How to confidently reinvent your career post COVID-19

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By U2B Staff 

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As the challenges associated with COVID-19 continue to mount, uncertainty and risk remain high as well and many fresh graduates or established professionals are starting to reconsider their careers or have started looking into undergoing a career overhaul during a pandemic. 

So how do we balance the worries of maintaining basic survival while also trying to remain optimistic and positive for a career overhaul during a pandemic?

Here are a few basic principles that can keep you focused and motivated as you embark on this journey of redevelopment.

Change your mindset and broaden your horizons for a career overhaul during a pandemic

Changing your view of rejection can diminish your fear of ”no’’ and prepare you for ”yes’’. To learn more about nailing a job interview with confidence, Ted.com has a lot of free resources to offer.

The website features inspiring professionals that are ever-willing to share their knowledge, catering to those who aspire to learn with videos in over a hundred languages.

In this informative talk, Julian Treasure, a sound consultant who studies sound and studies sound and advises businesses on how best to use it, shares and demonstrates tips on how to be well-received and most importantly heard when sharing information. 

Ted has a lot more to offer those who are looking to transform their careers.

Neuroscientist, Daniel Levitin’s talk on ‘’How to stay calm when you know you’ll be stressed’’ discusses how to avoid making critical mistakes in stressful situations when your thinking becomes clouded.

Celeste Headlee, a writer, and radio host shares key insight on ‘’10 ways to have a better conversation’’ which will be beneficial for those who are planning to embark on a career that relies heavily on effective communication. 



Learn something new and unleash your inner entrepreneur

LinkedIn provides free courses for those who are working remote-jobs, keen on becoming entrepreneurs or are establishing a new business for the first time.

Time Management: Working from Home is a course that is available for free and is ideal for individuals who are embarking on careers that are no longer office-bound and are ideal for those who find it tricky to stay productive.

This course, developed by bestselling author and productivity expert Dave Crenshaw offers best practices that will help you craft your daily schedule for peak productivity and plan meaningful breaks to avoid burnout.

Dorie Clarke, professor at Duke and Columbia, offers an essential course on Strategic Thinking, while Jeff Ansell’s course on Communicating with Confidence teaches the basics of effective verbal communication.

The University of Illinois offers learners a free online course on entrepreneurship titled Innovation: From Creativity to Entrepreneurship Specialisation.

This eight-month course is designed for beginners and is available via Coursera and teaches future and current entrepreneurs how to identify and question assumptions and constraints to capitalise on opportunities.

Learners enrolled in this course will develop skills in various areas, including innovation, business value, management, problem-solving, and adaptability.

At the end of this course, learners can expect to create new market propositions to discover new market opportunities to remain competitive.