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The global economy has been greatly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, with many resources being modified and reallocated. On an individual level, many of us have been trying to make sense of the impact that this is having on our careers, especially those who are in a career transition.

Understanding one’s career transitions is already challenging in “normal” times, let alone while the world is “recovering” from a pandemic. Understanding the different opportunities can feel overwhelming, and naturally so. The labour market is currently very volatile and this makes us reflect even more. That is why it is always highly encouraged to keep in touch with one’s personal interests and see how these align with the ever-changing labour market trends.

But how should you move forward?

  • Do some research

Look into how the different changes have impacted and/or are still impacting the industry that you are interested in. Research how this is shifting and adapting in order to thrive in these trying times. Many industries have had to make major changes, such as technologically, in order to survive. You should thus also consider pivoting your goals to align with such changes. It is essential to keep an open mind about the roles that interest you.

If there are specific companies you are interested in, research them to understand what they stand for and what their aims are. This may be done by viewing their online platforms and also by speaking to people who are currently working with the company. By such research you will understand better the company culture and whether it is what you would like to associate yourself with.

Job searches have also always been an important source of information. They provide a lot of valid information about the important skills that employers value (both technical and personal), so you can evaluate which of these skills you possess, and which you need to work on. Furthermore, job searches provide up to date insight into the jobs which are currently on demand. This is something which is especially important during this very volatile labour market scenario.

  • Create a plan

After doing all the online and people research, you need to spend some time on personal reflection. It is important to recognise where you stand with the skills that the current labour market needs and if you need to work on them, start immediately! Remember, that upskilling and reskilling are always necessary, but especially so now that many things have had to change so suddenly and quickly.

Make use of the different resources available to you. Online resources are good but be cautious of the seriousness of the content you are looking at. You may also look into the possibility of following a course. Currently, lots of training courses, seminars, workshops etc. are being offered online, so it is good to take advantage of this possibility.

Resources

Ec.europa.eu. 2020. EURES – Tips for Adapting your Job Search Post COVID-19 – EURES – News on the European Job Market – European Commission. [online] Available at: https://ec.europa.eu/eures/public/news/-/asset_publisher/L2ZVYxNxK11W/content/tips-for-adapting-your-job-search-post-covid-19?inheritRedirect=false

Longo, L., 2020. Building Career Resilience during a Pandemic. A Step-By-Step Guide to Conducting Labour Market Research. [online] Available at: https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/responsibilities-may-include/building-career-resilience-during-a-pandemic/

Sheppard, B., 2020. A 4-Step Guide to Thriving in the Post-COVID-19 Workplace. [online] World Economic Forum. Available at: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/05/workers-thrive-covid-19-skills/

Ann Julene Hili is a Career Guidance Practitioner with Willingness. She specializes in working with teens and young adults who are in their educational and career transitions. She can be contacted on annjulene@willingness.com.mtor call us on 79291817.