Ask the oldest person you know and they’ll tell you that they haven’t witnessed anything quite like this coronavirus pandemic in all the years they’ve been alive. It has got the entire world on their knees and locked up inside their homes. There are drastic changes in the landscapes of every industry and for individuals, well, some aren’t entirely sure how to approach it. The quarantine has put us in uncharted waters and has made us think more about our lives in the past month than (maybe) the past 3 years combined. However, we control how we react to this and we can use this time to get better at our jobs, organize our lives, and think some things over.
Here are ways you can use this quarantine to help you improve your career:
It gives us more time than we know what to do with
Extra time is never a bad thing but over a month spent isolated is many days too long to spend idling about. All of us are waiting for the latest pandemic development but instead of wasting the hours worrying, why not spend it do something worthwhile?
Outside of working from home, you can catch up on reading books, or doing tasks you haven’t done in a while, such as cleaning the house and making room for reflecting and meditation. Use this downtime to think about your life, your career, and what you’d want to see or achieve in the future.
It lets you discover what happens when your routines are broken
Your previous routine felt safe and efficient. It’s a routine, after all, but now that we’re pushed out of our comfort zones we have had to put in a little extra effort in making sure we’re doing our jobs properly. You can use this period to discover the areas of your career where you can improve.
Isolation helps you evaluate
And makes you see how employers and companies act in times of crises
If your employers are willing to throw their employees under the bus or continue to put them in harm’s way just for profit, you might want to look for better job opportunities.
You get to reassess your budget and make long-term plans
You’ve got time to get creative
And you’ve finally got time to update your resume
But what if you were already planning on resigning even before all this hit the fan?
But if you absolutely can’t deal with the company for a few more months or if you’ve been laid off, you can still look for other opportunities. However, manage your expectations and know that securing a job interview during this pandemic will be more of a challenge.
This quarantine might have taken away a lot of things we love but it’s also a chance for us to do things differently. Why not take it as an opportunity to adapt and improve?
What has the pandemic taught you recently?