The employment picture at the moment is as grim as any of us has seen. More than 20 million Americans lost their jobs in April, bringing the unemployment rate to 14.7 percent. To say that we’re in a jobs crisis seems like a gross understatement.
Yet while many industries found themselves on pause (or worse) this year because of COVID-19, others are desperate to hire.
People are needed in fields like delivery, food banks, shelters and other social services. More restaurants and hotels are likely to reopen soon, so we expect demand in hospitality to resume in the coming days ahead.
Not everyone, however, will find work in the field where they might have worked before. Is that a bad thing? Not even close.
In fact, for anyone thinking about switching careers, now might not be as bad of a time as it may seem.
If you haven’t already, it’s a very good time to figure out what really matters to you personally and professionally.
Career switching, of course, can often take months, or years if special skills or certifications are needed. But what might surprise you is that, before this pandemic, many employers were open to people reskilling and were even open to helping along the way. It might be overly optimistic for us to say, but it’s not hard to imagine that eventually we’ll back to that place, and perhaps sooner than we might imagine.
Amazon recently announced a $700 million program to re-skill 100,000 of its U.S. based employees in areas such as healthcare, machine learning, manufacturing, robotics, and computer science. Other companies are either considering, planning or are already doing likewise.
As you consider your options and plot a course for the future, we’d recommend that you consider temporary employment or contract work through a temporary staffing firm like Apprentice Personnel.
Doing so could introduce you to new jobs, industries, and opportunities you’ve only dreamed about until now.