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TerryAnne Chebet: Getting fired devastated me, but I got back on my feet

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TerryAnne Chebet Career: Over the past few weeks, hundreds of journalists have been sent home. Granted losing a job is never an easy pill to swallow. It is even harder when you lose your job in the middle of a pandemic. But perhaps one of the most popular media personalities who knows too well the pain of losing a high flying job is TerryAnne Chebet.

The former Citizen TV anchor TerryAnne Chebet lost her job at Citizen TV in 2016. A few months down the line, she opened up on how losing the job impacted her and how she overcame. Here is what she said back then, that could help you forge ahead if you’ve recently lost your job.

According to Chebet, staff at Citizen knew that there was going to be downsizing of staff, but she never thought she would be among those to be laid off.

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“We all knew there was going to be downsizing, but you never think it is going to be you,” she said. She went on to explain that since you’re never really ready to be fired, there are a lot of tears involved.

According to Chebet, her retrenchment came as a complete surprise to her and after news of her dismissal reached her, she revealed it broke her down.

“I was sure there was no way I could be retrenched” she stated. “I went straight to my room, locked it and cried. Unajua ile crying ya sauti ya ushago?” she said. “Over 100 of us were fired but everyone’s attention was focused on me.” Ms. Chebet, however, overcame this setback to set her two firms on the path to success.

She owns Scarlet Digital, which is a social media and branding firm, and skin car company, Keyara Organics. Chebet launched Keyara a few months before losing her job at Citizen. “I have always been interested in entrepreneurship. My first business was selling mitumba clothes which I started shortly after completing my KCSE,” she said. TerryAnne Chebet Career.

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