Every day, the odds get better that you know someone who's lost their job, which is a scary prospect at the best of times. But there can be benefits to an unexpected swerve in your career path. The BBC News Magazine profiles four people whose redundancy inspired them to seek new and inspiring jobs. Insurance broker turned gardener Neil Miller sums up the benefits:
now I can understand how people can love their job . . . Not one day do I think I've had an awful day."
That might seem like cold comfort if you've just been given the bad news by your boss, but it's a reminder that changing careers can often be a positive step.