Three Actionable Tips After Losing Your Job During the Pandemic

CARA's guest: Artur Meyster, Founder of Career Karma

Over the course of the last few months, millions of people around the world have experienced hardship amidst these troubling times. It was expected that the pandemic would have an effect on the workforce, but nobody could have foreseen the number of employees who would be laid off and furloughed.

Should you find yourself a part of this group, it is important that you take a few deep breaths and remember that everything will work out alright. Whether you were in your career for decades or just starting out, there are certain tips you can act on during this time which can set you up for getting back into the workforce. The one sure thing you should not do is nothing. Use the following tips to try to buff up your skills and become an asset in the future of work.

  

Revamp Your Skills

By and large, this is the most important tip on this list. It applies more to people who were laid off from careers they held for years but is also applicable to newer workers as well. Technology is the future of work. Every business process will be going digital within the next decade and employees who have tech-based skills are going to be in high demand.

To that point, one of the best skills you can acquire during this period of no work is coding. There are a number of different coding languages that can be learned and a wide variety of job opportunities for capable employees. The versatility that coders have when it comes to career is extensive and should be considered when deciding to revamp your skills.

While coding is a tough skill to learn, you don’t need to be self-taught. There are excellent coding classes that can give you the skills you need to enter this field. A benefit to this option is that these classes provide mentorship from industry workers who can help you build job-specific skills. Even if you aren’t interested in learning to code, revamping your skillset is incredibly important after you have been laid off, especially if you were in your career for a long time.

   

Search for Courses in Web Development

Similarly to coding, web developers are going to be in extremely high demand within the coming years. A web developer is essentially responsible for building the website and software that companies use. Considering the fact that Statista found over 4.5 billion people were active on the Internet last month, it’s extremely likely that the number of websites in existence will only go up in the next few years.

Pursuing that path, Front End Developers use code and have an eye for design to build websites from the ground up. This career path also offers a large amount of variability and will have a rising number of job openings in the coming years.

Pursuing web development via an online degree is a great choice during these troubling times because you can emerge from the pandemic with a new skill set that will be applicable to virtually any industry. 

   

Take a Career Quiz

As counterintuitive as it may seem, perhaps losing your job at this time was a blessing in disguise. Were you really happy with the work you were doing and the career you held? Not many people enjoy what they do and, if you fall into this group, using the time you now have to identify a new career path may be in your best interest.

Fortunately, there are a number of career quizzes online that are completely free and can help you decide a new path to take. For the first time in a long time, you are truly free to do anything you want. Use this as a chance to explore some new paths and ways to apply your skills to a new field.

Truthfully, there is no better time for reflection than during a pandemic and there is not much else to do while we remain at home. Identifying what career path interests you is a great course of action to take now. 

   

Conclusion

As mentioned earlier, remember to breathe and know that everything will be alright. You may have lost your job but so have millions of Americans. The important thing to do right now is to prepare yourself for the future of work and ensure that you are an indispensable asset to any company. Build the skills that will become high in demand and pursue careers that will last for decades. It is never too late to pursue a new path; losing your job now should be viewed as an opportunity to grow.