Although the Coronavirus pandemic has impacted peoples livelihoods negatively, it has still provided us with the chance of expanding our horizons and realising fresh, new possibilities.
People tend to have a new perspective of life when they experience and live through unexpected events. This is when they get out of their comfort zone and start to ask important questions about their life. It's no surprise, then, that the COVID-19 pandemic has forced people to re-examine their career choices - turn their hobby into a small side hustle, develop a small business they had always thought about, enrol into a field of study they had always wanted to learn about.
Since the pandemic has created financial hardships and social strain, now might not seem like the right time to reinvent your career. Nevertheless, you stand to reap many benefits if you decide to take initiative and develop your careers during the pandemic.
Take Advantage of the Upsurge in Remote Working
When the pandemic struck, many companies asked their employees to work from home. Although this was supposed to be a short-term measure, some organisations have decided to create a permanent remote-working environment. One reason is that collaborative tools had already been purchased and distributed to employees. Also, many companies found remote teams to be more productive than onsite teams. As a result, about 80% of businesses that allow remote work expect this trend to continue in the long term.
If you want to continue working remotely but your current company dictates that you must go back to your workplace, you may consider selecting a new profession.
Get a More Fulfilling Life
After the lockdown rules were implemented, most people started to spend more time alone. While being in isolation can have humdrum moments, it does give you the opportunity to conduct an extensive analysis of your life's progress. You may come to the conclusion that you are not leading a happy life because you don't enjoy your work.
You will probably have a more fulfilling life if you chose a different career. Consequently, you should make a list of your happiest moments from the last ten years. Then, you can look for a career that can put you in similarly exciting situations.
Have a More Flexible Life
Employees have discovered that they have more flexibility and greater control over their life when they work remotely - and who doesn't love that? The increased autonomy means that you can complete tasks at your own pace.
In addition, you can have more free time to do activities like attend classes or go to webinars. For example, you can hold a virtual meeting with a client and then attend an online class without leaving the comfort of your home.
Have More Defined Priorities
People have lost loved ones, social connections, and jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time of great adversity, many have discovered their true priorities and values.
You may have realised that you have been chasing the wrong things for a long time. Perhaps your priority is not to have a fat salary but to make a positive impact in other people's lives. But before you can start changing the world, you may have to take a new career path.
Create New Networks and Connections
Uploading your resume to a job board with thousands of similar resumes will likely not land you a new job. Your best move can be to form personal and professional relationships with leading players in your industry. Since the COVID-19 pandemic has slashed the workload of these professionals, they will be willing to take your phone calls and respond to your messages.
Now is the time to reach out to old friends, classmates, colleagues, and bosses. These people can give you new insights and referrals that you can use to reinvent your career. Connecting with friends of friends might also be the best way to learn about new opportunities and get a new job.
The coronavirus pandemic has definitely impacted livelihoods, careers, personal health and wellbeing, social lives drastically. However, there is still a bit of light which comes from the situation. It has indeed provided us with the opportunity to start that little side hustle we had been putting off for so long, take time in developing a new skill or hobby, develop new streams of incomes, realise the potential of new beginnings.