Monday, 30 October 2017 / Northern Ireland, UK

Being Fired & Why It Was The Best Thing That Happened To Me

Let's be realistic here, being fired at the time... was most definitely not the best thing that had ever happened to me. I had spent months upon months applying and re-applying for jobs, attending interview after interview with little success, but just as I felt things had started looking up - I got the sack. I had been pushed into accepting a job I knew absolutely nothing about and didn't necessarily want in the first instance, but there I was again... slaving over a hot food counter wishing the ground would open up and swallow me whole. Not only had I put my goals on the back-burner for this shit part-time job, I felt as though I had busted my ass for a business that wanted me out as soon as I had walked through their door. I bet your thinking it couldn't have been that bad, well... do you know how long that job lasted? It lasted a mere four weeks, four weeks of hell before I was out on my ear and back to being jobless and broke again.

There's this saying; 'everything happens for a reason' and it's quite funny to me actually, because I can remember a time where I would have smirked at this, rolled my eyes and possibly brushed it off. Now it is my reality.

I could sit and I could blame the loss of this particular job for a lot of things; but it did give me the self-reflection that I needed. I admittedly wasn't the best person for the job because it wasn't me, it wasn't something I wanted to do nor did I ever imagine myself doing. Being in that position highlighted my weaknesses, weaknesses I never really knew that I had and it made me question a variety of things about my life, it made me question what I wanted, but I knew if I wanted another job that I would have to get my act together and I did.

Being pushed out of a job pushed me down a path that I needed to take and it helped me overcome the fear of taking career risks, because isn't that what life is all about? Life is about risk taking and trying again. I got up, I dusted myself off and I persevered. I continued to apply for jobs that I felt were closer to my areas of interest and abilities and I even went back to College as a means of giving myself focus.

It's strange how things work out, I mean... I never imagined I would ever work in retail or at the Perfume Shop for that matter, because I had no experience. But, it was at this job that I sort-of found my feet. I became passionate about writing, photography and digital marketing and I became passionate about working with new people and selling a product. I even managed to find friends for life at the Perfume Shop, who inspire me every single day to do better and I honestly don't think I would be sitting here on a Friday night, frantically typing up a blog post if it weren't for my job and the people in it. I wouldn't be pursuing blogging, or pursuing running my own photography business if it weren't for my manager and deputy manager giving me that push to move forward.

If I have taken anything away from this; it's that I need to do more for myself, I need to take every single day as it comes, whether it's good or bad because I know I'll regret it if I don't do things for myself when I can.

Have you ever been fired? How did you deal with it?


  1. I'm so glad that things have really worked out for you! It sounds like your manager is really supportive too, which is so nice

    Steph -

    1. Thank you Steph! Both managers are incredible, I'd definitely consider them as friends rather than work colleagues x

  2. I have never been fired before well, I haven't even started working yet but I'm glad that everything works out well in the end for you! Not everyone has the same positivity outlook of life like you. If I were to be fired, I would end up moping in bed for months.

    1. Thank you Nurul! I have to admit my outlook wasn't always as positive; I had my fair share of moping around about it and it definitely knocked my confidence a bit, but I couldn't afford to let something so minor set me back. I couldn't be happier in my current job! x

  3. I've not ever been fired but I've been stuck at a job that was completely damaging to my mental health and when I left I got so much perspective! X

  4. I think we've all had that one job that's been damaging to our mental health, I mean I certainly did - I had a few in-fact! But I'm glad that you quit & found happiness, that's the most important thing x


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