What is Career Cushioning?

  |   Patricia Tiernan
Career Cushioning

Career Cushioning is the new buzzword floating around, in particular due to the recent layoffs in the tech industry.

If you lost your job tomorrow, how easy would it be for you to get a new role? What is your market value?

Career Cushioning is all about preparing for the unexpected. It’s about having a plan in place in case your were laid off tomorrrow, so that you’re not caught off guard and left scrambling for a job that you may not want.

One way to create a career cushion is by building a diverse set of skills and experiences. This can include taking on different roles within your current company, as well as pursuing side projects or freelance work outside of your day job. By having a variety of experiences under your belt, you’ll be more equipped to handle unexpected changes and be more attractive to potential employers. What is changing in your Profession, Organisation and Sector. What skills will this demand?

Another important aspect of career cushioning is networking. Building relationships with people in your industry can be a valuable asset in case you need to look for a new job. It’s always a good idea to keep in touch with people you’ve worked with in the past, as well as make connections with people in your field or fields you would like to work in. What is your network like currently? Who would you like to add to your network?

Lastly, it’s essential to always be learning. Keep yourself updated with the latest trends and skills in your field, and invest in yourself with courses or certifications, if your company won’t. This will help you stay competitive in the job market and make you a valuable asset to any company.

It’s important to remember that career cushioning is an ongoing process, and it’s never too early or too late to start. By taking steps to diversify your skills, and network, and continue learning, you’ll be better prepared for whatever career challenges come your way.

Remember, be proactive, plan ahead and keep your options open. And if you’re ever in need of career guidance, don’t hesitate to reach out to a coach like us. We’re here to help you navigate the ups and downs of your career and achieve your goals.