Today’s post is going to be a little more personal. I will take you on a journey of changing careers during the COVID-19 Pandemic. I changed my career rather drastically, and by doing so changed my life drastically, and you can do the same through free online learning with Alison. Making the change is something that anyone can do, regardless of how long you’ve been in your particular industry or what your industry is. All it takes is the will to do it. The first step is taking stock of the skills you already have, and you’ll be surprised at how transferable they are. Add to this online education, making the jump has never been easier. At Alison, we have all the tools and knowledge that you’ll need to begin writing the next chapter of your life. Now get cozy, and I’ll tell you a story.
The Last Dinner Service, Now What?
As you probably saw from my byline, name is Rhett Freeman and I write the blogs for Alison. I used to be a chef, and I was pretty good, so how did I get here? The Corona Virus hit, and the hospitality industry got decimated. Restaurants closed permanently. Those that survived could barely make ends meet by offering takeout food and ready-made meals. People lost jobs on a massive scale because of restaurants closing down or cutting costs to keep their heads above water.
Making The Decision to Start Over.
I kept my job. I wasn’t earning what I used to, but I was glad I had something, and it was manageable for a while. Then the bills started piling up. I had to choose to sink or swim. I had to be honest with myself. I loved cooking and food, but I couldn’t make a decent living. The hours aren’t conducive to social life either. It’s by no means an easy choice to make, changing careers during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
It was time for some career guidance. By using this tool, like me, you’ll be able to see the enormous number of available careers and just how many of them you would make an excellent fit for you.
The pandemic taught the world that people don’t have to come into an office every day to do their jobs. What kinds of courses and certificates would be required? Will the free courses be accredited? How could I begin learning online with limited finances? You’ll have to ask the same questions. Alison can answer them.
By taking the free workplace personality test, you’ll understand yourself better and make an informed decision about the kind of work that suits you best. Combine that with the career guide, and you’ll have a clear picture of what you want to do and the goals you need to set.
As it turns out, my love of literature and writing was just what I needed to start turning my fortunes around. All I needed was to sign up for a few copywriting courses. It also helped that I worked on the soft skills that will allow me to wow potential employers
The Transitioning to A Home Office.
You’ve done the work getting your Certificate and Diploma. You landed your new job. Do you have everything you need to start working from home? Getting a laptop, desk and office chair is just the tip of the iceberg.
There’s still more to learn. Working from home isn’t the same as working from the office. Not just because pants have become optional. Time management will be even more critical. Working from home can be very distracting. You’ll have to stay motivated even though it can sometimes feel like you’re working on an island.
Avoid the possible pitfalls of working from how by embracing the tools and knowledge available for free with Alison and turn your career change into a life change.