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Career Accelerator Tip: Redundancy and self-worth!


Career Accelerator is a hybrid digital coaching platform that exists to make transition a more empowering experience. We provide you with the ability to use the tools you need, when you need them, wherever you are.

Know that redundancy is a commercial decision, even if it feels personal…

When your role is made redundant and you are retrenched it can feel intensely personal. It’s not.

And you know what else? It may be the best thing that’s ever happened to you.

There are many examples of people who have transitioned to a new career very successfully. You are never too old.  Too old is when you are on your death bed, reflecting on your career with regret at the risks you never took or the changes you didn’t make to live a fulfilling life! Success looks different for everyone, don’t let anyone tell you what success is, instead, now is the time to find that out for yourself and make it happen.

Know your values, strengths and areas of expertise, then combine this with what you enjoy. The overlap is the area you want to find a new role.  This is the area which is likely to  bring you joy and you will naturally be more successful. Don’t be hung up on what you’ve done before. Skills are transferrable.  Skills are changing so quickly.  To move up the career ladder is either to keep ahead with technical skills or become a great leader supporting wonderfully technical people.  But even in the second option, you still need to be current and open to continuous learning.

Careers are no longer linear, and they don’t need to be. If your career progression is limited to one area – why not build skills in an adjacent area?  If your role is made redundant, why not consider a portfolio career?  For example, you can work two days a week for one organisation and two days for another doing another type of role entirely! – who says you have to limit yourself to one career?

When you have been retrenched, it’s a great opportunity to redefine who you are and what you want. Before you go and network  make sure you craft your narrative.

Know your value by knowing your values…

When you know what drives you, it’s so much easier to find a role that is congruent with your values.

When you know what drives you, it’s so much easier to find a role that is congruent with your values.  If you don’t know your values or what is important to you, then how do you know when you find it?  Or worse, you may find something and realise it’s not what you want.

Step one: know your values

There are lots of on-line tests and tools to help you. Values are what’s important to you – aim for about 10-12 top values. As you work through them, you may find that some of these naturally combine.  For instance, if you value philanthropy, community and generosity, you might say that ‘service to others’ is one of your top values.

Step two – Prioritise your top values

This step is probably the most difficult, because you’ll have to look deep inside yourself.  It’s also the most important step because when making a decision, you’ll have to choose between solutions that may satisfy different values.  This is when you must know which value is more important to you.

Write down your top values, not in any particular order.

Look at the first two values and ask yourself – “If I could satisfy only one of these, which would I choose?”  It might help to visualise a situation in which you would have to make that choice.  For example, if you compare the values of service and stability, imagine that you must decide whether to sell your house and move to another country to do valuable foreign aid work, or keep your house and volunteer to do charity work closer to home.

Keep working through the list, by comparing each value with each other value, until your list is in the correct order.

Step three – Reaffirm your values

Check your top-priority values and make sure they fit with your life and your vision for yourself.

1) Do these values make you feel good about yourself?

2) Are you comfortable with your values (aim for 6-8)? Are you proud of your top 3?

3) Would you be comfortable and proud to tell your values to people you respect and admire?

4) Do these values represent things you would support, even if your choice isn’t popular and it puts you in the minority?

When you consider your values, you will know that what you’re doing is best for your current and future happiness and satisfaction.

Making value-based choices may not always be easy, however, making a choice that you know is right, is a lot less difficult in the long run. You should end up with 6-8 values that are important to you in your next role, whether that be self-employment, contract or a permanent position.

This is an important exercise as it’s a central part of who you are and who you want to be.

By becoming more aware of these important factors in your life, you can use this as a guide to make the very best career choice.

Learn more about Career Accelerator

Career Accelerator is a hybrid digital learning platform providing practical career transition advice and specifically created for high-change 2021 Australian market. We partner with organisatons and individuals to help secure meaningful employment when a role has been impacted by change. The platform is a scalable blend of one-on-one coaching supported by a full digital suite of transition tools. Six online programs, each containing 8-10 modules, are supported by actionable resources including workbooks, best practice, checklists, diagnostics, case studies, templates and other relevant information. Career Accelerator allows people to benefit from self-paced learning, when they want it, wherever they are, while saving the tricky conversations for the one-on-one coaching.