You are responsible for your career development and nobody can say otherwise. It’s easy to blame external factors in the sudden slowdown of your growth as a professional, especially in this day and age that the Coronavirus still lingers and is showing no signs of stopping. As lockdowns across the globe are easing, people have found themselves in different types of predicament. If you aren’t a front liner or if your industry has been severely affected by the presence of COVID-19, you might be wondering how you can move forward with generating money and enjoying career opportunities over time.
In this article, we will discuss how some career development strategies can help you thrive during these uncertain times. It may seem that your world has tilted or turned upside down but these career development strategies will definitely help you adapt, cope, and adjust, ultimately becoming successful at what you do.
1) Shift Your Mindset
The future may seem bleak at the moment and in the next coming months but don’t forget to tap into the abundant mindset. This may seem a bit odd or being overly optimistic but adopting positivity will help keep your eyes on career growth opportunities – factors that will never disappear even during a seriously depressing global healthy crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
2) Stay Focused on Your Future
Dismissing negative energies will help you move and grow even when it’s in a slow manner. If you were let go from your job, always think that this only gives you more chances to be the best version of yourself. Nobody wants to work with people who have a negative mindset, as such energies can influence the organisation as a whole. If you want to reach your full potential, do not forget to keep your eyes on the prize – a stable and fulfilling future. You will unarguably perform better and feel a sense of satisfaction that your mind and body can withstand pressure and work with efficiency despite the virus threat.
3) Allow Yourself to Feel Down from Time to Time
It’s totally normal to give yourself some slack for feeling down and uncertain in this day and age but make sure that you pull yourself back to present time and return reinvigorated. This practice will be totally beneficial for you, your career, place of work, and your colleagues.
4) Quality Over Quantity
If you were let go by your company, it may be counterproductive to send out your credentials to every job opening that you glance upon online. It’s important to keep in mind that it’s not about the volume of job applications you send. Your success will lie in your ability to communicate the best version of yourself to prospective employers. Despite the numerous job opportunities knocking on your door at the moment, only a few of these will be a good fit for your skills set and expertise. Instead of wasting your time and energy on sending out your resume to as many jobs as you can, focus your mind on how you can formulate impressive applications, so that you can ultimately standout for the jobs that perfectly align with your expertise, experience, values, and career goals.
5) Embrace Innovation
Innovation is the only way you can win in the midst of the COVID-19 health crisis. This virus has created a long list of new problems in our midst. It’s time for you to step up and find solutions to these problems through creativity, tenacity, and innovation. Your position at your job may be the same, but you will face new challenges that need prompt resolution. You may choose to keep old strategies, or you may let your creativity flourish and present you with novel but effective solutions altogether.
It’s during times of adversity and ambiguity that we can combine old ideas with innovative thinking to create unexpected but promising solutions. Let your creative juices flow and you will eventually convert problems into opportunities.
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Your circumstances may look bleak at the moment, but approach this as a challenge to overcome and apply all the strategies that you have learned over the years. Staying positive, proactive, and innovative will eventually pay off and surprise you with career opportunities that you never thought were within reach.
Courtney Lockett is a practicing lawyer, business owner and the principal of Lockett Mccullough Lawyers. Her practice provides legal assistance to a wide range of clients both locally and internationally and specialises in assisting defence force personnel with private legal issues.