim Tams Tim Tams: Australia's crown jewels – fuelling our sweet tooth and the Tim Tam Slam

It's a hard truth, but redundancy often means tightening the purse strings. It's time to review your spending habits and identify areas where you can save. You might need to cut back on the avo toast and flat whites, but don't forget to keep a few small treats in the budget. A life without Tim Tams is un-Australian and might make the process a bit too gloomy.

Rekindle your passion for the industry (and maybe learn a new skill)

Redundancy can be an excellent opportunity to reignite your love for the industry or take a look at something completely new. Take the time to explore new areas of interest or learn new skills – coding, design, tools, or the latest cybersecurity trends. You might find a unique speciality that makes you even more of an asset in the job market.

Network like you're at a sausage sizzle (minus the snags)

People at a sausage sizzle outside Bunnings Sausage sizzle: the unofficial Aussie national pastime, right after cricket and footy!

Networking is a crucial part of finding new opportunities in the tech industry. Don't be shy to reach out to former colleagues, attend industry events, or even strike up a conversation with a fellow tech enthusiast in the supermarket aisle; those people are easy to spot; they usually walk around in t-shirts from a tech conference. Treat networking like you're at a good old Aussie sausage sizzle: be friendly, share your story, and listen to others. Just don't forget the onions (or your business card, in this case).

Keep your job search as energised as a caffeinated kangaroo

When you're hunting for a new role, persistence is key. Approach your job search with the energy of a kangaroo on a double-shot flat white. When searching for new opportunities, keeping an open mind is also essential. Don't limit yourself to the same industry or job title. Set a daily schedule for scouring job boards, updating your CV, and reaching out to contacts. But remember, it's essential to strike a balance: don't burn yourself out by job-hunting 24/7. Give yourself time to recharge and enjoy life outside the search too.

Nail your interviews like you're trying to impress Dame Edna

Dame Edna Everage in a gold dress Dame Edna Everage: Turning every royal wedding into an Aussie extravaganza, possums!

Interviews can be as nerve-racking as trying to impress Dame Edna at a dinner party. The key to success is preparation. Research the company, practice your responses to common questions, and come armed with a few anecdotes that showcase your skills and personality. And, just like winning over Dame Edna, a little charm and a good sense of humour can go a long way.

Embrace the art of positive thinking (channel your inner Kylie Minogue)

As the fabulous Kylie Minogue once sang, "I should be so lucky," and with the right mindset, you can be too! Maintaining a positive attitude during your redundancy journey is essential. Surround yourself with uplifting people, indulge in activities that bring you joy, and remember to celebrate the small wins along the way. Remember, believing in yourself is half the battle.

Don't be afraid to seek professional help (no, not from Dr. Karl Kennedy)

Dr. Karl Kennedy playing guitar Dr. Karl Kennedy: The only doc who can cure any ailment in Ramsay Street and still rock the guitar!

If you're struggling to cope with redundancy, don't be afraid to seek help from a professional, like a career coach, redundancy support advisor or an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) if your company has one available. They can provide guidance and support tailored to your specific situation. Just ensure you seek help from a qualified expert, not the Ramsay Street doctor.

And That's a Wrap, Cobber

In conclusion, redundancy can be a rollercoaster of emotions but also an opportunity for personal growth and new beginnings. Keep your chin up, your Vegemite handy, and your sense of humour intact. Embrace change, network like a pro, rekindle your passion for the industry and maintain a positive attitude. With the right mindset and approach, you'll emerge from this more robust and resilient than before – you've got this, mate!