Harvard Business Review: How People Redirect Their Careers After Getting Laid Off

Job displacement is fast becoming a much discussed issue, with an increasing number of individuals losing their jobs as a result of the conditions of the current corporate environment. As detailed within this article by authors Crosina and Pratt, this has been occurring due a wide range of issues that are leaving people forced to decipher how to move on from this new obstacle in their careers.

Harvard Business Review has resultantly conducted research into the actions of these people, theorising a series of patterns and behaviours displayed by individuals after they initially lose their jobs. Their main deduction derived from this research is the classification of those displaced into two categories: recreators and repurposers.

They state that once people begin rebuilding their careers, they look back at their previous roles and decide what they want to bring into their new jobs. Those who wish to rebuild the same experience are classed as recreators, with some going as far as working with the same people in the same way. Repurposers use their displacement as an opportunity, with some people forming an entrepreneurial path and reinventing their careers with a different approach.

To read the conclusion that Crosina and Pratt came to following their research, find the article here: https://bit.ly/2Ipb8oK

Crosina, E. and Pratt, G.P. (2019). “How People Redirect Their Careers After Getting Laid Off”, Harvard Business Review. 10/04/2019.


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