It is no secret that the coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of changes in our lives that are now fast becoming the new normal. A lot of the things that used to be typical last year are now deemed unthinkable and highly irresponsible given the present climate we have.
Career-wise, it’s also pretty much the same. A lot of changes took place in the past few months, especially when the lockdown season came. The jobs that most people thought were secure and long-lasting have now become unstable. This led to a lot of people experiencing anxiety and depression that affected their families that some of them needed family therapy to get through this bad episode.
It was the stuff made of nightmares only this time, it’s very real.
Given the abrupt changes society is adapting to, one can only think about what lies ahead for their jobs and careers. With conventional jobs under the threat of COVID-19, what are other alternatives you can consider to still be able to earn and provide for your family’s needs?
New Normal Career Alternatives
At this point in time, our choices in careers and jobs should be well thought of and no longer just for impressing people. While a lot of us made those choices with stability and longevity in mind, the new normal clearly has disrupted the way businesses operate and has upended the conventional jobs we know of.
A lot of folks who were sent home when the lockdowns were implemented took their wares and services online in hopes of earning enough to tide them over the season. When the states reopened, some of them continued to do their online business while others stayed with their online jobs.
With social distancing still in place, it will take quite some time before things go back to the way they used to. While waiting for it, it is best to reconsider what you intend to do at this time. Digital is the way to go, yes. However, that’s not the only alternative you have.
We’ve seen school teachers transition to corporate training. We’ve had several people that are gifted in accounting that became financial advisers. While being doctors is still one of the most coveted jobs today, with the threat of the coronavirus, those who are hesitant to proceed can consider other healthcare options such as radiologic technology. Architects who lost contracts and projects due to the pandemic can reconsider helping the government as an urban planner.
If you’re wondering if it’s too late to shift careers, no it’s not. If there’s one good thing that the pandemic has brought, it is the number of opportunities that we never considered before. Despite the current state of the economy, a lot of jobs have been opened that allowed people to make a living while staying protected.
Making the Jump
Before changing career paths, be sure to give careful thought to what you intend to do as it is not an easy feat to accomplish. You have to put in the work to get into a new line of work.
Do your research. Experts recommend taking a careful look at all the job openings and descriptions in your field of expertise to get a better grasp of what the industry trends are and what employers and recruiters are looking for.
Take advantage of your industry knowledge. It is a lot easier to make a career shift within the same industry you’re in because of all the knowledge and information you already have about that particular field.
Invest in yourself. Upgrade your skills and constantly acquire knowledge about your industry and trade.
Start where you are. Lateral changes are easier to accomplish within the same organization. Before you go looking outside for other opportunities, start where you’re at. Ask the people in your workplace if certain positions are open. In most cases, employers and recruiters would rather promote internally than hire externally.
Despite the difficulties and challenges we’re facing today, keep your heads up for this, too, shall pass. The new normal is just another way of unlocking potential in us that we never knew existed before.
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