Do you have a Plan B?
If you’re one of those who were laid off given the trying times, possibility is that you’re already working on your next stint. Not just those who lost their nine-to-fives, many others are reevaluating their careers including entrepreneurs. The workforce has moved online paving the way for a new normal of working from home. Once considered a greener pasture, working from home especially during a nationwide lockdown, poses us to a complete digital accessibility round the clock. Translating to longer work hours leaving little to no time for rejuvenation.
Those stuck with organizations that are far from respecting personal time and space, are more likely to consider a pivot. However, there are a number of business owners who are planning a shift to sustain in the uncertain post pandemic world. Why you ask? Survival for event management companies, outdoor activity curators and more is questionable even post COVID-19.
48% of employees are considering an industry career change after COVID-19 settles downA recent study by O.C. Tanner
The enriching thing about being locked up in our homes is not being surrounded by colleagues. Working by oneself leads to introspection and asking questions about where we’re headed in our careers – a great starting point. If you haven’t already, give this piece a read. If you’re in the midst of paving the way for your shift, this read will act like a checklist of sorts to make sure you haven’t missed out on anything.
“I stop what I am doing, close my eyes, and ask myself, ‘ if nobody showed me how to do my job, how would I be doing it? And then I see what surfaces”Sara Blakely, Founder Spanx
Dreams are your source
If you know what you have always wanted to do or be but got drifted away from it and landed yourself a mundane life, your goal is set. All that’s needed now is to plan and design the path to the goal. It is normal to get overwhelmed with the idea of revisiting what once used to be all we ever wanted, but finding a life of purpose goes way beyond the digits in our bank accounts.
Upgrade your game
If you’re working in the industry that you’ve always wanted but are still looking to pivot, upgrading is the answer. We are not talking about registering for a zillion webinars and online courses, no! Self evaluation will help you understand what you bring to the table and then you can plan your next step. To simplify, start by journaling what you’re good at and rate yourself. Highlight the bonus skills. Compare the results with that of the requirement of your current designation or point in your business. This kind of an evaluation will take you to realize what you’re truly worth. Chalk out the plan based on what it is that you want to make of your life, given your understanding of yourself.
Smaller paycheck, Bigger smile
Amani Roberts transitioned from being in hospitality sales at Marriott to a disc jockey by testing waters as a side hustle initially. This is the best way to reduce the financial risk while considering a shift. If by necessity or choice there isn’t another option but to dive right in, do it. The bigger smile is worth taking the plunge for a few smaller paychecks.
Finding a life purpose can get difficult, self awareness is not an easy one either. It takes time and effort so don’t let it burn you out. It is key to have an open mind and not missing out on the soft inner voices or that idea that popped in the shower.