The pandemic forced many people to shift jobs and careers. Even though conditions are easing as vaccinations become readily available, it's important to maintain your ability to adapt to sudden changes. Try some of this advice for when things are uncertain:
- Develop different options for yourself. Don’t limit yourself to one role in your job or career. Look at all your strengths, and plan how you could use each one to position yourself differently.
- Focus on enabling success. Working from home forced people to question conventional workplace practices, collaborate with each other, and achieve results from different locations. Keep this mindset going forward instead of seeking 'business as usual'.
- Recognize the value of the people in your life. The crisis of the past year has probably made you aware of who you can depend on—who can solve problems, who manages projects well, who collaborates effectively with others, and so on. Seek out opportunities for collaboration where you will mesh well.
- Embrace the uncertainty. Change takes you out of your comfort zone. Get used to dealing with the in-between feeling of moving from the past to the future. Take advantage of downtime to recharge yourself and learn new skills and coping mechanisms.
- Work on exploratory projects. Volunteer for whatever you can in your organization, or outside of it. You’ll stay busy, learn new things, and show that you’re flexible and ready to adapt to your employer’s needs, even if they take you in a new direction. At the same time, try to develop a few projects on your own to stretch and stay fresh instead of hiding from the world.
- Reconnect with other people. Check in with the people in your network. Your goal shouldn’t be simply to scout out new jobs, but to find out what’s going on, how other people are coping, what you can do to help, and maybe spot some new opportunities as the environment continues to change.