[Edit] To clarify, I was made redundant in October and I was offered full-time work again in December. This is me reflecting on my time out of work now that I am back in it. Sorry for that confusion but thank you for the well-wishes for the job search. [/Edit]
1. Getting a part-time job as a waitress or shop assistant whilst studying will give you skills to fall back on in the future. Not only did waitressing and bar work give me extra money whilst studying, when I got made redundant it provided me with the experience to get a bar job while I looked for a full-time position.
8. Promising yourself a big present with your redundancy money is great motivation for getting a new job as quickly as possible (like the trip to Amsterdam I'm currently on). Saying that however....
9. I do want to clear up something about my job hunt. I had been looking for a while as I had hated my previous job, and upon redundancy a few people (untactfully said) "This is probably the kick up the bum you need". OH HOLD THE PHONE NOW! Even before my redundancy I have been working my butt off trying to secure a new job that I wouldn't moan to my friends about. What redundancy did was it just gave me more hours in the day to look and do things to enhance my CV.
10. I realised just how lucky I am to have such a supportive group of people around me. I had friends send me links to suitable job adverts and friends who looked over applications for me. You're help didn't go unnoticed and I'm so grateful to have you in life. I hope I can give you the same help one day.
BONUS POINT ELEVEN. I hated my last job, and even though redundancy was scary I was bloody glad to close the door on that chapter of my life. Having a job you despise (especially a full time one) really takes a hammer to your happiness levels. I'm feeling a lot more alive now that the place I spend 40 hours a week doesn't make me want to gauge my eyes out.
For the first time in a long time I'm actually happy, and that's the biggest silver lining I could have gotten from this. Everything worked out for the better and I hope that if you're facing redundancy it does for you too.