Coming out of the pandemic: choosing the right career path

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Date: 7 April 2021

That past year has had a major impact on all of us. The coronavirus and Covid-19 pandemic spread across the world with little warning and has seen us all have to change our day to day lives. 

Governments around the world have implemented social isolation and social distancing measures, meaning that the majority of us have spent the past twelve months confined to our own homes other than to get food, medicine or distanced exercise. Of course, these measures have been important for protecting lives and supporting healthcare services. But they have also damaged many industries and businesses. Many businesses have collapsed. Many have struggled to keep on all of their employees, making many redundant. Many have had to compromise with staff, offering reduced working hours or reduced salaries.

There have also been government schemes in place to support those whose workplaces have been unable to function due to new rules and measures, so many people have had free time on their hands to rethink their job roles and career paths. It's not all too surprising then, that many people have decided that once vaccines have been rolled out and once the world begins to return to normal, they want to take their careers in a different direction. If this is something that has crossed your mind, here's some information on all of the different options available to you that could help you along the way!

Setting Up Your Own Business

Something that many people have expressed that they want to do is setting up their own business. This isn't shocking. After experiencing a period of time where many of us were let down by the companies we’ve always worked for, more and more people want to take more control over their careers and income. By running your own business, you gain that control. You can decide what you want to sell. You can decide who you work with. You can decide when you work, where you work from and how much you charge for your goods and services. Of course, the steps you have to take to achieve this will vary depending on what you decide to specialise in. But whether you want to set up a business selling 3 4 pipe or SEO services, you’re likely to have to look into the following steps:

  • Product design
  • Product development
  • Manufacturing
  • Market research
  • Branding
  • Website creation
  • Order fulfilment
  • Packaging and shipping
  • Customer service
  • Recruitment

Getting Back to Your Usual Job

If you've taken time away from your usual job, but they have been able to reopen or demand for their products or services has returned, you may feel a little lost. Sure, you have a position to return to, but you may still feel overwhelmed and intimidated. This is completely normal. You may have got used to working from home and only engaging with others in a virtual manner. You may need to get used to in-person interaction again. You may have to get used to the commute again. You may need to remember to pack your lunches and undertake other tasks that come hand in hand with getting back into your previous routine. What's important is to be patient with yourself. Ask for help as and when you need it. Don't be afraid to ask questions and to request guidance if you need it. This is what management and HR at your workplace are for.

Finding Another Job in the Same Industry

If the company you work for isn't able to recover from the pandemic, but the general industry does, you may want to consider other similar roles but within different companies. This is largely a matter of building a great CV, browsing job boards and applying for roles. Make sure to prepare for interviews thoroughly.

Starting a New Job In a Different Industry

Some industries may not recover for a while, or you may have simply decided that you want to try another role. Either way, starting a new job can be an exciting experience and a great opportunity! The first step on this journey is to decide exactly what role you want to take on. Research it. Make sure that it ticks your boxes and matches up to your needs. Are you happy to work the hours required? Will the salary be sufficient? Do you need to go to university or train for it? Are you happy to dedicate the time and money to this? If yes, go ahead and take the steps to get there!

These are just a few routes that people will find themselves taking as we emerge from the pandemic. Hopefully, some of the information provided will be able to help guide you!

Copyright 2021. Article made possible by site supporter Jeremy Bowler

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