Professionals in a wide range of occupations and industries are finding themselves working from home lately, and this is giving people time to reflect on their career choices and abilities. With this newfound free time, the go-getters of the world are planning their next career moves and focusing on future career development. Whether you have been laid off due to quarantines and shutdowns or you just have more time on your hands since working from home, take some time to consider these career development tips.
1. Use This Opportunity to Read More
If you are stuck at home for the foreseeable future, use your abundance of free time to start reading more. Whether you focus on texts related to your field or you choose to read for leisure, becoming more well-read is always beneficial. Not only can you learn more about your industry and the world around you, but you can also unwind and let your mind wander without watching Netflix or playing videogames.
2. Engage With Your Peers Online
Working from home can be isolating, but you can also use this opportunity to forge new working relationships. If your office has set up an online chatroom for productivity, strike up a conversation with your peers online. You can make new connections with people you don’t typically run into at the office and expand your network, all while practicing social distancing!
3. Learn Something New or Accomplish Something Every Day
It can be easy to fall into the trap of watching TV or playing video games in your downtime when working from home, but keeping your mind active when you are off the clock is crucial. Dedicate some time each day to learning or accomplishing something new. Whether you are teaching yourself a new language or you are working bit-by-bit on a long-term project, taking small steps each day can result in massive amounts of progress.
4. Consider Your Career’s Trajectory and Polish Your Resume
While many professionals have transitioned to working from home since COVID-19 started spreading in earnest, others have not been so lucky. If you were recently laid off, use this time to consider your career path and start applying to new jobs with a freshly-polished resume. If you enjoy your job but have recently been stuck in a rut, use your extra time at home to think about ways to make that next step in your career.
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