The pace of change both in the workplace and more broadly in society is getting quicker and quicker there is no doubt about that. This seemingly never ending cycle of mergers, acquisitions and restructuring, the consequential layoffs and the application of technological change in the recruitment process has added some layers of complexity and time to the process of getting a job which puts both those seeking work and those still in the workforce ( the victims and survivors) under increasing pressure . Undoubtedly one of the elements of " Future Shock " referred to by Alvin Toffler in his great book.
So this means that you have to find a solution and given the increasing level of complexity associated with finding a job one option is to start your own business. I went down this path I will admit initially for pragmatic compliance reasons as my wife and I agreed that we wanted to remain in Bahrain so that our son could finish his education but I have, in setting this business up, been fortunate to meet some great people and it is an option to dealing with the situation that you find yourself in . In fact it comes down to a simple proposition. The only person you can trust to secure your income is you. In fact when you hit a certain age it may become the only game in town. I am no expert in setting up a business, all I can do is pass on some of my own observations which are:
(1) It is not easy and it takes time - Building brand awareness is key in the modern age and I have spent a fair bit of time on that this year and am pleased to say I am starting to see the benefits now
(2) Define the services you wish to offer and develop a plan around them. Be prepared to modify the plan as you go along
( 3) Network with as many people as you can
(4) Make sure your " radar" is always on and tuned for opportunities
( 5) Make sure you stay up to date with your industry and your profession
(6) Make sure you differentiate yourself from your competitors
(7) Don't be afraid to seek partners and investors to get the job done.
There are other points as well but these are the main ones that resonate with me. Starting a business is not for everybody but it is an option . It will also help to close the dreaded resume gap if you are still seeking full time employment and give you a good and cogent reason for this period of time if you are asked that question
However you choose to deal with this issue remember the key is a positive attitude and don't give up hope or lose sight of your objective. I will conclude by quoting Toffler
"You've got to think about big things while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction."