On my JibberJobber LinkedIn Group I saw a Discussion from Marcia LaReau titled The (unexpected) Benefits of Unemployment. She is pointing to her blog post with the same title. I love this topic because while being unemployed can have a lot of negative consequences, there are a lot of benefits.
Yes, you read that right.
For me, the unexpected benefit of unemployment was that I was “forced” into a new career direction, and that turned out to be pretty good
For my brother, it was a time to spend on his physical health, which he had neglected while working crazy hours.
For some people, it’s a time to downsize their spending and debt (which might seem hard at first but from what I hear, it’s a great life-changing move!)
For others, it’s a time to make life-changing career moves, like going from high-stress (big money) to something they enjoy more. Even earning less they can be okay if they are more fullfilled in life by where they spend their time.
Others take the time to regroup, restrategize, and many times come out with stronger career management skills (career management is the new “job security”).
What are the unexpected benefits of unemployment that you have seen, whether from your own transition or that of someone you’ve known?
(Here’s my secondary message: if you are down in the dumps, take some time right now… 30 minutes… and brainstorm what the unexpected benefits are to you right now. If you can’t think of anything, identify some that you want to pursue, and go after them!)