By Dr. Vivek Bindra, Founder & CEO Bada Business
Coronavirus has caused a serious blow to the global economy. Only days ago, IMF projected that the Indian economy is to contract by 4.5% this year. Statistics show that a staggering 122 million people lost their jobs in the country in the month of April.
As businesses lose revenue and cut costs, job losses are a natural corollary. Unfortunately, at a time of a global economic contraction, new jobs are hard to come by. Many fresh graduates are struggling to make inroads into the industry. Professionals already in the market are struggling with challenges of their own – job losses, salary cuts, and absence of job switching avenues, among others. It is important, however, to look at this global shock as an opportunity to reinvent yourself and give your career a new directional push. Coronavirus has been a major shock but it is not likely to stay on forever. However, it will change the world as we know it. Now is the time to prepare for the new normal. These 7 simple ways can help you prepare for a big career push once Corona goes away.
- Question Yourself: Asking the right questions is the first step. Put questions to yourself. Start from today. See how you are placed. If you are a student, have you taken up the right subjects and courses? Do you find a match between your aptitude and the subject you are pursuing? If you are working, ask yourself – are you in the right industry? And equally important, are you in the right vertical in the organisation? Are you satisfied with your job?
- Reflect: Then it’s time to reflect on your answers. If ‘yes’ is your answer to the above questions then think of perfecting your position. However, if the answer is ‘no’, please do not panic. Remember there is always time for good things. If you are a student who is not satisfied with the professional course you have undertaken, consider using this ‘downturn’ time to add another degree to your academic repertoire. Think of alternative career prospects you can pursue and enrol in a degree or diploma in that field. For working professionals, if you are not satisfied in your present role, think about your next possible fit. Use this time to skill yourself for a switch.
- Consult: It’s best to take someone else’s advice when in doubt. A student should speak frankly to his teachers, parents and seniors. A working person should not hesitate in speaking to his seniors in the organisation about a possible vertical shift within. Professional career counselling is also easily available today. Consult the experts and inform yourself well.
- Embrace: Based on your consultation and reflection, embrace fully the changes that you had wished for. For students wanting to make a switch, be firm in your decision. But once decided, dive deep into your new subject. For working professionals, join an online course of your new calling immediately. Learn programming or web designing. Get a hang of graphic designing and Photoshop. Learn creative writing; enrol in a public speaking course. Give your hundred per cent.
- Upgrade: For those who are satisfied with their current situation, it is time to challenge yourself. Never sit back. You never know how the tide turns for the worse. Corona will definitely reshape the economic structure and the job market. Learn something new related to your field or even better, learn something completely out of your comfort zone. Something totally unrelated to your present field. If you have been a traditional marketing person, dive into digital marketing and learn social media marketing. Update yourself technologically. If you are an architect, learn to work on new 3D model tools.
- Adapt: Remember the workplace will not be the same in a post-Covid world. Nor will be your schools and colleges. Adapt to the new ways of communicating with your colleagues and teachers online in a formal setting. Master the popular group communication platforms such as Zoom, Google Meet and Microsoft Meet.
- Connect: Everyone knows this is the age of networking. Never totally disconnect with people who were once part of your life. Always remember to send a greeting to former bosses and colleagues on their important days such as birthdays. Students should always wish their teachers who would have made a difference to their lives on Teacher’s Day. At the same time, make new friends and build new networks. Participate actively on online discussion platforms related to your field. Maintain an active online presence through blogs, LinkedIn etc. People should be able to recall your name instantly. Use social media wisely.
So, get started. What are you waiting for; because the time to change and reboot yourself is NOW!