Making the most of a layoff
So you’ve been laid off, and suddenly you have more time on your hands. Before
diving into a frenzied job search, why not consider re-entering the job market at a later
date, and instead, go back to school? This lull in your career may be the perfect
opportunity to expand your horizons and learn new skills and insights. Returning to the
classroom is a great way to keep your mind active, enhance your marketability and
Certainly, furthering your education can help you improve your prospects for re-
employment. By pursuing a degree or coursework that supplements your skills, you
demonstrate your commitment to ongoing development, a desirable attribute from an
employer’s perspective. If you like your line of work, then study something that deepens
your knowledge in your industry. If you want to pursue a new area of interest, find out
what type of training and education are required for the jobs you would like to pursue,
and then go for it.
Once you decide to become a student again, you have mountains of options to
choose from. Download a course catalog from your local university, community college,
business college or trade school, according to your interests. Many programs and
individual courses can be taken online, eliminating the school commute. The Internet
makes researching, applying and even attending classes easier than ever.
Not ready to commit to a class? Consider attending a seminar or professional
conference. These events can be found for virtually every industry and offer both learning
and networking opportunities. Some may be strictly motivational, while others focus on
industry trends and hot topics. A seminar or conference provides an easy way to stay
connected to other professionals and may even give you something to talk about when
you go to your next job interview.
No one is too old (or too cool) for school. Last year, a 95-year-old woman earned
her bachelor’s degree — one that she started working on 30 years earlier. Whatever
academic level you have achieved, you can push yourself further, whether that means
completing your degree, pursuing a higher degree or simply taking courses or attending
seminars in an area of interest.