Navigating the Unpredictable: How to Thrive Amid Organisational Changes

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November 28, 2023

Navigating the Unpredictable: How to Thrive Amid Organisational Changes
Navigating the Unpredictable: How to Thrive Amid Organisational Changes

Navigating the Unpredictable: How to Thrive Amid Organisational Changes

As we head towards the end of the year and the transformations this can bring, Rob Hockedy has some tips on how to best navigate change.

Australian major banks have reported strong full year results despite increasing margin and cost pressure, but in today's dynamic job market, uncertainties often lurk around the corner. All organisations evolve, restructures occur, and sometimes individuals find themselves facing unexpected career shifts, including falling victim to redundancy. In these moments, the feeling of being adrift in a sea of unknowns can be daunting. However, with resilience and strategic actions, these challenges can be transformed into opportunities for growth and reinvention, for both individuals and organisations.  

Whilst many of the clients we work with across banking, funds management, private capital, corporates and government have secured a bolt hold in the market, many even experiencing a strong period of growth and expanding local capabilities, this is not always the case. Many people in the market have or may face the impact of an organisational restructure at some stage throughout their professional life.  Here are some important tips to focus on:

Embrace Resilience & Emotional Agility

When facing workforce changes beyond your control, acknowledging your emotions is the first step towards resilience. Allow yourself to process feelings of shock, disappointment, or uncertainty. It’s okay not to have all the answers immediately. Give yourself the grace to adapt to the new reality.

Developing emotional agility, i.e. being flexible with emotions while maintaining focus on long-term goals enables you to navigate uncertainty effectively. Cultivate a mindset that views challenges as learning opportunities. Embrace the idea that setbacks can lead to unexpected pathways toward personal and professional growth.

Strategic Assessment & Adaptation

Take time for a comprehensive self-assessment. Identify your core skills, strengths and areas for development. This introspection will guide your next steps, whether it's pursuing further education, acquiring new skills, or exploring alternative career paths.

Networking becomes crucial during periods of change. Reconnect with former colleagues, join professional groups and seek mentorship. These connections may unveil unanticipated prospects or provide valuable guidance for the next step in your career.


The changing job landscape demands adaptability and continuous upskilling. Invest in acquiring in-demand certifications and stay abreast of industry trends.

Positive Mindset

Maintaining a positive outlook amidst adversity is challenging yet crucial. Practice routines and activities that alleviate stress and foster a balanced lifestyle. Surround yourself with supportive individuals who uplift and encourage your journey through change.

Remember, your value transcends any job title or organisational structure. Your experiences, skills, and resilience define your worth in the workforce.

Network & Research

Tap into your professional network and conduct thorough research about the current state of the industry. Attend industry events, connect with professionals in your field, including trusted recruitment consultants and stay updated with market trends. Understanding where the growth opportunities lie can help you tailor your job search more effectively.

Seizing Opportunities

While navigating workforce uncertainties can be disorienting, it's also a time ripe with possibilities. Embrace change as an opportunity to reassess your goals, redefine success, and embark on a new journey. Be open to unexpected opportunities that might lead to a more fulfilling career path.

By focusing on resilience, adaptability, and continuous growth, you can not only weather the storms of uncertainty but emerge stronger and more prepared for the dynamic future of work.  

Remember, as one door closes, anther one opens and there is still plenty of growth and hiring opportunities in the market and overseas.


Contact Rob or any of the JMES team - we’d love your feedback.