Life is unpredictable; that is simply fact. One minute the sun is shining, and you are taking in deep breaths of fresh air, and the next minute you have something resembling the inside of a child’s diaper on your face wondering where did the world go wrong?
2020 has brought most of us into isolation,
away from loved ones, and from favourite outdoor activities,
and sadly, 2021 has not changed much for us.
For some, this pandemic may have even taken away your jobs. Well, the one thing it cannot take away is your determination and passion to keep going, and keep going we shall. Because whilst it may seem like doom and gloom, it is not, and we are here to tell you why! So please, take a deep breath and relax knowing you can change your situation and make a choice that is going to work in your favour.
This Covid wave will not last forever and things will slowly get back to how they were. Sadly, or happily depending on your view, it does not mean the world will go back to exactly how you’re used to it functioning, and it certainly does not mean you have to go back to your old ways either. Many have embraced lockdowns as a time to reflect on habits and behaviours. Some people are eating better, doing more physical activities, editing their wardrobes, and others are completely reinventing their entire lives following a dream they always wanted but never felt the timing was right. Now is your time, take a profound reflection into what you want out of your career.
Here are three things you need to think about when it comes to your career choices during and post pandemic:
2. Do/did I even like my last job?
We travel through life going through the motions. We don’t stop to reflect and smell the roses. We feel content and/or afraid to come out of our ‘comfort zone’. Day in day out, we repeat the same task – papers in, papers out. But are we fulfilled?
This is the question you need to ask yourself – is my job fulfilling me mentally, physically, spiritually? If the answer is yes, fantastic! You have found a job you love doing for the rest of your life. But if the answer is no, then you have to ask the question; “what don’t/didn’t I like about the job?”
When you question your work and it’s enjoyability, ask yourself ‘is it the task itself, or Jane from accounting making life hard?’. Well, if it is Jane, be sure that in every organisation you will have a Jane there. But culture is important. If the company you work for does not provide you with a positive workplace environment, then is this really the company for you?
What happens to you when you are in a negative or toxic workplace? Your stress levels increase, you become demoralised and less engaged in your work, but might be too afraid to express your concerns to management. This will of course vibrate through to your personal life outside of the workplace. Eventually, anxiety can completely take over and cause total paralysis in your day-to-day life. So how your company manages the ‘Janes’ of the organisation is an important key to a happy workplace. A happy workplace results in better staff retention and more productive employees.
If the job itself was not rewarding, then identifying what you disliked about the work is key.
One effective tool we found helped us through many difficult decisions has been a simple pro’s and con’s list. There are different versions to such a list; the traditional pro’s and con’s list, negotiable and non-negotiable tasks list, and a likes and dislikes list. Never having to have thought about an issue critically before, can make this simple task a confronting one, however, you may be shocked to see how you truly feel about something when you have it all clearly mapped out in front of you. From here, you can do multiple lists – go beyond the job duties you have been conducting, and experiment with asking questions about your own personal likes and dislikes, wants and needs, goals and dreams. By doing such activities you can start to discover what kind of work you wish to do and the type organisation you wish to do it for. You will discover who you really are. This should open ideas to new career paths to follow.
Your next question after that may be ‘how do I get a job or change my career path?’ or ‘are there even jobs out there?’. The answer is absolutely there are jobs! Whilst many companies are going lean in their workforce and letting staff go; many are still in full swing, hiring and growing their teams – trust us, we personally know of many companies doing this.
When looking for a career change, you need to be sure that the industry is still strong and has a pulse. Since retail, for example, is reformatting into the ecommerce world, then unless you are happy to sell online; it may be an industry with less opportunity. Thus, it is important to research the industry you wish to pursue, find the multiple jobs and avenues you can take to get your foot in the door, and be open to retraining.
Today, there are many courses one can take online and develop new skills for a new world. When better than right now to invest in your skills? You are not bogged down by daily work duties and your social life is limited thanks to lockdowns- now is a great time to invest in yourself, your education and re-skilling. A lot of courses are also financially affordable. It is a matter of simple research; the Internet is a wonderful tool to find a list of courses you can undertake, as well as comparing prices.
So you just need to do three steps – identify what held you back, identify your wants and needs and lastly, pursue your career goals.
Often, we convince ourselves out of certain tasks and dreams, believing we are unable or incapable of doing them. Too often we listen to others telling us it’s impossible or too risky to try. Now is the perfect chance to take a leap of faith in you and follow a gutsy heart and dream. If you are still unsure how to sell your skills to a new job, then My Career Angels would love to assist you in this task. Stay tuned for more blogs, specific to such missions.
Happy job hunting,
My Career Angels