Young people are the most affected by rising unemployment, with 16-24 year olds losing more jobs than any other age group. Radio 1 Newsbeat spoke to some of them about what it feels like to be fired in the event of a pandemic.
Danielle Kelly Keener lost her job as a flight attendant. Twice.
“I was with British Airways until March, when I was made redundant,” she says.
“And then I was supposed to start with EasyJet in the midst of pandemic and lockdown, and they made me redundant before I could even start with them.
“I feel like I might have to take a little break for a while and wait for the industry to pick up before I can consider applying for another airline. “
Danielle says it has been a very difficult time for her colleagues in the airline industry, but they have been in constant contact, offering each other emotional support.
“It’s a shame because I wanted to make it my career – it suited my lifestyle and my personality.
“It’s pretty degrading knowing that I have to find a job for money, which I think might put me down a bit, but I’ll try to stay positive,” she says.
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She says the uncertainty of not knowing whether she was going to lose her job increased her anxiety – and there have been a lot of “ups and downs between a positive state of mind and a state of stress.”
Tom Amber lost his marketing role during the pandemic, which was his first job since graduating last year.
“I was initially frustrated because I was laid off before the leave program expired and my business had increased revenue last year,” he says.
“We get the impression that a lot of companies are not very human or do not take into account the Covid situation. ”
But Tom is going to take the setback and turn it into a positive.
Rather than looking for a new job, he will take the layoff money and use it to travel to South East Asia.
“I never thought I had the funds to travel properly, so it changed my outlook.
“Two weeks before the announcement of my layoff I was in the process of getting a mortgage, now I’m prepared not to have one for several years,” he says.
A layoff happened to Lucy Hart for the second time last year – but it has taught her some practical tips that she believes could be useful for those who are feeling anxious about finding a new job.
She has spent a lot of time working in start-ups, which often fold if they don’t make a profit.
“It was all a bit shocking – I never really prepared for what would happen if I suddenly didn’t have my job,” she says.
“I thought I had two months to find a job and get one, which is a big difference for that stuff.
Lucy says she’s learned a lot about how to prepare if you think you might lose your job.
“It’s worth doing some preparations, like updating your CV in advance,” she says.
“One thing I find useful is to jot down your accomplishments in the position you currently hold – putting together a bulleted list.
“Also start conversations with people who work at companies that interest you, not necessarily by officially applying, but by following people on LinkedIn and contacting you. ”
She says you shouldn’t be nervous talking to your employer because they might get an idea of other jobs you might be suitable for in your industry or where you might find work.
And one last tip?
“Save enough for two months rent – it was a surprise to me! “
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