Why The Under-25s Shouldn’t Give Up Hope Of Finding Their Dream Job
As a result of the pandemic, young people are giving up hope of ever finding their dream job. But is all hope lost for the next generation of senior executives?
The pandemic has caused high levels of unemployment, close to the worst ever observed, and has seen millions being placed on furlough. But is the picture really this bleak? Can we recover from the devastating effects of coronavirus? Can the job market bounce back and can the younger generation regain hope for their future careers?
A recent study from the BBC showed that more than one in three young people believe they will have to give up their ideal career for whatever employment they can find, with up to 55% in poorer backgrounds saying they expect to never have a job that they really love.
INVEST IN YOURSELF
While the pandemic has left many in a less than ideal situation, those with more free time can look to upskill and invest their time in personal development. The internet is full of free resources, webinars, and courses that can help anyone learn a new skill or develop existing ones. It’s a great time to identify areas where your skills are lacking or an area that can increase your desirability to potential employers.
Digital skills are becoming more valuable, especially when remote working is set to become the norm for many senior executives. Improve your skillset and make sure you don’t need to rely on the office junior to sort out your Zoom background for you.
BUILD A NETWORK
Zoom has become a networker’s best friend, with lots of different online networking sessions taking place across a range of sectors, regions, and business levels. Find one that is right for you and sign up – an hour of your time could put you in touch with the person who will become an invaluable business contact. Local business forums or Chambers of Commerce are a great place to start when looking for relevant networking events in your area.
For those seeking a new role, virtual networking can also be a great way to prepare yourself for virtual job interviews. Being comfortable on a video call can ensure you’re at ease and can focus on the task at hand, it can even help you appear more professional and adaptable.
It’s not just young people who can find themselves in a disheartening position at the moment. Even senior executives may find themselves unexpectedly seeking a new challenge and it’s vital to retain a positive outlook. The current situation could be the opportunity for you to explore exciting new avenues that you might not have otherwise pursued.
Mental health awareness is now more important than ever. The current state of the job market as well as the ongoing pressures of a global pandemic can understandably have a detrimental effect on anyone’s mental health.
That goes for individuals but also members of your team. It’s important everyone remembers that they are not alone in this situation and to offer empathy and understanding.
The job market may be more competitive than ever but it’s important that young people still believe they can achieve their dream job – they may just have to work a little bit harder to get there.