There are a lot of unknowns and uncertainty as the novel coronavirus affects people and industries worldwide. But there is always opportunity and hope amid chaos. There have been closures and movement restrictions to slow the spread, which has started to impact certain industries, both positively and negatively. Has your work environment changed? You may be evaluating your current work situation, looking at remote work options, or open to exploring a new career path. Which industries may grow during the pandemic? Which may suffer?
In a crisis, there is always opportunity.
The key to surviving this pandemic professionally is to go where the need is (see more below) and bring value. If you get into a service mentality where you just want to show up professionally in a way that can be of benefit to businesses and others, then you will find opportunity.
As you reflect on your career path, you want to be strategic about any big changes. That decision will include choosing an industry that can provide stability and growth. There are certain industries now that have already seen increased use of services or need of products in this pandemic. Who thought working for a company that produces toilet paper would bring such great job security? Analyzing emerging trends in an industry's need or demand is a smart strategy when deciding where you might want to pursue new opportunities. In the new reality of pandemic possibilities, consider jobs that either have diversified verticals or ones that are sustainable in turbulent economic times.
Check out these remote work or “work from home” options.
If you decide you want to look for a new career, remote jobs may be a safer choice than a traditional workplace, both from a health perspective and a stability standpoint. Here are some places to search for quality remote work:
- Remote.comRemote.co (yes- they are different)
- Search for work under LinkedIn with "remote" in the space you would fill your city of choice.
Consider these industries and jobs that may grow during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When thinking about jobs, head for the industries that are still needed in spite of any type of shut down. The list below can expand far beyond this but here are some areas to get you thinking:
- Data Science or Analytics (especially with healthcare and pandemic)
- Online Medical Platforms
- Project Management
- IT, Cloud, Networking, Database, Web
- Science-Related Jobs
- Cannabis & Liquor
- Training & Web Conferencing
- Marketing / Social Media Marketing
- Sales (remote)
- Social Media / Blog Writer
- Communications Writer (big need with pandemic)
- Medical Devices
- Food Delivery (contactless delivery option)
- Grocery Stores (Stocking Delivery)
- Pharmacies (CVC, Walgreens)
- Household goods and groceries (Amazon, Target, Walmart, Costco, etc.)
- Cleaning, Maintenance, and Lawn Care Services
- Outdoor Jobs (Construction, Utilities, Building Maintenance, etc.)
- Electrician, Plumbers, HVAC
- Online Education and EdTech (Universities and Businesses)
- Enterprise Software (remote work)
- E-commerce Retailers (Amazon)
- Supply Chain
- Streaming Services (Netflix, Hulu, etc.)
- Online Gambling
- Online Gaming
- Home Exercise Programs
- Indoor Fitness Equipment
- Fitness Apps
- Live Broadcast Fitness Classes
You will also want to be aware of industries that are being negatively affected by COVID-19. Keep in mind that these industries may suffer:
- Movie theaters
- Travel, Leisure & Hospitality
- Brick and Mortar Retail Stores
Consider consulting if you can't find full-time work.
Employers might need your help but not be able to employ you full time. Offer to work as a contractor or consultant until the economy normalizes. This might mean that you work two consulting positions to equal one full-time position.
Take time to evaluate your needs and career path, and skill up with courses, boot camps, or degrees.
Using this moment to pause and calmly listen to your inner career desires can also help as you decide how to move forward. It is easy to continue “going with the flow” or “maintaining status quo” when no outside factors are pushing you to make a change. Now that many industries and careers are beginning to be disrupted, this time can be used to make the most of your strengths and talents and drive your career with intention and meaning.
We are now reminded that the only constant is change. Maybe there is no need for any career changes, but at least you will know you are the "driver" of your career instead of a "passenger" as you evaluate your options.
Great backup plans for recessions and uncertain economic downturns include scaling up your skillset with boot camps or degrees. This could mean transferring finally to that field that has been of interest to you (Galvanize.com). Finish your bachelor, MBA, Masters or Ph.D. Go full time and take out extra loans if needed to get you through on a scaled-down budget. The economy will come back. It always does, so use this time to reboot your career in the best way possible.
If you are worried about making ends meet, take a job in a place of need right now.
Working to pay the bills is admirable and often necessary and tough economic times. Go where the need is while you look for work back in your field. You don't have to put this on your resume if it does not fit your career path and you are concerned it will detract from your career track record.
Use Intention (not fear) to reach your goals.
Choosing how you think and respond during a difficult situation is key. You have the power to think optimistically (or not) as you move forward. Yes, disruptions are scary, but panic and worry do not equal preparation.
Sift out what meaning, intention, and goals you want to focus on so you can get the most out of your work and life. Choose to look for the opportunities that may now be presenting themselves and move your career forward with a combination of strategy and confidence in the future.
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