Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, many job and internship opportunities are currently being put on hold, forcing university students and young professionals into a season of waiting and uncertainty. While we continue to practice social distancing, we can think creatively about
Here are three proactive steps you can take to grow your skills and solidify your career goals during this time of social distancing:
Start looking for online classes, certifications, and software training programs that will set you ahead of the curve and help you stand out on a job application. Whatever you are interested in — be it computer science, business analytics, writing, graphic design — find ways to develop those skills via online resources.
PUT TIME IN
If you’re looking for a job or internship, take time to do some research on the field or company of interest. What does the market look like? What does the market need? Who are your preferred companies? What are the company’s mission and values? We also recommend consulting with people we are currently working in the industry or the company you are interested in. The value of this knowledge is worth your time.
SET YOUR GOALS
In addition to reflecting on your overall career goals, it is important to take time to understand WHY you are doing what you are doing. Why do you want to pursue this career opportunity? What is your motivation? What small goals can you make today to achieve this?