There’s nothing fun about losing your job. Getting laid off can be one of the most stressful experiences that a person faces in his or her entire life. And unfortunately, with the US and Europe facing the toughest job markets we’ve seen in decades (Europe more so than the US currently, but neither is great), unemployment is becoming an all too common occurrence.

The natural reaction to losing a job is scrambling to find another one, of course. In the US, a lot of people are taking lateral or backwards steps in their careers in terms of pay and prestige, simply because the job market is saturated, and “something is better than nothing.” Older folks later into their careers are taking jobs that were previously occupied by recent college grads, often times leaving recent college grads scratching their heads and waiting tables.

But with a little bit of creative thinking, getting laid off doesn’t necessarily have to be a traumatic life event. Take a deep breath and relax. With a different perspective, losing your job could be the perfect opportunity to embark on a new adventure!

Instead of rushing back into a less than satisfying employment situation, perhaps you should take advantage of this time to do some of the things you’ve always wanted to do, but never had the time.  It could be as simple as learning a new skill or hobby.  It could be spending more time with friends or family and loved ones.  For many, it’s travel.  You’ve always wanted to see the great wall of China or the Coliseum in Rome, but you’ve never had the time?  Well now you do!

At LanguageCorps, over the past couple years, we’ve seen a big increase in people in the later stages of life that are interested in teaching English abroad. Fed up with the stress and instability of the Western rat race, more and more people in their 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and beyond are looking into TESOL jobs. Most people think that teaching English abroad is only for recent college grads on a gap year adventure, but that’s no longer the case!

Retired teachers, semi-retired people that aren’t ready for full retirement, and people in between jobs are starting to make up a more significant chunk of our demographic, and we couldn’t be happier to help. Losing your job can spur you towards a significant lifestyle change, and teaching English abroad can be a great way to start!

So if your career prospects aren’t looking as bright as they were a few years ago, don’t fret. Think of it as a new opportunity instead of a burden, and you might be surprised at where your new life will lead.

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