Deal with Changes

The Donkey Story:
One day a farmer’s donkey fell into a well. The farmer frantically thought what to do as the stricken animal cried out to be rescued. With no obvious solution, the farmer regretfully concluded that as the donkey was old, and as the well needed to be filled in anyway, he should give up the idea of rescuing the beast, and simply fill in the well. Hopefully the poor animal would not suffer too much, he tried to persuade himself.
The farmer asked his neighbours help, and before long they all began to shovel earth quickly into the well. When the donkey realized what was happening he wailed and struggled, but then, to everyone’s relief, the noise stopped.
After a while the farmer looked down into the well and was astonished by what he saw. The donkey was still alive, and progressing towards the top of the well. The donkey had discovered that by shaking off the dirt instead of letting it cover him, he could keep stepping on top of the earth as the level rose. Soon the donkey was able to step up over the edge of the well, and he happily trotted off.

Life tends to shovel dirt on top of each of us from time to time. The trick is to shake it off and take a step up.

Transitions in life can be stressful for anyone. The information here can help you with work changes to lower the stress.

Job security is not certain in this new world of work.  You may lose your job through no fault of your own, or with little or no warning. Other life events like losing a loved one, a growing family, or having to move to a new city can cause a lot of stress and affect your career.

You may have things in your life that you are not sure how to handle.  Support services can help you with child care, health care, transportation, and other needs.  It's a good thing that you do not have to face these changes alone. There are many resources available to help you.

Use the Identifying Barriers (pdf) worksheet to help identify areas that you may feel are keeping you from where you want to be.

Your librarian or career coach may be able to help you find these services. 

  • Find services for the recently unemployed.
  • Get immediate help from employment and training resources.
  • Join employment programs that fit your unique needs.
  • Learn ways to stay emotionally and physically healthy during a job transition.
  • Find local social services near you, and connect with family and community services.

Don't be afraid to ask for help by using the resources below.

Job search support services:

To access other resources:

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