Periods of uncertainty cause humans to reassess their priorities, and the current environment is no exception. Right now, you might realize you want more out of your work or that you’re finally ready to change jobs. Don’t assume that you need to put your professional life on hold because we’re in the middle of a pandemic. According to a recent MetLife survey, 1 in 4 women are considering a new career path as a result of the pandemic. In fact, there are many reasons why this is the right time to consider a career change.
You’re ready to dig deep
The current environment has given us all pause to look deeply into how we spend our time. If you are thinking about a career change, you are probably questioning whether your work is truly fulfilling. Look back at your professional life and identify those moments that brought you joy and meaning. What projects or activities made you feel truly alive? When were you most in touch with your authentic self? Asking yourself these questions will allow you to identify a sense of purpose and inform your future professional path.
Your priorities are clear
If Covid-19 has done anything, it has helped recalibrate our values. The family unit has become a priority. We want to dedicate more time and energy to activities beyond our jobs—making flexibility more essential. The idea of making a big impact on the world is slowly replacing the idea of receiving a big paycheck. If you’re considering a career change, you may also be thinking more about what sort of legacy you want to leave behind or how you can help improve other people’s lives.
You have more flexibility
With employees working remotely, there is increased autonomy and empowerment. You have more control over your schedule and can work at your own pace. Without that nasty daily commute, you have additional time to focus on career development activities like webinars, virtual conferences or online classes. Working from home is also the perfect environment to network. Let’s face it—it’s much easier to form a virtual connection with a fellow professional from the comfort of your own home without having your boss looking over your shoulder.
You have more remote opportunities
Covid-19 has forced companies all over the world to embrace working from home. FlexJobs recently reported how at least 27 companies have switched to long-term remote work, including Adobe, Amazon, Microsoft and Capital One. Many analysts believe that the remote-working environment will continue to thrive long after the pandemic. “The Covid-19 outbreak and subsequent social isolation measures have caused companies to explore remote work options and implement collaborative tools in an attempt to sustain business through the crisis, says Rick Gibbs, a performance specialist with Insperity, a human-resource solutions firm. “As the number of remote workers increases, and teams prove they can maintain productivity outside the office, some employers may consider remote work as a permanent solution.” And according to Global Workplace Analytics, an estimated 25% to 30% of the workforce will be working from home multiple days a week by the end of 2021. So, if you’d like to make a career change because you want to work remotely, now is the time.
Because of the current environment, employers are more understanding than ever regarding a career change. Ask yourself whether there is work you should be doing that makes a difference in the world. After all, the average American typically changes jobs 10 to 15 times in their lifetime. There is no better moment to embrace the opportunity to reinvent your career. In the long-term, it could be the most rewarding thing you do.