It goes without saying that this year has been really tough for businesses. The COVID-19 pandemic has seen economic output drop substantially and the job losses and unemployment rates spike, as countries around the world have implemented rules and guidelines to slow the spread of the virus.
You may have found that the company you have contracted for has been forced to make a large number of redundancies as they haven’t been able to operate on a face to face basis, or because the economic recession resulting from the virus has meant that customers are less willing to spend money on non-essential goods.
Government grants and schemes in many countries have certainly helped many businesses get through the initial crisis, but by no means all.
If you’ve found yourself without a job during the pandemic, chances are, you’ve had a fair amount of time to think about your return to work.
Now, many people have been applying to similar roles to those they’ve worked in until this point. But before you jump back into this career path, question whether it’s the one you really want.
Now is a great time to switch career paths if you find that your current field of specialism isn’t one that suits you, or the roles you’re used to working aren’t ones you truly enjoy.
If you find that you do want to take the first steps on a new career path, here are a few pieces of information and advice that can help you along the way.
CONSIDER YOUR OPTIONS
First, you need to consider your options. The world is your oyster when it comes to careers, but is the field you’re interested in getting involved in hiring right now?
You need to make sure you’re choosing something that has potential for employment, where you can enter with little to no experience at a low level. Then, you can work your way up.
If you’re set on a career that isn’t hiring right now, you may want to consider heading into higher education to study the subject. This will give you one to three years’ worth of education in the subject and the field you’re interested in entering may be hiring again when you’ve graduated.
There are plenty of education options out there, but right now, online learning with an institution like Suffolk Online in the UK, or Open University in Australia is likely to be the best option.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
Once you’ve got your options together, it’s time to thoroughly research them to make sure that they’re definitely something you’d be interested in and that can suit your individual needs and preferences. Check out what starting salaries in the role are. Does this cover your bills?
If not, are you willing to reduce your bills and alter your lifestyle to accommodate this career move?
Check out the working hours. Do these work around your familial and social commitments?
Check others’ experience out. Chances are there are plenty of people who will tell you the ins and outs of the field, the perks and cons, and whether they’d recommend it to others.
We may be going through difficult times, but try to see the positive. Now could be a great time to switch up your career and explore new career paths.
Maybe even start your own business.