Economic uncertainty remains as Covid continues to impact the construction industry. The pandemic resulted in historically high unemployment around the country leaving many people to consider major career changes. Career reinvention is trending now, too. If you are considering a career change, then you can rebrand yourself and do something new with the right strategy. Let’s review some principles for changing careers during Covid.
Reflect on Your Current Situation
It can be difficult to know when the right time is for a career pivot. Many people are already dealing with life altering events from Covid that could make a professional transition even more complicated than normal. Since hiring has slacked off across many industries, it is important to consider a trade that provides stability during these tumultuous times. That being said, the payoff could be worth the challenges by finding a role that suits your long-term needs better than your current situation.
Audit Your Qualifications
Narrow down your career path options by auditing your hard and soft skills, professional accomplishments, and core values. Make a list of your dream jobs but keep it realistic. This can help you create a career roadmap and plan the experience that you will need to gain to reach your goal.
Complete Side Projects
From taking part-time classes to volunteering in an unfamiliar profession, use your downtime to investigate new career options first before diving in. Then, consider who you want to become and what you can best contribute. This will enable you to weigh the pros and cons of changing careers during Covid.
Consider the Long-Term Outlook for the Industry
Specific professions like those related to hospitality, retail, transportation, etc. were impacted harder than others during the pandemic. Since it will take longer for many of these businesses to rebound and start hiring again, candidates are encouraged to research what the long-term outlook is for their respective industry. Construction recruiters are quick to point out that there is a pent-up demand for new projects across the industry. The Biden Administration has proposed The Build Back Better Initiative with plans for vast investments in infrastructure and new clean-energy projects. So, the demand to fill new construction positions is expected to grow significantly over the next decade.
Even construction recruiters can’t tell you when the right time to change careers is. If you are considering a change, you can follow these principles to help you better understand the motivation behind wanting to make such a move. We can tell you that some industries might take a while to bounce back, while others are in a better position to surge in the months ahead.
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