Getting fired from any job is hard—we all have to pay bills, right? But losing one you've been dreaming about for years, one you fought tooth and nail for can be downright devastating.
Whether we admit it or not, we all have dream jobs, or at least ideal workplace situations. But, as we all know, not everything goes according to plan. Suddenly, you find yourself cleaning your office desk and leaving the job you worked so hard to get. What do you do next?
Allow yourself to grieve.
It's crucial for you to spend the next few days (sometimes even weeks) experiencing every feeling: sadness, anger, and maybe even bitterness. As tempting as it is, you should not be jumping into any other job that comes your way because in order for you to excel in a new occupation, you have to be fully healed. And that just doesn't happen overnight.
Avoid social media as much as you can.
Social media is the last thing you need during a low point. One of the disadvantages of scrolling through Instagram is the way you automatically compare our lives to others. Yes, even if you probably already know that not everything you see on social is real. Seeing your friends or ex-officemates enjoying the lives they can afford (because they're still employed) will only slow your healing process down.
Look at it from a different perspective.
When your emotions are heightened, it's easy to feel like the world is conspiring against you. But if you think about it, this is an opportunity to try something new and see what else is out there. Maybe you have a hobby you could turn into a business opportunity or a different career path you might be curious enough to pursue. The possibilities are endless, and who knows, you might find yourself getting excited for the future.
Request honest feedback.
Once you're more levelheaded, try reaching out to your mentors and former colleagues to ask for their honest feedback on your work ethics. Warning: Some of their comments might be hard to accept, but if you really want to be better at what you do, one way to do so is to accept your shortcomings.
Make changes where you can.
That said, you don't have to *completely* change the way you work. People have different working styles. Pay attention to what they have to say, and take in the advice that'll boost your career—without sacrificing who you are.
Plan your next career move.
Before your next job hunt, is there anything you want to do first? Any skill you want to develop or build on? Maybe you have a reading list you've always wanted to finish or podcasts you've been dying to check out? But whatever it is, make sure it'll benefit you and your career. Use this time to learn so you can bounce back with a stronger mindset, ready to take on your next professional challenge.
You've got this.