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The Experience of Unemployment

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Career Development is a challenging and important career because it deals with peoples’ futures. Practitioners help clients develop plans, identify options and make decisions that may impact their lives for years to come. The challenges of this task are compounded by the complex emotions that accompany job loss and prolonged unemployment.

Although it is called a “cycle”, the emotional ride of job loss and unemployment is more that of a roller coaster! The emotions (stages) of job loss are similar to the emotions (stages) of any grieving process. Kubler-Ross (1969) identified five stages of grieving: denial, anger, bargaining, depression [includes self-blame] and acceptance. Amundson and Borgen (1982) and other theorists have added some additional stages that arise from the job search process: enthusiasm, stagnation, frustration, apathy. As Career Practitioners, recognizing the stages of job loss and the emotions that accompany them can help increase our empathy with the client and enable us to offer the appropriate support to help them move through the less productive stages to more positive action.

In this course you will review the range of emotional responses to job loss and unemployment and reflect upon the behavioural implications.