My name is Jane Ferré and in 2017 I experienced redundancy twice in one year.
In March, I took voluntary redundancy from my role as Head of Talent for British Airways, before I was Headhunted by LEON Restaurants as their first Head of Training.
8 months later that role was made redundant and my last day was the beginning of December, “Merry Christmas”!
Did I sit on the sofa in my pyjamas binge watching Netflix, drinking red wine and eating Giant Chocolate Buttons? Of course I did, it was nearly Christmas, no one would be hiring now and I had lots of parties to go to – what was the point?
Gone was the security of having a (very good) salary land in my bank account every month.
Gone was the kudos of my job title.
Gone were my plans for a Merry Christmas (we cancelled our plans, didn’t buy any presents and stayed home).
The second time was harder than the first, I didn’t have the support network that was in place the first time. As I had only been with the business for 8 months, I was paid my notice period of one month’s salary and I had very limited savings.
When 2018 rolled around, I put down the wine, got off the sofa and dug out my notebooks that contained everything I had learned during my first redundancy. If I did not have this to fall back on, I’m not sure I would have got back on my feet so quickly.
I’ve learned a lot during this time, I have developed a range of techniques to make decisions about what was next for me, all of which I share with my clients as we work together.
In less than a year, I built a successful business and now spend my days working with my amazing clients to help them to achieve their targets. I LOVE it.
In less than a year, I built a successful business and now spend my days working with my amazing clients to help them to achieve their targets.