Five Facts That Will Help You If You Lost Your Job During Covid-19
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The Covid-19 pandemic broke out back in March, and it unexpectedly changed a lot of things in our lives. A lot of businesses had to close and stop their operations, which left millions of Americans unemployed. These are five facts that will help you to decide what to do if you lost your job because of Covid-19.
Your Feelings Are Valid
Finding yourself suddenly unemployed can bring a lot of challenging situations, especially when you have other responsibilities. Maybe you have to support your kids, spouse, or other relatives, and bills don’t pay themselves. All this can lead to you feeling stress, depressed, anxious, and worried. Don’t let anyone tell you you shouldn’t feel that way.
Your feelings are valid, and it is ok to have them. But you should try to control them and not the other way around. In other words, it is ok to cry if you have to, but don’t let those feelings hinder your life and instead use them to power a change in your life. Look for a solution that will work for your needs.
University Isn’t The Only Way To Learn
You should take advantage of this time without a job to update your skills and improve your resume. Nowadays, going to university or college courses isn’t the only way to learn. You have many other options like coding bootcamps, online courses, vocational training, and even self-study. Start researching the skills that are in high demand in your sector.
Once you know what employers look for, you can plan how you will learn what you need. There are even free options and resources. You can learn what you have to without spending any money. No matter what profession you choose—it can be teaching or front end development—you should continue learning throughout your career. The list of IT courses can be found on Bootcamp Rankings.
The Gig Economy Is Growing
The gig economy consists of all the freelance workers that work by project or ‘gig’. The most common of these workers are the ones that work online through online platforms like Upwork and the ones that work as independent workers with apps like Uber or Lyft. In the US, the total freelancing market is worth around $1 trillion.
If you take side jobs here and there and work on one-time projects for a few months, you are already part of the gig economy. But if not, you should consider doing it while you look for another job. They are a great source of temporary income, and you could find a market for almost any skill you have.
In this niche, the jobs best paid are the ones that required tech skills like web design or app development. But you can still make some money if you know a second language, know how to use photoshop, or even if you know how to design killer PowerPoint presentations.
Asking For Help Doesn’t Make you Weak
It is ok to ask for help when in a difficult situation. And asking for help doesn’t mean you are weak or that you can’t handle your problems. The strongest people recognize when they can’t face the challenges alone, and they ask for help. Try reaching out to friends and family for support. Don’t let your pride interfere with an opportunity that will help you survive the next few months.
A Career Change Is A Possibility
Now that you are unemployed, you can consider a career change. It can be something drastic like switching to a different industry altogether. Or you could simply transition to another career in your niche. This is the moment to explore those dreams that you never followed for one reason or another. Start researching to discover how to use your passion to build a business.
You could also consider a career change into tech. The tech industry offers great benefits and perks, high salaries, and the possibility of impacting society. And you can learn many of the skills with coding bootcamp or on your own with free coding courses.
You should know that your feelings are valid, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You can take advantage of this time to update your skills and improve your chances of finding a new job or just consider a career change to something you’ve always wanted to do. Also, university isn’t the only path to become a professional or learn a new skill. And you can start doing some gigs to have an extra income while you find another job.
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