Are you finding it difficult to make career decisions since the impact of Covid-19? It can be easy to get swept up by fear or uncertainty in our current economic climate. Whilst industries adjust to ever-growing change, you might be wondering what your career options are and how to navigate them. If you were seeking to change your career before Covid hit, there may be another layer of concern – questions like “should I wait?”, “is this the right time?” and self-doubt might prompt you to stay with what you know.
What can you do?
It may feel counterintuitive, but now, more than ever is a time to let go of perfectionism and the idea that there is ‘only one right way’ forward. Allowing yourself to notice the variety of possibilities, rather than clamping down on one fixed route through your career, is a sensible approach in a post-Covid environment. It’s ok to allow yourself to adapt however you need to.
Irrespective of what is happening ‘out there’ in a changing world, make sure you have a rock solid understanding of your personal assets, as these will help you to adapt. Your assets might include finances and emotional support, but just as crucial is your understanding of your personal skills and attributes.
Know what you want, what you can offer, and what your priorities are. Know these first to prevent getting swayed or pulled off course by fear and the ‘what-ifs’.
Create a clear development plan
So, how can you do this? Here are some recommendations to help you through this reflective process:
- Conduct a thorough audit of your personal skills, expertise and experience. Write them out so you can see them in detail. Notice how you have far more skills and expertise than you would use in a single job role (if you don’t believe me, make sure you include examples from all areas of life).
- Consider how your skills are relevant to different sectors, even if they are ones you have not worked in before. Notice how different skills can link together to form different possibilities.
- Get crystal clear about your current career priorities. Is it to have £X income? Is it to work from home? To have flexible work hours? Or is it to develop specific skills?
Once you are clear on the above, use this awareness to support your job searching and networking activity:
- Approach job searching with an attitude of curiosity and openness to new possibilities. You won’t be the only one if you try something new- many people are shifting industries right now.
- Notice whether your job searching approach matches your current priorities, e.g. if your real priority is to work from home, are you making it more difficult by restricting the kind of work you do?
- Use your awareness of your transferable skills to tailor your CV (and cover letter) for each application. It will significantly increase your chance for selection and it also supports you in your preparation for interviews.
And lastly (but not least!)
- Be kind to yourself. Allow whatever you choose to be enough.
To your success!
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