Let me start with where I have been..
I took a short break from writing to kind of figure out what MY path was and just begin to understand myself and where I wanted to be now and in the near future, having recently graduated I believe taking this time was crucial. Plus, in that time I had a bit of a "creative block".
For the last month or two, the big bad R-word (redundancy) had been looming over the travel and events industries and I never thought that it would be something I would be affected by. This post will hopefully give another young person facing something similar in this time, some hope that it isn’t all bad.
I found out about a month or two ago that my role at American Express Global Business Travel was being made redundant. When anyone of any age hears the word redundancy, a hundred and one things fly through your mind... "am I going to have to change my career", "I had goals in this company", "does my manager hate me" and the list goes on haha. After two redundancy hearings and final confirmation email, it wasn’t until I shut up the noise in my mind and focused that I realised this is the best thing that could have possibly happened to me at this time.
I say best very passionately, especially as the world's economy is crashing, which means its the best time for me to be me. A lot of people are looking for answers to many questions, I’m sure you can tell by the innumerable number of webinars discussing every topic under the sun. However, I found solace in success stories of real people who had been made redundant at young ages and still smashed their business and career goals, more than they expected.
Looking back at the number of businesses which have been unable to survive this period and others which are straight panicking their way through it, a space has been made for you to do what you truly wanted to do from the get-go. Go back to your first passion, what it was that got you up in the morning without complaining.
I’ve been applying for jobs, been rejected by every single company I applied for, from government to agency, to firm, to social platform, everywhere. A normal person would be disheartened, again the mind gets going "Is my CV not good enough" etc but I know it gives me more time to work on what works for me.
I know events, travel, venues like the back of my hand. Been in the industry since age 16 worked on some amazing events, in and with some amazing companies, led numerous teams, I know the best in industry, so how can I fail?
The only way I will fail is if I want to.
I’m a "creative academic" with a passion for communication in it's most prominent art forms, less vocal more visual, muted yet loud. However, I have a love for learning and teaching.
In a period like this many people find themselves at rock bottom, after months of uncertainty, lack of social interaction followed by a redundancy! Can imaginably tip even the strongest person off the edge but Rock bottom is the best place to be, from there you can build something sturdy and durable. Whether it be your personal, family or career life, you can begin to rebuild what was falling apart (if you truly reflect you KNOW that thing was shaky) on a firm foundation, knowing now you can wether any storm.
Friends who built businesses in the 2008 recession (You’ll realise through the course of this blog that of course none of my friends are my age but whatever 😂) stand on the pride that they grew in the toughest financial time in history and are now turning over 5/6/7 figures.
So... If you’re 20 something and find yourself redundant like me, be grateful for the gift of time and go grind for what sets your soul on fire.