Written by Erin Stalcup for World Education
Well, it’s been about 9-10 months since the pandemic went full-force in the US. At this point, I think it’s safe to say things are going to stay this way for a while. If you’ve been telling yourself, “I just need to get to the end of the month” for the last 8 months with your current job situation, now is the time to accept that things are not going to go back to ‘normal’. The entire world is creating a new normal for the way we do things now.
A large number of people have been sent home to work remotely. Some have been furloughed or let go. Others are still doing the same thing they’ve always done because their jobs are essential - except now they get the added joy of PPE and sanitizing everything all the time. Regardless of how your career has changed since the pandemic started, it’s all changed. If you’ve been holding on by a thread hoping to go back to the way things were - stop. It’s time to reframe your mindset and start to adjust to these changes being made in your workplace.
How do you do that?
If you’re working from home - Create a long-term workspace. If you haven’t made your own cozy, productive work corner because this was all supposed to be temporary, consider making these changes more permanent. A comfortable, convenient workspace will help you do your job more efficiently and ease some of the stress of your work. Make it your own, add a cat poster or two, maybe a mini fridge so your kids can’t steal your juice boxes.
If you’ve been furloughed or laid off - Time to get creative! If your career is something that just can’t be done right now, it’s time to start thinking out of the box. Take this time to learn a new career, a new transferable skill, or hone that craft you’ve been tinkering with and start a little business! Other options for a new career in these current times would be the obvious - a remote or work-from-home job. There are plenty of places that still need workers and they are realizing they work just as well at home. Customer service, technical support, contact tracing - there are more options than you might think out there.
For those of you essential workers that have continued working through all this - How are you? Do you need a break? Are you still loving what you do or are you considering other options? If you’re feeling stuck, please know there are other options and you do not have to stay in what you are doing if it’s dragging you down. There is nothing wrong with looking for something different and safer if you are able to. You deserve a break just as much as everyone else.