By Emma Grace Brown

Has the COVID-19 pandemic sent your career into a tailspin? If so, don’t despair - instead, start thinking about your next steps. Maybe you have your eye on a particular industry that seems to be thriving despite the pandemic. Perhaps you’re even thinking about furthering your university education. These resources will help you decide on a new path, enroll in the right degree program, and prepare for a fruitful job search.

 

Assess Your Strengths and Passions

 

Which skills have you acquired that you could apply to a job in an entirely new industry? Take stock of everything you’ve learned in the workplace so far.

 

      Take a few free career aptitude tests to assess your overall skillset.

      Think about whether you’d be a fit for industries like healthcare or collaboration technology, which is predicted to keep expanding in the wake of the pandemic.

      Contact people working in growing fields to sit down for informational interviews and find out if you’d be interested in working at similar jobs. 

Learning New Skills

 

Pursuing higher education is often the best way to gain the expertise you need to succeed in your chosen industry. Here’s how to make the most of the university experience.

 

      Research university programs specifically designed for adult learners who are choosing to continue their education.

      Students and job seekers alike can benefit from the guidance of a career coach or counselor.

      If you’re a recent graduate or currently enrolled in a degree program, consider looking for an internship for hands-on learning.

 

Prepare For Your Job Search

 

Before you start sending out applications, think about how you can polish up your virtual presence and your resume to boost your chances of getting hired.

 

      Create a portfolio showcasing samples of your professional and academic work.

      Update your LinkedIn profile to begin networking and indicate you’re looking for work.

      Craft a top-notch resume that specifically highlights your leadership experience and transferable skills.

 

Landing Your Next Job

 

Finally, it’s time to put yourself out there and find a job that allows you to integrate the knowledge you’ve picked up in the workplace and the college classroom.

 

      Consider working with a recruiter, who can help you make connections in an industry where you don’t have many professional ties.

      Outline the details of your career transition in your cover letters and explain how you’ve prepared for this new role.

      You’ll be asked about your career the trajectory in interviews, so rehearse your answers to these common questions.

 

Consider Starting Your Own Small Business

 

If after a while you haven’t found your dream job, starting your own limited liability company (LLC) may be a path worth pursuing. This type of business structure is a popular one due to its tax benefits and the ease of starting one, and it protects company owners from being liable for business-related expenses.

 

      First, assess what type of business you should start based on the current market and your unique skill set.

      Find funding through organizations like the Small Business Administration as well as city- and state-based programs.

      Determine the type of help you need to get your business up and running. For example, a graphic designer can create a logo for your company, and a web developer can build a website that will make you stand out online. Freelancers are a great resource for budding entrepreneurs.

 

Transitioning into a new industry can be an intimidating prospect. But if job opportunities in your current field are becoming rarer, it might be time to start planning for this transition. By focusing on your transferable skills and making a commitment to invest in your education, you can land a lucrative position in a secure industry or even start your own business.

 

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