A sudden change in your identity is a big deal.
I’ve removed a comment on this for legal reasons I’d urge all my readers to exercise extreme caution and not jump to conclusions that could put you at risk.
Likewise also had my own career ‘jolt’ a couple of weeks ago and it’s good to remember you are much more than your last job… xx
Found this piece really helpful (I've been recovering from a career blow recently) - thank you for reframing it in my mind and encouraging self-compassion!
It really helped to read this today. If someone with as stellar a career as yourself is having the same thoughts that I am, then whilst it's not great that we punish ourselves with such negative self talk and lack of self believe, but at least it makes me feel less alone or that I'm losing my grip!
I wish I could have read this in 2017 when I went through this exact same thing. I remember hating the feeling of others discussing your future. And for anyone experiencing this for the first time - indeed it is time that really helps.
Dear Jo - can totally relate to this - also had that horrid dumped feeling when I left the Sunday Times, I couldn't help feeling sorry for Schofield, but like you I am also now very grateful as I really love my new life and feel much more essentially myself and fulfilled. So to anyone reading this, there is good life on the other side!
Smell the career death - brilliant