Welcome to The Career Crowd and our very first episode! Given that we started this podcast during the pandemic, this episode must be about COVID, and the impact that COVID has had on careers, both positive and negative.
The COVID pandemic has impacted careers in many ways and could change the future of working forever, but what can we learn from similar economic crises of the past? As your guides through this treacherous topic, Jon, Ian, and Mital share their personal stories from the Great Recession of 2009 and draw parallels (and contrasts) with the economic impact of the current pandemic. You’ll hear about both successes and struggles during challenging times, with a message that we’ve been through tough times before, developed and grown as a result, and we’ll make it through this…together. And if Ian and Jon can both start new jobs during the pandemic, maybe there’s hope for others looking to make a move in their career too.
We also shed some light on the disproportionate effect that COVID has had on young people, highlighting the areas of the economy and careers which have been most impacted, and which might be more likely to bounce back as we start to emerge into the world of “new normal” and ask, will work ever be the same again?
We end the episode with the first installment of a recurring segment that we like to call “Career Fear.” In the “Career Fear” segment, we talk about a career topic or theme that might cause us some anxiety, creating a safe space for conversations on difficult issues and providing some important resources along the way. In this episode, we focus on the topic of uncertainty. COVID has created a lot of uncertainty in our lives and careers, so we dive deep into this topic, identifying the ways that uncertainty can impact on your career (some people thrive off uncertainty!), and some top tips for handling uncertainty in your personal and professional lives. Remember…attention, learning, and habituation!
And of course, we want to hear from you! Drop us a line and tell us, how has COVID impacted your career or job prospects? Has furlough opened up a new path for you? How does career uncertainty impact you and are you a Stabiliser, a Glider, an Energiser, or an Adventurer? And what other career fears really keep you awake at night?
We cannot wait to bring you more content, more guests, and more information to help you and your career to Stand Out from the Crowd!