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Why 2020 Is The Perfect Time To Make A Career Change | Forbes

if you've been paying attention for the

last few months you've

learned that job security is a myth

it's always been but it's much more

evident now

the market is extremely dynamic and in

demand

industries and skills change swiftly and

even stellar performers are not

protected

from the negative impact of a crashing

economy

it's exactly these three realities that

should inspire you to consider your next

career move

if you already love what you do then

focus on how to continuously

reinvent your skills to morph with the

changing market

but if you've been dreaming of making a

career change

now may be the perfect time to get

started here's why

first you're already experiencing

disruption

it may be in the form of a furlough a

change in work responsibilities or a

virtual working environment

but one of the major reasons people

don't pursue a job switch

is because humans dislike change and

more specifically

the discomfort and ambiguity that comes

with changes

even positive was but now you're being

forced to change

anyhow this may be a great time to

capitalize on that force

and move in the direction you've always

wanted to go

it won't be comfortable or easy and

there will be ambiguity

but that already exists in your

workplace and industry right now

so why not take the reins and create the

future you want

instead of being pulled along by a

current that doesn't

much care where you end up next the

world is changing rapidly

right now it's changing daily and while

that will level off eventually

we'll never return to where we were

before if you choose the safe route and

remain on the path you've always been on

it may only be a matter of time before

you hit a dead end

what's been working for your career for

the last several years

will not work for the next several so

you need to decide if you want to begin

carving your new path now

or wait for fate to flunk you out in an

area of chance

three you have time well this doesn't

apply to everyone

if it applies to you it's a fantastic

opportunity to take advantage of

if you're not commuting or you have

extra time to learn new skills

why not take an online certification

course or start that side gig

what are you waiting for the pandemic

has thrown us

all for a major and unprecedented loop

but it will end and you may never get a

chance like this again in your lifetime

stop waiting for things to return to

normal because

normal doesn't look anything like you

remember it

instead seize this moment to focus on

what you've always wanted to do

next gaps are explainable there will

never

likely be another year in your

professional history like

2020 where you will need to explain away

a gap on your resume or

layoff from a company the global

pandemic has impacted

the world so you'll find many

sympathetic interviewers who understand

what you're facing in your career

history during this time

so use that gift and take a risk on a

new career that you've always wanted to

try

take control of your next step and no

matter how it turns out

chances are it won't be any worse than

many have already experienced this year

and you can definitely handle it next

agility is king no matter what your

expertise or profession

adaptability is the most important skill

of the future

and there's no better way to build that

skill than to dive into the deep end of

the pool

agility resilience and creativity aren't

skills you can learn

under ordinary everyday circumstances

they're only really attainable during

adversity and right now

we have adversity in spades so make good

use of it you can't know how strong you

are until your strength is tested at the

outer limits

and it's unlikely you'll get another

chance like this in your lifetime

to test your professional agility

lastly if not now then when

humans resist change with every fiber of

their being

it's uncomfortable anxiety provoking

ambiguous and hard

i bet so many would be career surgeries

who are too afraid to walk away from the

reputation

salary lifestyle and identity they've

built

because they fear mistakes or

embarrassment

or lusts well mistakes are inevitable on

the path to growth

and embarrassment is when you give

others power to shame you

and loss well that's just a part of

every change

as our gains so the things you fear

about change

except for embarrassment since that's a

choice are just the starting blocks

if a switch has been on your mind

remember that most people regret what

they haven't done

more than what they have done so

consider

that when you look back on this moment

of choice

if you've been waiting for a sign an

excuse or a nudge to get started on your

career switch

it's happening right at this very moment

so go for it you've got us

you