Starting college, everyone talks about working towards a first job. That job will be the start to your career, the first step down the yellow brick professional road. You’ll make an abundance of friends, professional contacts and maybe even a spouse along the way.
But what isn’t mentioned, is when you lose that job.
Now rest assured I have not yet lost my professional job. I’m not under the impression that I’m exempt from this situation. It seems companies left and right are downsizing for a variety of reasons. Workforce reductions seem to be driven by difficulties in emerging markets, resulting fluctuations in global currencies, efficiencies in corporate processes, etc. Reasons aside, workforce reductions appear to be a necessary even natural part of any organization. Organizations experience organic growth as influenced by internal and external factors. As I’m pursuing my master’s degree, I’m learning more about different strategies organizations employ to communicate change within the company to internal and external audiences.
I wish those case studies outlined how to communicate to friends, coworkers and families about job loss.
Every part of communicating a job loss to another person is difficult. It’s navigating the difficult conversations like the introduction, explanation or conclusion into what you’re doing now. Honestly, I could write novels about communicating corporate change after all I’ve read, learned and experienced.
I’m writing about this because it never crossed my mind at my first day of work that I might lose that job, and I would hate for the misinterpretation of reality to cloud anyone else’s perspective. It would be a disservice to undergraduate students not to discuss this possibility, how to recover and communicate this situation to others. Your first job is about maintaining optimism while understanding the internalizing the realities. It’s upsetting to think that new fresh-faced, bright-eyed undergrads even have to consider this, but to survive in the yo-pro world, you do.
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