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Trumped: unpredictability and how we cope with it.

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19 Jan 2017
Waking up on the morning of Wednesday 9th November, we were all in for a shock. Donald Trump, the self-confessed ‘badie’ of the US Presidential Election now legitimately had power. Entering into the race as somewhat of a joke he ended the race a victor and finds himself the official leader of the Free World when he is sworn in Friday 20th January.

Now if that doesn’t make you ponder, not much will. “We’ll stay in the EU” they said. “Of course Leicester won’t win the Premiership” and “They’ll never change the shape of Toblerone” – Sometimes things, and occasionally very important things, are more unpredictable than they initially seem! There are so many factors that play into every decision, this creates an element of irregularity that ironically has become commonplace in 2016 and whereby it has been difficult to avoid the idea of adjustment.

Uncertainty, does not only appear on the world stage, it can apply to us all individually – whether it be drinking a new brand of coffee or moving house, you don’t know until you try. Changing roles (either within the same organisation or to pastures news) can be that change we either crave or dread but there is always an element of unpredictability. Sometimes we, as recruiters, can be certain that a particular candidate will get a role because they have all the right experience, but then they don’t get offered.

So how do we cope with such unexpected circumstances?

1. Ask ourselves why this happened. Something can only shock us if we weren’t expecting it. But could we prepare better for the outcome by knowing more in the first place? Or consider alternative outcomes? Are we really aware of what people want and crucially, why? This may help us cope better if and when the surprise occurs.

2. Wait to see what happens!
In our media driven world it is easy to jump to assumptions and believe the attention grabbing headlines. The truth is that when ‘earth-shattering’ events unfold, no one really knows what is going to happen. Of course there are some indicators – post-Brexit the effect on the stock market was noticeable and caused some concern, however these immediate reactions are often temporary and only last a short while. Likewise, whilst first impressions in a job are important, be patient and don’t be disheartened if your first day, week or month has not been quite what you expected.

3. Be positive about new skills you are going to learn and new knowledge you will gain. In a job, whether this is awareness of a new sector, or a better understanding of a new concept, it can be really positive to try something new and to give yourself a new challenge. In regard to shockwaves in current affairs, we might be able to gain a better appreciation for something we were not aware of before and it can provide a new perspective.
4. You may love it. Apart from just elevating the negatives these changes could be brilliant. It is easy to be comfortable and more often than not this stops us from changing things, however the rewards can far outweigh the risks or uncertainties.

In a time where it appears people are looking for something new, a change to the status quo and a new voice, what better time to also consider a career move?

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