During a hard time, I came across the word: resilience. What is it actually? It means the skillset that we develop throughout time to overcome difficulties.
It was at the beginning of this year that I started hearing about Coronavirus emergency. It started in Asia and was moving towards Europe and other continents quite fast. People started to take extra precautions and I saw people wearing masks everywhere because I was in Asia at that time. By the time I travelled back to Sweden I heard more and more about the devastating effects on society. Many lost their loved ones, stock prices plummeted, many lost their jobs and the world economy was struggling. It affected our ways of living.
It’s a worrisome situation for people who lost their job and it is even harder for those who are still struggling to get a job. However, I believe there are always possibilities in every situation. During a hard time, I came across the word: resilience. What is it actually? It means the skillset that we develop throughout time to overcome difficulties. And how is it relevant to people who struggle to find a job? I would say very relevant. Because there are many positive ways that we can do to overcome difficulties in this hard time.
Develop your skills
So maybe you’re thinking of developing your current skill or you may want to change your career in another branch. You can equip yourself with these skills so that they can give you more advantages the next time you apply for your dream job. There are many platforms that offer e-learning where you can build your skills. Some of them are free and provided by experts in their fields. I can name a few for you.
There is Google Digital Garage where you can learn skills relating to coding, marketing and many others in your own pace. Linkedin learning provides you with massive learning courses with a subscription. IBM skills where you can learn about AI (artificial intelligence) or IOT (Internet of Things) and many others. Some courses provided by these platforms issue certificates upon completion of the courses.
Perhaps you’re also thinking about giving or sharing with others in this difficult time. Then volunteering jobs are maybe what you’re looking for. Voluntärbyrån, Göteborgs Stad and Svenska Röda Korset are a few among many organizations who offer volunteering opportunities. You can be a leader in a club, you can help to take care of the elderly, or contributing your skills to train others. There are so many things to do!
And perhaps you heard this often and I will say it again. Network network and network! Networking plays a crucial part to get a job. Honestly, when I came here the first time, I found it really challenging to find a network. But let’s face it, you just have to dare yourself. Start engaging and talking with others. Through engagement, I got enormous tips on how to build my network.
We don’t know whether it’s going to lead us to somewhere but we may get in touch with people who know people. Some of the initiatives that give you this amazing opportunity are Mitt Livs Chans, Jobbsprånget, Yrkesdörren and many others. You can find network if you’re going to university as well. Linkedin is also a great place to find a professional network. Start making posts or videos to attract comments and engaging with other professionals.
The last but not least is perseverance. Always keep trying and never give up.