Potential Directions for Your Career After the Impact of the Pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic has made a lot of people rethink a great deal of different issues. This can range from the personal to the much larger scale, but there have been many people whose attention has turned specifically to their career and the trajectory that it may or may not be taking. Is this the time to do something you’ve always meant to? Or maybe to change course entirely?
There are several different answers to these questions based on your situation. Only you can know what’s truly right for you at this time, but if you aren’t doing what you want to and you’ve been waiting for the right time to move towards something that you consider your true objective, why not make that time now? It’s easier said than done, but you still have options to explore.
Back to the Drawing Board
When you reach a certain point in your life, it’s tempting to think that the skills that you have now and the experience that you’ve gained up to this point is set in stone and that’s what you have to work with in order to find a career. This is a very limiting mindset to have and can often trap you into thinking that you have to do a certain job just because that’s what your past actions have dictated you do. This is entirely not true, and it’s never too late for you to go back and develop some new skills that can help you to completely reinvent your career path and set you on a course that you can really look forward to and enjoy. This ties in with a separate problem that some people have when viewing their careers is that many don’t think enough about what they can see themselves enjoying, instead choosing to focus on what they know they are good at or what they think will make them a good amount of money. These are fine things to be aware of and even desire, but when you’re looking at how much time you’ll be spending in your job, it’s important to keep your own happiness in mind as well.
So, what exactly does it mean to have to go back to the drawing board? Well, again that will depend on what you want to do, but usually it simply involves sitting down and thinking about what you would want to do – without the restriction of thinking about what you’re qualified to do. Once you’ve thought of something that you would really like to pursue as a career, you can start thinking of the logistics, researching what you’ll need to get there and planning what you’re going to do about it. One element that you might find recurring in any number of your possible career paths is that of studying to earn relevant degrees or qualifications. This is a great way of earning both a qualification that will help you to become a more appealing candidate to prospective employers, and gain experience that will be beneficial in the field that you’re thinking of entering.
Going back and trying to think about what you really want to do can be more difficult than it sounds and coming up with a concrete answer that is different from what you’ve done before can leave you feeling as though you simply have too many options. In this case, it might do you some good to look around a bit for examples that can give you that spark of inspiration that you’re looking for. Doing this can help to illuminate jobs and positions that take advantage of the times in regards to what is finding success and what isn’t. For example, doing this might give you a sense of why now is the best time to get an online MBA, which can set you along the path of business and all of the benefits that a career in such a field can offer you. Studying online can also be a great way to work your upcoming qualification around your existing schedule and might help give you peace of mind compared to the alternative due to the nature of the pandemic.
Exploring What Working from Home Has to Offer
Many people were unfamiliar with the concept of working from home before the pandemic, and it has led to many now working in conditions that were completely new to them. For some people, they will miss the aspects of going to a workplace such as socializing and the general activity of the day. Others, however, will enjoy the more relaxed nature that working from home can provide you with, and the freedom to fit your work more seamlessly into your life. If you’re someone who finds yourself in the latter camp, you might want to take this further and start thinking about how you can get involved in a career that allows you to work from home on a regular basis. There are several that may well do this, and even some that offer flexible working conditions that often alternate between home working and office working, which could be something that suits you even more as it gives you a taste of both worlds.
If you’re serious about doing this, you might want to consider making some adjustments to your setup at home if you haven’t already. At a typical office, the desks and chairs provide conditions that can help to spare your posture and back from injury and discomfort (or at least aim to do so), but at home you might find yourself simply making do with the sofa. That’s something that might work in a pinch but over time is going to be incredibly damaging for you and could even present you with some long-term problems. Therefore, you might want to consider investing in an actual desk and chair, since even these mere basics can provide a world of difference in the level of comfort that you’re experiencing while you work. You might also find that this difference in setup has an impact on your mentality while you work from home, potentially giving way to a more productive attitude than you might experience if you were to try working from the sofa or your bed.
Given enough time, you might find that you want to take this a step further as well and consider dedicating a whole (potentially small) portion of your house to being your office. While you might find it difficult to do this with the space that you have available in your home, doing so might help you to stay more organized and do a better job of keeping your work life and home life separate, which can be difficult when you work from home.
Working Outside More
On the opposite end of the spectrum, you might find that the increased amount of time that you’ve spent inside during recent times has encouraged you to go outside and see what the world has to offer. While this is something that’s been true of many people during the pandemic, you might want to take it a step further and make a career out of it. It’s certainly possible to do so, but you have to know where to look. If you were interested in becoming something like a ranger, for example, there would be specific qualities and experience that you’d need in order to work your way up to that point. It’s not impossible, however, and you might find that working outside more can offer you many benefits, including all the mental health advantages that usually come from spending more time in touch with nature.
Alternatively, it might not be that you’re looking for a job that revolves around going to natural spaces and working with nature, but one that takes you travelling and to many places that you haven’t yet seen. It’s not unusual for people to start thinking this way after they’ve been spending large amounts of time indoors, it can get claustrophobic and give you that urge to travel. The world is a big place and travelling around it can often be expensive. Therefore, thinking of ways that you can work this travelling into a career can effectively kill two birds with one stone, giving you a way of travelling that’s financially viable. Additionally, whichever career that you choose to help take you down this path might allow you to connect more naturally with the culture of wherever you end up going than if you were to simply go there by yourself.
You have a wealth of options at your disposal, and while the pandemic might have been the inciting incident that helped you to realize it, going forward you might have a much clearer understanding of what you’re looking for and what you want to do with your life. This is all subject to change again, mind you, and it’s important that you keep an open mind about what you might enjoy and might not, trying new things until you find what sticks. It’s very difficult to know if you’ll enjoy a job without actually having some experience within it first, after all.