Career Tips for the Covid-19 Lockdown: How To Make the Most of a Furlough

On the face of it, lockdown appears like an absolute nightmare, the idea of being forced into our homes, unable to work, unable to go out and boredom around every turn. With this being said however there is another way in which we can view this lockdown, and that is as an opportunity to build or rebuild your career. Ask yourself how many times you have thought about how amazing a pause in life would be, a break to allow you to get ahead before kickstarting again. This is exactly what the lockdown has brought and this could be the best thing that has ever happened with regards to your career, and here is how to make the most of it.

Re-Educate

This is the perfect time to up your knowledge and your education in order to go forward and getting a better job or career. Sometimes it can seem that you won’t be able to switch up careers because you don’t have the required knowledge or education but the reality is that right now you have a great chance to hit the books and upskill  yourself. There is a plethora of resources online which you can find to take your skills and knowledge to the next level.

Business Launch

You may think that given the mass closure of so many business around the world that now would be the worst time to launch a company but the truth is that now is a great time. First of all you will be launching your company under new conditions, not having to adapt to them. Secondly there are gaps in the market which has been left by closing businesses, there is also plenty of high quality staff and businesses equipment on the market from those businesses as well. If ever there was a time to double down on your plans for launching a business, now is certainly it.

Plotting Your Rise

If you are happy in your career but you would like to go higher up the ladder then this is a perfect time to plot your plan to get to the top. When we are going through the daily motions it can be tough to get that all important moment for reflection. This is the time that you can look to perform a self-review, to reflect on where you are in your work and how you can start to climb. Not this may involve some tough realizations about what you need to do differently and you may even find that you have reached your ceiling in your current company, and that you possibly need to move. Take some time out of your day to reflect on where you are, where you would like to be and what that journey looks like.

This lockdown may seem problematic and negative, but if you treat it right then you can actually capitalize on this opportunity and use it for  amore positive future post–lockdown.

Nichola Hunt

Cocktail aficionado. Large dog breed lover. Fondness of summer dresses. Hater of pickles. Born in London, based in Bali.

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