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9/15/2020 10:44 pm  #1

Coronavirus: How we faced redundancy in lockdown

Coronavirus: How we faced redundancy in lockdown

Young people are bearing the brunt of rising unemployment, with 16-24 year olds losing more
jobs than any other age group. Radio 1 Newsbeat has been speaking to some of them
about how it feels when you're made redundant in a pandemic.

Danielle Kelly Keener lost her job as a flight attendant. Twice.

"I was with British Airways until March, when I was made redundant," she says.

"And then I was supposed to be starting with EasyJet mid-pandemic and lockdown, and
they made me redundant before I could even start with them.

"I feel like I might need to take a little break for a while and wait for the industry to pick
up again before I can think about applying for another airline."

Danielle says it's been a really tough time for her colleagues in the airline industry, but
that they've been in constant contact, offering each other emotional support.

"It's a shame because I did want to make this my career - it suited my lifestyle and my

"It's quite degrading, knowing I have to find a job for money, which I feel might bring me
down a little bit but I'm going to try and keep positive," she says.

She says the uncertainty of not knowing if she was going to lose her job has increased her
anxiety - and there's been a lot of "ups and downs between a positive mind set and a
stressed one".

Tom Amber lost his marketing role during the pandemic, which was his first job since
graduating last year.

"I was frustrated initially because I was made redundant before the furlough scheme
expired and my company had grown last year's revenue," he says.

"It feels like lots of corporations are not being very human or factoring in the Covid

But Tom's going to take the setback and turn it into a positive.

Rather than look for a new job, he's going to take the redundancy cash and use it to go
travelling around South East Asia.

"I never thought I'd have the funds to travel properly so this has changed my outlook.

"Two weeks before my redundancy news I was in the process of getting a mortgage, now
I'm willing to not have one for several years," he says.

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