Blog | 5 P’s of Life
During this pandemic, our work-life changed. Some professions could adjust to working from home using technology, such as virtual private networks and video calling services.
Other professions did not have that flexibility. They may have temporarily closed or required personal protective equipment for employees to continue operations.
As you navigated these changes, you may have discovered more things about yourself and what you want from a job.
Some may have realized they enjoy time with their family and prefer working from home. Others may have realized they need to be out of the home environment to excel professionally.
Some may have revitalized their passion for their work. Whereas others may have confirmed they really don’t like their chosen field.
As you reflect on your self-discovery, ask yourself these three questions. If you’re unhappy with your current job, this step will help you identify a job better suited for you once we recover from this pandemic.
1- Do you find your industry interesting?
Your industry could be technology, health care, professional services, manufacturing, etc. If you find your industry interesting, then you’ll be motivated to continue learning and developing an expertise in it.
If you don’t find it interesting, figure out if you prefer service industries or industries that produce something tangible. Identify at least ten companies you would like to work for in the future.
Given the current economic state, evaluate if your preferred industry is recession-proof. If it is, then you may find upcoming opportunities. If it’s not, then you may have to wait for the economy to recover before an opportunity becomes available.
2- Do you enjoy your role?
You may find your industry interesting but dislike your current role. Instead of being on the sales side, you may prefer an operational role. Or instead of managing people, you may prefer working directly with clients.
Look at job descriptions for your industry to figure out your ideal position. Make note of the required education and experience necessary for each role.
If you need to further your education or experience, create a plan on how you will achieve this professional growth.
3- Who do you know that can help you achieve your professional aspiration?
Here’s where your connections become valuable. Start sharing with people you know what you would like to achieve.
Even though it’s not an ideal time to switch jobs, you never know when an opportunity may surface. The more connections you talk with, the more you’ll learn about your industry and what to expect in the future.
Our work environment may never return to the way it was … that’s why it’s an ideal time to re-evaluate your professional aspirations. As companies shift how they do business, new roles and even new companies may emerge.
These changes may be uncomfortable initially. Strive to embrace the changes and enjoy the journey. But more importantly, stay PEF (positive, enthused, and focused)!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Niv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA™, RICP®, CRPC®, is the Founder of Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Life is more than money. It’s about living the lifestyle you want and can afford. For that reason, Niv consults with clients on money, life, and work. Her approach capitalizes on techniques she learned throughout her career, including as a management consultant, executive recruiter, and financial advisor. Her services include developing spending plans, comprehensive financial plans, divorce financial reviews, retirement plans. Niv actively gives back to her community through her volunteer efforts. She believes in living life to the fullest by cherishing friendships, enjoying the beauty of nature and laughing often — even at herself. Her favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me.’”
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