Do not (choose to) try this at home.
In the immortal words of one Forrest Gump, “Shit happens”.
I was recently reminded of this when I found myself unexpectedly, unceremoniously unemployed. Which, for the record, is not fun.
By way of explanation, I would like to clarify that I was not stealing staplers from the office and my former employer was not in the wrong – my contract was just unexpectedly not renewed because, despite being very happy with my performance, I still have half a day of uni this year, which was inconvenient for my former team. Understandable, but utterly unexpected and utterly… upsetting.
So, I abruptly found myself in a situation that I never anticipated or hoped to experience: unemployment.
In addition to not having an income, there are a few other downsides I’ve experienced courtesy of unemployment: (more…)