I took the easy way out- kinda. When I lost my job, I chose to take early retirement so that I could be here for my parents. I could run the errands, be the chauffeur, be the confidant, the gardener, just what ever was needed at the moment. There is no money in that, but there is peace of mind. Besides, once this pandemic mess is under some semblance of control, I can seek out a part time job. I’ll be fine.
Back, years ago, when my (now late) husband found himself out of work, he didn’t have that option. He had to find work. Try as he might, he could not find another job. They all required something he did not have, a high school diploma. He had no choice, he had to enter into a totally different career.
He began driving a big rig long haul. We both learned a lot. Even though my husband has left this life, I still remember what I learned, and respect those who drive for a career.
It is hard enough, when you lose a job for any reason. Especially hard though if you have held that position for an extended length of time. You have settled into a routine, you know what to do when. You know the people, you know the quirks, you know what is expected and when. Losing that, takes a lot of things away from one.
You lose the financial side of it of course. Losing that paycheck hurts. Especially if you are one living pay day to pay day.
You lose the feelings of self worth that you have tied up in that position.
You lose the routine.
You lose the friendships and camaraderie.
But, like my husband and many others, there are positives to be found in new careers.
When you step outside your comfort zone, you grow. That expand your horizons thing is very real. My husband went from someone who had very limited travel experience to one who covered every state in this country many times. He saw places, went to places I’ve only dreamed about.
Learning new routines strengths mental skills and different muscles groups.
Meeting new people helps to increase your social skills.
Going into something new and different and meeting that challenge and winning, does a lot for one’s self confidence.
I’m thinking of some fishermen, and a tax collector, who left what they knew to follow Jesus. For them, everything changed. Yet, they went readily and willingly with Him. They learned a lifestyle completely different than what they had been accustomed. After the death and resurrection of Jesus and His ascension, they went on to build on what they had been taught. They built the church and they changed history. That, was a career change if ever was one.https://www.neverthirsty.org/bible-qa/qa-archives/question/what-jobs-did-the-twelve-disciples-have-before-they-followed-jesus/