The answer to this question is a definitive yes! this pandemic has brought some amazing opportunities for everyone, it has opportunities for you to progress in your career and achieve the goals you intended to achieve.

There are four things you need to consider when you decide to have a career change, we will talk about each of them below.

The financial strength of the organization you want to join

This is one of the first things you do before joining any organization you check the organization's financials. especially their financial position before the covid-19 pandemic era. check out the companies' accounts online, company checks, etc. Anything you can find on the company’s financials.

Check out if the company is investing or cutting costs? All you are trying to do is to know if the company is financially stable or not. The goal is to know if the company financials are good enough to ride out a recession.

It is not limited to your research alone, even during the interview, ask your future employer questions to know how the recent events have affected the company's financial position and their plans.

Will the series of lockdowns affect the correct functioning of the company?

It is no news that the series of lockdowns had bad effects on different sectors of the economy, these sectors include hospitality, leisure, travel, and property. The lockdown prevents people from participating in activities that would boost these sectors.

But sectors like technology, financial services, and online retailing have had a little negative impact. The lockdown has given them a lot more positive impacts as they have a lot more customers now that rely on these sectors for most of their day-to-day activity during and after lockdowns.

You need to be cautious of the sector you want to move to because if it is a sector that is negatively affected by the lockdowns depending on the degree of effect, it would be a bad idea to venture into such sectors.

What kind of role would I be playing in the company? A business-critical role, revenue-generating role, or a luxury to the organization?

The kind of role you play in the organization matter a lot if your role in the organization is critical to the running of the day-to-day activities. Then the company will continually need your skills and experience. This is great as this would make you a valuable asset to the company.

On the order hand, if you are joining the organization in a revenue-generating capacity, you need to be sure your skill sets would be able to carry out such duty without disappointing the organization. You need to consider the pandemic and other external factors that might hinder your performance.

if your role is not business-critical or revenue-generating, and it is not essential to the company's core function then the probability of you being laid off during any recession is very high, as the organization would be trying to cut down costs.

You compare the new opportunity in the new organization and that of your current role in your organization?

Before considering new opportunities, you need to consider your current role and organizations. Ask yourself questions to know your true situation in your current organization.

Are you happy with your current role? Are there opportunities to progress beyond my current role in the organizations? Does my current organization value me? etc.

If your answers to this question are, Yes! Then you need to be sure if you are making the right choice to leave.

But if after answering these questions your answer is No! then you compare and consider the options you have with the one you had in your current organization.

Should I change jobs during a global pandemic?

Yes, provided the opportunity passes the four tests above. Make sure you stay open to opportunities, retain a growth mindset, and make sure the opportunities you select allow you to progress in your chosen career.

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