Career Advice Column
By Miriam Magner Flynn
CEO Career Decisions Ireland
Career Transition & Organisational Change Experts
SUPPORTING YOUR PEOPLE & ORGANISATION IMPACTED BY COVID-19
If you are experiencing job loss due to COVID-19, Career Decisions are happy to share their expertise to help you. People react to job losses the same way as the loss of anything significant in their lives — they grieve. It can seem overwhelming with so much to do, however, know that you are not alone and many others are currently in a similar position. We’ve seen first- hand, through our global partners, the impact of COVID-19 globally. Career Decisions, Ireland’s Award-Winning Career Transition, Change & Outplacement Firm, share their 25 years Career Coaching expertise at this time to help employees who have been laid off or lost their jobs to prepare for the future.
“These are unprecedented times and many organisations are hurting and have had to lay people off and make roles redundant and we are working with organisations throughout the country to support and prepare their people to transition into new employment” said Miriam
Magner Flynn, Managing Director of Career Decisions.
1. Problems are Opportunities in disguise
“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” — Winston Churchill
Amid the COVID-19 crisis there will be opportunities. If you have lost your job or have been laid off, you should take this time to reflect and see this as a journey of opportunity to learn, grow and improve. This learning will help open new doors for you in the new world of work ahead.
Problems are sometimes a welcome opportunity to change something or learn and grow from the experience presented. This positive mindset has many benefits and for some people, the current crisis maybe a blessing in disguise and a valuable opportunity for personal growth. Where there are problems, there are always opportunities, but your challenge is to search and find the opportunity -So start brainstorming!
2. Upskill – Develop a new Skill:
“Now is a good time to upskill and develop new skills in preparation for the future world of work” said Miriam. Employees should use this time of self-isolation to learn a new skill or to complete a course that will enable you to come out of this crisis armed with new skills, learning and increased employability. New skills will help your marketability & make you more employable either within your own organisation or in external organisations.
“My team and I have used this time of crisis to upskill on the use technology. As a result of this upskilling, we are now using technology which is very user friendly to deliver Individual Career Transition Coaching and Executive Coaching to hundreds of people across organisations nationwide, all of whom are working from home. We are also using this technology to facilitate group workshops and deliver group training sessions to people in multi-locations. The feedback is that the sessions are very effective and enjoyable. Upskilling has made this new mode of delivery possible and has ensured the continuity of business for Career Decisions.” said Miriam.
Check out some of the many free online courses eg. The Education & Training Boards, Griffith College, Alison.com and MOOS.org
Take this opportunity to sign up for a free course to upskill and increase your employability.
For further information & advice visit www.careerdecisions.ie
25 Years specialising in providing organisations with Career Transition support for their employees going through Redundancy & Redeployment.