With talks between the government and Gardaí representatives not looking likely to avert a strike this Friday, talk has quickly moved on to contingency planning for this eventuality. Who will step in if there is civil unrest this Friday? Who will carry out police duties in our airports? Who will help ensure that ATM machines are fully stocked this weekend?
It is literally all hands on deck in the next few days to ensure that an appropriate contingency plan is formulated, communicated and implemented by Friday this week.
Do you have your own contingency career plan?
On an individual level it is very important to have a contingency career plan in the event of say an economic shock which could lead to unexpected redundancies. With Brexit coming down the tracks (I was going to say rapidly but this is clearly not the case!) many employees are feeling uneasy in regards their future, especially if their main export market is the UK market. They have already begun to see the effect with sterling at a record low and likely to fall even further when and if Article 50 is triggered in March. Even if Article 50 is triggered in March it is estimated that the UK would not leave the EU until summer 2019. What will follow is two years of intense negotiations in unchartered waters where nobody is sure of the final outcome. This uncertainty is causing a lot of anxiety amongst workers both in Ireland (as the UK is our main trading partner) and the UK itself. The possibility exists that these negotiations could result in the UK remaining part of the extended customs union, which would have minimal impact on Irish exporters.
I am of the view that if Scotland were to trigger a second independence vote this could set off a chain of events that will cause the UK government to have a second Brexit vote and who knows the outcome this time round? However, one thing is for certain in these uncertain times that it is imperative to have a career contingency plan. But where do I start?
- Focus on your strengths
Go through your current and past job descriptions with a fine toothcomb. Focus on what was and is required to get your job done effectively on a daily basis. These are your strengths.
- Focus on your achievements
Again go through your CV and highlight the main achievements in your career to date. If these achievements are quantifiable, even better. For example, “Sales increased by 10% as a result of the e-mail marketing campaign I orchestrated”.
- Focus on your skills
Based on your strengths and achievements jot down or type up a full comprehensive list of your skills. Many of these skills could be transferable between industries so this is an extremely important list to have.
- Talk to a good recruitment consultant
Contingency planning has negative connotations for many people. This needn’t be the way. You are preparing for the worst whilst remaining positive in your day to day activities. A contingency plan in your back pocket should contribute to your positivity as you know you have a positive plan of actions should the “worst” materialise.