How can your career survive Corona?
Next to “how do I stay healthy”, that’s the one question I hear most often these days. I checked in with several friends who have survived market shifts, job obsolescence and just plain bad luck. Here are their lessons learned.
Think like an owner. Develop an understanding of the broader factors that underpin the business you’re in. If you ran the circus, what would you do to preserve the company?
Research solutions on your own and share them up the line. Those who help leadership solve problems are likely to keep getting paid. Offer to take a temporary pay cut, rather than a furlough. Watch what the survivors are doing to keep the lights on. Can any of their tactics transfer to your business? Can your business temporarily morph into something else, deploying assets in a different way?
Temporarily transfer your skill sets to jobs that thrive in times like these. I’ve met some smart, well educated people, driving pretty nice cars for Doordash and Uber Eats over the last few months. To a person they are working a “portfolio of jobs” to make ends meet in extraordinary times.
Look ahead. America will recover. But things will be different. Senior leaders are already contemplating lessons learned. The job you come back to may not be the job you left. What will the important careers be in a world where the viruses are more frequent, where people may be less comfortable circulating?
Curbside pickup, home delivery, working from home, office environmental mitigation, virtual education and the technology that supports it will all get more attention going forward. How can you maximize your own employ-ability with these new realities?
The world is in a constant state of evolution. The people who realize and capitalize on that truth are the ones who seem to have a telepathic omniscience and can thrive in just about any situation. The fact that so few are willing to open their eyes to that opportunity makes it much easier for those who can. There is not much competition on the innovative extra mile.
We’re not going back to what was. The future belongs to those who can see what will be… and find a way to contribute to it.