What To Do When Faced With Career Uncertainty
Career uncertainty is scary but it can also give us a chance to reflect on the direction we are taking.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, you’re not alone. That’s because humans crave certainty. There are many things out of our control right now, including the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, the duration of social-distancing measures, a potential second wave, the economic and financial impact, and government policy.
What we can control is our own response to the current crisis. Whether you’ve been laid off or are working for a company that is on shaky ground, here are some steps you can take to deal with career uncertainty.
Acknowledge the distress
The best thing you can do to deal with career uncertainty is to acknowledge your feelings. Many professionals find verbalizing your concerns to a Career Coach allows them to make sense of what’s happening and put things into perspective. A Career Coach can help you identify the items that are out of your control. Then you can let go of those fears so you can focus on what is within your sphere of influence. A great Career Coach will help you to move forward while feeling more in control and less of a victim.
Use this time wisely
When the job market picks up again, there will be two kinds of job applicants. Those that recognized the pause button was pressed and productively utilize the time, and those that didn't.
What books can you read that will expand your professional perspective and expose you to new topics and thinking?
Where can you utilize your skills by helping others through volunteering? Volunteering doesn't just make the world better—it makes you better too. Assisting others helps us manage our own emotions, decreases symptoms of depression, and ultimately, improves our emotional well-being.
What class, seminar, workshop, or webinar can you engage in to sharpen your skills or gain new ones?
Open your mind
When we are faced with career uncertainty, it can give us a chance to pause and reflect on the direction we are taking. Give yourself a chance to dream and visualize your ideal job scenario. Connect with a Career Coach and do some Career Exploration work. Through this work you will be asked some key questions:
What careers have you brainstormed or fantasized about?
What work have you thought you might love to try at some point?
What new field(s) have you thought about getting more education or training in?
Now maybe just the time to consider a more fulfilling career option. “Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than you are to your comfort zone.”
Connect here Career Exploration Series - Connecting To Your Inner GPS to use this time wisely. You are not alone, and there is help to walk you through the process of Career Exploration.
The current environment can feel daunting. But there are steps you can take to take charge of your future. Don't let the current situation paralyze you. Instead, focus on what is within your sphere of control. Before you know it, you'll find yourself back in the driver’s seat with a career and life you love.