Dr. Lecrone
newspaper articles
recommended books
writing & speaking
all about me
email me
Bringing you the psychological resourceshealthy living

Go Back   Hap Lecrone Articles On Psychological Resources | I am an experienced Clinical Practitioner, Administrator, Professional Writer, and Lecturer. I consult to attorneys, business, industry, educational and healthcare facilities and have the ability to work independently or with a team when consulting. > Article Listing > Healthy Behavior

Tools Search This Article
Old 08-11-2009, 12:41 PM
Written By: Dr LeCrone
Default Making Job Loss A Positive Learning Experience

Dear Dr. LeCrone:

I was laid off from my upper management manufacturing job about a year ago, and my savings are almost depleted. I have really tried, but I have not been able to find a job utilizing my past education and experience and that offers benefits that enable me to maintain my current lifestyle.

The thought of working in a job that requires very little education or experience and comparative low pay is beyond my comprehension. My lowered self-esteem has caused me to experience a lack of initiative and extreme pessimism about my future. Please address this problem, which I believe is being experienced by many people at this time.

-A reader in Ohio

Dear Reader:

My personal and professional experiences both relate to your situation.

After completing my master’s degree in psychology, I diligently entered the job market only to find that there were no jobs available in my line of work.

My forthcoming marriage necessitated a radical shift in my career plans, as I had no intention of taking a bride without some means of supporting her. Facing no other options, I began working for minimum wage in 100 degree heat loading sacks of wheat into box cars. Taking this job necessitated shedding my pride in order to open a door that an oversized ego would have kept shut.

One of the many things that I learned from this experience was the need to broaden my skills and prepare for a lifetime of career diversity. Continuing my formal graduate education, which resulted in a doctorate, was one outcome of this fortuitous experience. It also helped me see the need to become a lifelong learner.

Over the years I have known many people who had to ratchet down their employment expectations and take a job, or even several jobs, that required less education and/or experience for less money. These humbling experiences can serve as very valuable milestones in a person’s life. Often, a job loss can lead to new education and training, a shift in career focus and, most importantly, a healthy re-evaluation of your whole perspective on the truly important things you should look for in your future.

Stumbling and even falling in life give us an opportunity to learn to maintain better balance, one of life’s greatest virtues. Walt Disney is said to have coined the phrase: “Change is inevitable, growth is optional.”

Harold H. LeCrone, Jr., Ph.D. Copyright © 2009

Tools Search This Article
Search This Article:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Article Author Category Replies Recent Article
Dealing With The Grief Of Job Loss Dr LeCrone Healthy Thinking 0 01-07-2009 06:13 PM
Job Loss Dr LeCrone Changing Behavior 0 07-07-2006 02:10 PM
How to make the most of losing your job Dr LeCrone Healthy Behavior 0 06-02-2006 08:30 PM
Unemployment more than just loss of job Dr LeCrone Changing Behavior 0 06-02-2006 08:02 PM
Evaluate job performance, value at work Dr LeCrone Changing Behavior 0 05-31-2006 02:40 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:35 PM.

Powered by vBulletin Version 3.5.3
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.