Redundancy – choosing the right path when faced with a career crossroad

Jacquie Tewes

In our previous article, we discussed the emotional effects of taking a redundancy.

This article is about the mapping out a path for a way forward.

Straight after taking a redundancy, when you’re not quite sure how you feel from one moment to the next, having a clear plan can be the one certain thing in a sea of emotion.

Some steps that may help are to:


Spend some time to regroup before taking any action so you can get your thinking straight.

Get good advice

Seek financial advice – so you can maximise your payout and minimise any tax.

Consider what your options are and decide what will work for you

How? List all your skills, interests, values and motivations to see what type of roles you may want or be suitable for, decide if you need to develop new skills and study, if you want to start a business, travel, go on holidays, change your lifestyle, spend some time with the family, focus on your sport, hobbies or volunteering; or take some time off to recover and regroup.

Do your research

If you are looking for another job – start researching what industry and skills are in most demand and how roles match your experience, skills and passions.


Get in touch with your existing network and seek their support and referrals/ideas on where you could go and who you could speak to. Build on this network, so you have a source of people you can help and in turn may be able to help you!

Be prepared

Update your resume and register with Recruitment Agencies.

Think about future opportunities

Create a list of organisations that you are interested in working for and get to know more about them.

Get to know your ‘possibles’

Get in touch with the organisation’s key contacts to learn more about these organisation and seek referrals for any potential work.

Find someone to talk to

It could be helpful to get an external sounding board, such as a Career Coach, Psychologist or Counsellor as the voice of neutrality you may need. They can help you map out a clear path when you are too stressed to think clearly.

While you don’t believe it now, many people, after taking a redundancy look back and see it as the best thing that ever happened to them. Even though it was a massive disruption to their lives and very stressful, it gave them a chance to reflect on what they really wanted.

When you are at a crossroads, you have the opportunity to refocus on what it is that you really want and take stock of where you are and what you want to do.

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Are you feeling anxious or stressed?

NewAccess is an early intervention program for people experiencing mild to moderate depression and anxiety. The program is a beyondblue program, the first of its kind in Australia, and has been operating since October 2013.

This service is free to patients and though GP referrals are welcome, they are not required. Anyone over 18 years of age who is not already seeing a mental health clinician can use the service.

There are five local Access Coaches in the Canberra region and currently there is no waiting time to access the program.  Clients can have up to six sessions with an Access Coach, either over the phone or face to face.

The direct number to contact the NewAccess team is 6287 8066.  Should you wish to speak with the Program Manager, call Lauren Anthes on 6287 8099.

For further information visit

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Jacquie Tewes

Jacquie Tewes is a career coach, award-winning speaker, mentor and trainer. She has a special interest in career development, motivation, communication and leadership, volunteering, HR and Business Administration. Jacquie’s business, Job Boot Camp, has the aim of helping others set and achieve their goals and win the best jobs to fulfil their true potential. Find out more at More about the Author

  • Tiffany

    Great 2nd part to the article. Would love to hear any individual case studies or local stories if at all possible?