Coronavirus: How we dealt with redundancy in the lockdown

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Tom and Danielle were both made redundant during the pandemic


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. “

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Danielle Kelly Keener

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.”

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Tom Amber

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Tom tries to see his redundancy as a positive thing


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.

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Lucy Hart

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Lucy was fired last year


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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