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Did Covid-19 Have an Impact on Your Career? Here Are Few Insights on How to Pivot

There is no doubt that Covid-19 has had a global impact on people's careers. This impact ranges from job losses to business closures, layoffs and wage reductions to reduce the company's costs.

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What impact has COVID-19 had on your career? Are you considering how to pivot? There has never been a better time to be proactive than now. And if you're considering changing careers to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on your profession, here are a few thoughts to consider as you begin the process.


Pursue what you love doing

The first step is to pursue what you enjoy doing. Follow your dreams and do what you enjoy. This may seem like too much to ask at first, but if the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that life is too short not to pursue what you truly enjoy doing.


What are your interests, and what talents or skills do you have? This is the time to turn your skills and talents into a profitable venture. It's time to make a move. If you've always wanted to run your own company, now could be the time.


However, do your homework before embarking on this new venture; if it is marketable and has the potential to generate an income stream that you are comfortable with, you should consider pursuing it. On the other hand, if this new venture cannot sustain you, you can do it as a hobby until it scales up.

The first step is to pursue what you enjoy doing. Follow your dreams and do what you enjoy. This may seem like too much to ask at first, but if the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that life is too short not to pursue what you truly enjoy doing.

Match your skills with available opportunities

To ensure your skills are relevant, match your skills with the opportunities available in this new normal. The shift from physical meetings to more online meetings is an example of a new opportunity. The rise in online meetings brings with it new opportunities that necessitate the acquisition of new skills. As a result, while previous prospects may no longer be available, new opportunities are emerging.


Build a niche brand

Also, it is not enough to pivot; another strategy to pivoting seamlessly is to distinguish yourself from the pack in your new endeavour. Ask yourself, why should you be the choice amid all the options? Allow your uniqueness and the expression of value to stand out.


This will boost your confidence even more because you recognize the value you bring to the table. Understanding your unique strength also aids in the development of a niche brand that will attract the attention of your target audience.

it is not enough to pivot; another strategy to pivoting seamlessly is to distinguish yourself from the pack in your new endeavour.

Seek help and build your network

Feel free to inform your circle of your plans and solicit assistance as needed. If possible, seek professional advice as you plan to pivot. Recognize your accomplishments and seek assistance when you face difficulties.


Also, let your family and friends know that you are open to new possibilities. Make changes to your social media profiles to reflect your new status. If your pivoting strategy includes finding a new job in a different career path, state your qualifications and the type of position you are looking for. Leverage your network; you'll need it during this pivotal time in your life. Create new networks while appreciating old ones.


Have a financial safety net

While taking risks is admirable, ensure you have some financial safety net in place. You are less under pressure during a transition when you have set aside some money to sustain you through the period of growing this new endeavour. Also, you make better long-term choices when your decision is not solely motivated by the need to earn urgently.


These insights won’t be complete if we only present a smooth and seamless transition to you, without the reality of challenges you will likely experience along the way. Every change, whether professional or personal, comes with challenges. There will be times of turbulence as you navigate this new path, but anticipating challenges will prepare you to overcome them.

While taking risks is admirable, ensure you have some financial safety net in place. You are less under pressure during a transition when you have set aside some money to sustain you through the period of growing this new endeavour.

In conclusion, pivoting can be overwhelming or even frightening, especially if you've already established yourself in one career path. It does, however, provide you with the opportunity to rise above the pandemic's economic hardship and find personal fulfilment.


While you navigate this strategic period, be deliberate about your retirement life. Whatever you do now will have a lasting impact on your retirement life when you can no longer work. To save for retirement, open a Retirement Savings Account (RSA), and have 10% of your income go into your RSA. Your RSA is money set aside from each paycheck and deposited with a Pension Fund Administrator (PFA) for a financially stable life in retirement. For more information on RSAs, contact Oak Pensions via www.oakpensions.com, info@oakpensions.com or call the Marketing Manager on 09087448661.





 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ernest Ademola Ehigie is a Copywriter, Content Developer, Author, Brand Consultant, and Communications Manager with over 5 years in marketing communications. He has written several articles, policy documents, press releases, radio and TV adverts for businesses and organizations. He's the author of the book, "Why You Must Lead" and currently works as a content manager for Detail and Avedia, a leading retail and media consulting firm.

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