Strategic Job Resilience: How Career Cushioning Boosts Professional Sustainability

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Career cushioning is described exactly as it sounds. It means creating a cushion for your career just in case something bad happens. Though nobody expects anything bad to happen in their workplace, sometimes there are circumstances beyond one’s control that can affect one’s career. Importantly, it should not limit your focus or performance in your current job, especially if you apply the concept correctly.

Ways That Career Cushioning Can Be Applied

You can be fully committed to a job while having career cushioning as an option. But it would require learning new skills and brushing up on old ones to match the requirements.

Finding time to job hunt for freelance positions is another way to go about it. It is just you and your computer keeping tabs on websites with job listings.

Pros of Career Cushioning

  • It is a backup that leaves you feeling supported. This ensures you have something to rely on even if you become unemployed by losing your job.
  • It is always a go-to for additional earnings as it can help supplement your salary.
  • You build connections beyond your office.

Cons of Career Cushioning

  • It leaves you focused on job opportunities, so your attention is often divided no matter how much you try.
  • If your employer finds out, it may affect their trust in your credibility.
  • It makes you undergo more mental tasks than just focusing on your work.

According to Better Up, finding a career alternative isn’t entirely bad or good. But it helps with your income. However, there are times when you should consider career cushioning, irrespective of your commitment to your job. They include:

  • When there is news of people getting laid off in the office.
  • When you feel mentally drained and would love to try something new.
  • When your earnings are below your standard of living.

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