Economic recession, hostilities, demographic, and other social crises can cause severe shifts in the labor market. In such a period, many of us have to choose a new profession, often perceived as an unwanted change due to fear. So what will help to perceive this situation as a fresh start and not an obstacle?
It is necessary to understand that the realignment of the market makes some professions less in demand. But some specialties, on the contrary, grow in value. The reason is the reorientation of companies to the foreign market, the emergence and spread of innovative technologies, etc.
It is possible to reduce the stress of the situation during sudden changes if you follow a few tips before changing careers and immediately during a pause in it.
The most important thing to remember when you plan to change your profession is not to stop self-development and work on soft skills. This guarantee of flexibility will facilitate efforts when looking for a new job or learning a new specialty during a crisis: communication skills, time management, emotional intelligence, etc. You should pay special attention to foreign languages you do not use at work. Knowledge of at least one foreign language will give you an advantage and facilitate orientation to at least one additional market.
It is also worth studying labor legislation’s peculiarities, which necessarily change during an economic crisis or war. Mainly, they do not concern specific professions, but rather the form of employment, payment, dismissal, or transfer of employees, as well as work schedule.
One of the fundamental and valuable skills that help in many modern professions is digital literacy. It is not necessary to be up to date with all the latest developments in the digital world but to begin with, you can look for an alternative to the usual work program or try to learn a new one.
It is also necessary to work on the fear of starting something. No matter how progressive the first step to a new career is, it is almost always followed by fear. Many people are wary of the unknown. Overcoming these emotions is not easy, but it is essential to remember that they often disappear almost immediately after you start your new story.
You can consider additional education and upgrading hard skills if a career break has already begun. And if everything is more or less clear with vocational schools, the word “education” causes fear and a lack of understanding of its feasibility in many. But in fact, we are not talking about classical education, but about professional courses, which offer professional programs in just nine months in a different format. It is an excellent opportunity to discover an entirely new profession without initial skills.
So, the path to a new career should also be perceived as an excellent prospect. After all, this process stimulates the acquisition of new skills, professional development, and networking and makes you think about your dreams of learning a new profession.