It’s almost the end of 2020, and it has been an unprecedented year dominated by COVID19, social unrest, economic turbulences. Businesses and individuals are finding it harder than ever to thrive. In Singapore, the labour market is not looking all too rosy – with high job losses and a weak job vacancies to job seeker ratio, it would take a while for the economy to recover.
It is a time where we are all challenged in one way or another. In the face of adversity, there is always an opportunity. We need to rise up to manage the challenges and changes in our lives in order to discover and pursue that opportunity that lies within our adversities.
Recognise that you need to do something for yourself, and don’t leave it in the hands of others – your employer, your supervisor, or even your family.
“Ok I am sold. I know I need to do something, but I don’t know what to do.”
Whether you are employed, unemployed, planning to switch jobs or simply unsure what to do, here are four simple tips to guide your actions.
- If you are not intending to change your job, focus on enhancing your work performance. Don’t just be a C-grader – look back at your performance appraisal and talk to your supervisors to identify areas where you can grow. Give yourself six months to be proactively learn from others, attend training and apply what you have learnt. Thereafter, look back and assess the improvements you have made!
- If you are planning for a job change, be clear about the why, where and how! Start by asking yourself why you want a change and how it will benefit you. Explore your possible options by using online job portals such as MyCareersFuture.gov.sg. Is the grass really greener on the other side? Build up your professional network using LinkedIn and engage other professionals to learn more about “the grass on the other side”. It can open doors for you too!
- If you have been in transition for some time seeking employment, try something different. Step out of your comfort zone and speak to others around you. Ask the contacts in your professional network about opportunities you are interested in. Seek guidance and matchmaking services from Career Coaches in Workforce Singapore Careers Connect and e2i. On a related note, do use the time you have to strengthen relationships with people you love, build up your health and fitness, and explore volunteer and personal interest projects!
- If you still feel stuck and unsure about what to do for your career, don’t continue sitting on the fence. Find someone you trust to talk to about your work situation and assess why you feel that way. There are also Career Coaches, such as those from Workforce Singapore, whom you can speak to.