When I got retrenched recently, I was devastated. I didn’t know what to do or where to start. I started looking for jobs, but I was so scared that I would bump into my friends while doing them.
Afraid that people I know will ask me how was I doing and the awkward conversations that would follow
I had been working at the same job for the past decade and had built up a network of friends and colleagues. I was so used to seeing them every day, and I was afraid of what they would think if they saw me doing some temporary part-time job.
I was worried that they would think less of me, or that they would judge me. I was so embarrassed by the prospect of them seeing me in a different light that I was afraid to take up any of the temporary jobs that were available.
I did not want to risk bumping into them and the awkward conversations that would follow after but I knew that I had to do something soon because I am running out of money for my daily expenses.
So I decided to take up a temporary part-time job while I was looking for another full-time job. I was still nervous and scared, but I knew that I had to do it.
Thankfully, I met someone who I became friends with while doing this part time job and he introduced me to a world of job opportunities that was the same as my previous field.
I managed to get hired by another company after his recommendation to the manager and it did not take me long to rise up again.
I guess eventually choosing to take the part time job was a good idea and I just hope that this encourages anyone who’s in a similar situation to take whatever you have first as you will never know what sort of connections you can form from them.