I have to admit, we watch National Geographic’s program Doomsday Preppers. Yes, it seems a bit over-the-top, but there are some interesting moments. In case you haven’t stumbled across this show yet, warning, it’s edutainment – 50% education and 50% entertainment. Preppers, as they call themselves, stockpile food and take other proactive measures to protect themselves and their families in case of a disaster. So, I am going to try and draw the connection here.
Preparing for the Unexpected or Unimaginable
Most job seekers I’ve met were not prepared for a career catastrophe. They missed the warning signs, didn’t think it would ever happen to them, or believed the company leaders when they said the company or their jobs would be OK. As a result, the loyal, dedicated, hard-working employee was caught flat-footed- No plan, little savings, and an insignificant network.
These job seekers scramble to pull a plan together under the stress and pressures of unemployment and attempt to create a web of connections outside of their past company. I’ve seen this “too little, too late” approach result in extended unemployment, which in turn, leads to lack of confidence. And this is an awful cycle to be in. Do you know what it will take to start a job search?
Why Is Prepping Worth Your Time & Effort?
The Preppers featured in Doomsday Preppers often say that having a plan gives them piece of mind. That’s why I am writing this. I am hoping that you will see how and why it is worth investing your time today to prepare for an almost inevitable catastrophic event in your career.
You can read the full list of proactive measures and supplies to stockpile in case you find yourself suddenly without a job on today’s US News & World Report’s post.