A former oil and gas recruitment specialist, who has been made redundant five times through the downturn, has put together an event to help others struggling to cope with job loss.
David Wynn is hosting the not for profit “Take Action Now” event in Aberdeen next week, in support of the Ditch Debt with Dignity charity.
The group helps those people who have been met with redundancy and were unprepared for it.
The event, at Provender House at Waterloo Quay next Thursday, will include Q&A sessions as well as networking.
Mr Wynn, a recruitment and business development professional who has held positions with BP, KCA Deutag and Taqa, will be speaking along with performance and confidence coach Theresa Day.
He believes that the downturn has given him strong experience to help others facing similar problems.
He said: “I’ve lost five jobs on the bounce mainly through redundancy and market downturn, so I’ve seen it.
“I’ve been in that position where I have been unprepared and needed to think about what I needed to do next, but then I had better conversations with myself and others about the opportunities that are out there.
“Doing the event is about understanding that there is a need and me wanting to do something about it. I feel I’m as best placed as anyone.”
Mr Wynn, who now runs his own business, the BD Coach, providing professional support services to a range of clients, says the first two job losses were the hardest.
“The first couple were more difficult to deal with because I had never gone through that experience before. The first redundancy was a bit of a shock. It was in 2014 when I was with Taqa but I was given a bit of a payoff so I had time to look for something else.
“The next one at Hunting Energy Services was on my birthday, a couple of weeks before my wedding. I was under quite significant pressure to find something quickly, that one was the most difficult to deal with from an emotional perspective.”
Mr Wynn says the requirement for Ditch Debt with Dignity’s services has grown significantly in recent years.
He’s encouraging as many people as possible to attend.
He added: “The main point is in the title, don’t wait. Take action now. If people want to make a change then they need to go and do something about it. Come along to hear what we have to say, we want to overcome as many challenges as we can.”
More information about the event can be found here.