Survey after survey on the impact of the pandemic on working women are confirming that women have been hit the hardest in this pandemic induced economic downturn. Now experts all over the world are urging women who are forced to leave or have been laid off to use their break to brush up on their skills to get ready to come back to work. So, if you are a woman who is on a career break due to Covid layoffs, child care challenges, or for other reasons, take heart because a break does not have to be the end of the line for your career.
Stay in touch and develop a new skill at the side
The most important thing to remember is to never fall off the bandwagon, what we mean is that you should always stay in touch with all the happenings of your industry. Second, focus on your skills, whether it’s getting recertified or developing a new skill, always ensure that you are staying on top of your game. This is because you never know when a professional opportunity will present itself and you want to stay ahead of the curve at all times.
This is great time for women to make the switch to tech careers
Although the entire world has been struggling with unemployment, one cannot deny that more avenues have opened for flexible work and working from home job opportunities, and hence, women need to take full advantage of this. Many industries have a gap between talent and job opportunities, like the IT industry, for example, and this is a great time for women to make the shift to tech careers. With the right skills, it can be done.
A career break can help you get out of a professional rut
On the other hand, a career break is also a great time to take a step back and really take a look at your career. Is your current career path the one you want to continue or do you want to make a change somewhere? If you are feeling stuck, take the time to do your research and to find an alternative career opportunity or role that brings more purpose and meaning to your life.
The pandemic has shifted a large number of educational courses online, this means that you can take up a course in the comfort of your own home after the kids are in bed. Learning online is the best during a global pandemic and it really shows that you definitely thinking hard about getting back to work, when you put it on your resume. So, what’s stopping you from making the most of your career break. Grab every opportunity and make it count.