This book is described as “the essential one-stop shop for anyone needing to create a new and more enjoyable life after experiencing the trauma of redundancy”. Davis’s style is open, thoughtful and fun right from page one.

She starts with defining redundancy and then immediately goes on to how to manage your finances and your time effectively. For many people these two areas are central. Without sorting these basics out, they cannot move on to position themselves in the “marketplace” - whatever that may be.

In chapter five, she asks “what do you really, really want?” and recommends that you must not worry about the how before figuring out the why as you will just talk yourself out of your “brilliant idea” too soon. Good advice indeed as it makes the reader step back and think, rather than getting into action mode immediately.

This book is full of pragmatic, commonsense tips. Obvious ones like “to network well you need to have faith in yourself” are helpful reminders. Davis also offers several chapters on alternative careers.

The book ends with a rich list of references, networks, websites and further reading.

Davis has definitely done her research, which provides a good springboard for those in need of help and information at a difficult time in their careers.

As an experienced HR professional I would recommend this book not just for those looking to structure their career following redundancy but as a practical and motivational toolkit to focus the mind on current career options and future work-life aspirations.

Julia Tybura is managing director of Zenon Consulting.

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