How To Make the Most Out of Your Unemployment

I remember the feeling of walking into Soho House after I had just officially left my job. I guzzled back three Moscow Mules in the fancy cold metal tin and learned about this new club I was about to join called “funemployment.” I did a quick urban dictionary search to find out what funemployed actually meant.

“Hermina is funemployed, so after her workout on Wednesday morning, she went down to the beach and joined her other laid-off friends for a barbecue with margaritas and horseshoes” read the entry.

Ah, what a sense of freedom I thought initially. But then I realized funemployment wasn’t all that fun. Because I still didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, and going to the beach and slugging back margaritas could get drab after a while. So, I decided to make the most out of my time being unemployed and actually learn stuff. While I’m still not employed at the moment, I’ve taken the time to learn more about myself in the past two months then I could have ever imagined. I wanted to share those tips with you.

  1. Take A Step Back

I graduated school with a degree in Marketing and Magazine Journalism. It’s what I knew I had to get a job in because it was what I studied. However, I never took a step back to reflect on my past two jobs. What was I good at? What could I get better at? What did I like about those jobs? What did I dislike? If you are in between jobs and have the time to actually sit for a moment and think, maybe you will realize what you should be doing has been in front of you the whole time.

2. Work on Yourself

After I left my job, I went to a Tony Robbins seminar called Unleash The Power Within. The three day seminar gave me back a lot of the self confidence I had lost since graduating college. I started a 30 day face your fears challenge and publicized it on my Instagram, something that takes a lot of balls. When you are in between jobs, that is the best time to actually work on yourself because you have the time. Once you start working again, you won’t have the opportunity.

3. Try Something New

While being unemployed, I took up salsa lessons and fell in love with the music. I bought some books to try and teach myself hebrew, something I’ve been meaning to do. I started a fitness blog which I write in every single day. I started studying the human anatomy and fell in love with how the body works. Take the time off to learn what you are passionate about.

4. Reconnect with Those You Put on the Sidelines

I realized that over the past two years I was very self-centered and focused mostly on my career. Now that I have the time to reconnect with some family members, I realized how important it is to have them in my life. Take the time that you are not working to put those relationships at the forefront of your life once again.

5. Shadow and Talk to People

With so much free time on my hands, I’ve had the opportunity to talk to professionals to see if I want to go back to school to study Physical Therapy or if I want to go back into marketing. The time I’ve had away from my job has helped me do this.

So while I may still be “funemployed” I now like to call myself “smartunemployed.” It doesn’t have as nice of a ring to it, but it will do.