Jobs down by 42% post Lockdown in Covid-19
- May 11, 2020
- Posted by: Vipul Jain
- Category: Uncategorized
If you’re wondering whether you’re alone in this pandemic of lost internships & jobs, know that you’re not. Unemployment in this pandemic is at 23% with about 100-120 million jobs lost during the last 52 days!
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People often spend their entire lives wandering around, trying to figure out their goals and aspirations in life. Some figure it out easily, and others arrive at their potential eventually. But when there comes a once in a lifetime pandemic like Covid-19, things change drastically through the unknown.
The point here is that life isn’t static. You grow with each experience and consequentially experience a change in your own goals and ambitions itself. Wanting to switch between careers in this situation can seem like a daring act, but it is not impossible, or a nightmare, or unachievable at all. Life isn’t set in stones, and it’s never too late to follow your passion.
Figure out the HOW
Start by looking up the job prospects in the field that you want to further want to build your career in. If you wish to continue in the same company but under a different department start by getting involved in tasks related to it. Even if you begin small, it’s important to begin somewhere. All these small tasks will add up to your knowledge of the field. The important details will enhance your experience and help you on your journey to switch careers.
You might have to start from scratch for even setting a foot in the new industry. Take classes and brush up your skills to attune yourself to the job requirements. Make the best of the resources at your disposal and don’t refrain from asking questions. Know how to get things done.
It’s important to focus on in-depth research. The feeling of dread and panic while the transition will reduce once you’re more certain of the direction in which you further want to build your career in. Figure out if the new job has any overlap in the requirements for skills with your old job.
Reach out to people who do what you do. Get a framework of the actual job that you want to do. Attend events and gatherings where you can network with people in the industry you want to further enter in.
Plan the details
Make a plan and stick to it. Don’t skip steps such as the classes and networking. Each small action on your path will make you closer to your transition from your old job to your new job.
Landing up a job or internship in a pandemic like Covid-19 when the entire world economy is reeling is not a task accomplished in one day. Whenever the realization hits you that this is for real, remember to be patient with the progress you make. All the work that you’re going to do is going to help you in numerous ways to expand your career prospects. Your efforts will amount to something even if it feels like a redundant activity.
Every situation that seems impossible to resolve will pass. It’s important to act on your ambition as opposed to simply thinking about it.
Reach out for help
It’s possible you may feel stuck in a single position in your job transition. Whenever you feel things are not progressing in a direction that indicates progress, you should reach out to friends and colleagues to seek help and motivation. You’ll feel a lot lighter when you realize that you’re not alone in your struggle and that people are rooting for you.
Career change at any age is not a futile activity. It’s good to act on your ambition and desires and work on them to accomplish your goals rather than suffer in a job you no longer connect with at all.