Confusion, fear, financial problems, lack of trust, mental health issues – All of these are just part of the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic that has swept the world. It has turned our world upside down and we were all so unprepared. So where does that leave us in terms of career choices and study pathways. If nothing else this has made us all sit up and realise that although we cannot predict such major trauma we do know that we must become resilient to change. We need to sit back and tack a good look at a) where are the opportunities now and b) where should be be aiming in terms of study towards transitioning and even looking at emerging career options.
Certainly one thing is for sure and that is that we know how important technology is and with that cyber security. Keeping information safe. We also need to focus on our communication skills because we will be having to work harder to encourage our clients to buy product and or service from us through social media as we simply cannot take risks meeting face to face. We need to work harder and smarter. The other area of course are all the fields relating to psychology where we know already that people are struggling with loss, grief, isolation and basically control of their own lives.
The use of technology to assist individuals with their trauma relating to the pandemic as well as trying to build a life again, will result in more work out there for individuals working in psychology, counselling, community services, mental health and youth work. Therefore if this area interests you now would be a good opportunity to work on either further study or how you could develop your skills to move into this field.
The good news is that now is the opportunity to make opportunities for yourself. If you have any new ideas emerging around technology or social science, now is the time to act! Do your research and develop new business ideas. It is also a time to look at further study that might help enhance what you currently do.
Job opportunities at the moment for a quick decision could be any of the following fields:-
This is the time to do some thinking and work on a study/career pathway in readiness for when COVID-19 is no more and we can get on with life. We can also in the short term find work in many other fields.
Be safe and patient but dont just sit back – start researching and start planning now and for your future.
Looking forward!! That is how we should view careers for the future. We live in a disposable world. This means that virtually at the same rate as the newest technology comes out jobs will come and go. We are changing in how we work where we work and becoming more and more responsible for managing our study and career. So what is different now as opposed to say ten years ago. We have to work harder and smarter, ensuring that we keep on top of study and more importantly what is happening in the labour market. Aware of the newest programs, and skills that will be required for up and coming professions. One thing is for sure. We need to do our research. Ensuring that we know what are the emerging careers coming up and maybe we might have some new and inventive ideas of our own that could also be relevant. “Seize the day” Dont just ponder do your research and find out about what these emerging careers are and what kind of skills and attributes are required to follow areas of interest. Change, (GET USED TO IT) be ready, and able to change. Dont be left behind.
Empoyers are looking for people who can think two or three steps ahead and who are full of creative ideas along with how to structure those ideas into reality. When you are at an interview now an employer is looking for someone who has a dversity of skills and can communicate effectively how they view their future looking with the company. Make it your mission to know about up and coming new technology and smarter ways to develop business. Know the competition and how you might look at getting the edge over them. Be on your toes all the time and be ready. If you are not you could miss out on opportunity. Start the changes now or YOU WILL become a disposable item.