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Everything different! Career change during and after Corona

Times are not easy right now, and the job market is a challenge. But one thing is certain: there will be a time after Corona. But it can sometimes look different than we all imagined.

Everything is different - should I change too?

For one thing, however, this situation may have been good: Many of us have had more time than in a long time to be clear about what we really want, what really counts.

Do you love your job

What do you really want and what do you need to be more satisfied - with your job and therefore with your life?

You can use the negative to get the positive out of it: Losing a job is undoubtedly not nice. But there is also the chance to ask yourself honestly: Where do I actually want to go? What have I perhaps not dared to do so far?Difficult phases in our life have the power to give us more courage - according to the motto: When, if not now ?! Or as we like to say at If you want, you can!

Because at some point this crisis will be over. And if you are already working now to be able to do what makes sense for you later, then you are already working for yourself and for the benefit of your future. So make good use of this time for yourself - how you can do it psychologically, explains work psychologist Christa Schirl in this video.

Why change is exhausting

If you change nothing, nothing will change!

As simple as it sounds, it can be so painful. If you are stuck in a job that you consider to be a burden, or who currently have no job at all, you have exactly two options:

  1. Leaving everything as it is and waiting for something to happen that gets you out of the situation
  2. Leave your comfort zone and take the first step towards change.

Start with the meaning

In the beginning there is the meaning. The easiest is often the hardest: How do you find out what you really want, what is your dream job?

These 5 steps can help you on the right path to your dream job:

Develop yourself further

Learning new things is important - especially in this fast-moving world. As you know, the working world of tomorrow will be even more changeable, even more flexible and even more digital. That demands of each of us Life long learning. Staying on the ball and learning new things not only opens up job prospects - even in difficult labor market situations like the one at the moment - but also new horizons. Employers also welcome further training and a thirst for knowledge.

Your way to the ideal advanced training:

By the way, doing something regularly for your further education has a positive psychological side effect: Rituals have great power over us. Regular time slots for your hobbies or further training ensure that you have the feeling that you can control things that you cannot control at all. This gives structure to your day and makes you feel happy when you are doing something meaningful for yourself.

So do you have a little one Training plan Rightly - for example, one hour online course for further education on Tuesday and Thursday evenings - you are investing not only in your career, but also in your general satisfaction.

Our recommendations for further training at home

The biggest blessing during the self-isolation was probably the Internet: Regardless of whether it is Netflix, online fitness program or video calls with friends and family ... the World Wide Web also helps us out in terms of further training. With these tips & tools you can develop yourself further (from home) at any time:

1. MOOCs & online lectures

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and online lectures make it possible to learn new things from home and at any time - and much of it completely free of charge. From the short course unit to the online MBA, everything is possible, depending on how motivated you are.

Our MOOC recommendations:

  • Austrian MOOCs platform: iMooX
    This platform is accessible free of charge and can also be freely reused and reused (Creative Commons licenses). Their goal: to make university and general content accessible to a broad section of the population and to give as many as possible the opportunity to continue their education. Every semester, the platform is expanded to include other exciting courses.
  • International MOOCs: MOOCs search
    Offers an international search to find a wide variety of MOOCs and free online courses, e.g. B. the providers Coursera, edX, FutureLearn and universities to search and filter according to criteria.
  • Skillshare: especially for creative professions
    How do you produce a video yourself? How do you turn your hobby into a business and earn money with it? Or how do you brew the perfect beer? The teachers are always experts in their field. There are some free courses there, at the moment Skillshare is also offering extended free trial subscriptions as part of the corona crisis, after which an annual subscription costs around. € 100.
  • Codecadamy teaches programming languages
    Anyone who has always wanted to learn programming should stop by Codecademy. The basic version with interactive learning content is free of charge.
  • For professional skills: Haufe Academy
    Regardless of whether it is conflict management, leadership or stress management - the Haufe Academy offers many online training courses on social and professional topics, completely free of charge.

2. Podcasts & tutorials

The latest trend, which is not that new at all, is called “podcast”. Audio podcasts are a wonderful way to use the time cleaning, mucking out or lazing on the couch for personal training. A tip: In our podcast “As you want” about careers and working life, we recently spoke to work philosopher Frank Eilers about what our work will be like after Corona.

Those who take a look at foreign-language formats also polish their language skills and train their listening comprehension.
Those who prefer to watch videos should refer to online tutorials e.g. B. Put on YouTube:

3 YouTube Channels That Will Make You Smarter

Sometimes you don't want to continue your education in a certain direction, but only want to understand certain contexts or collect more general knowledge in general. Instead of always watching cat videos, beauty tutorials or training input on YouTube, there is a wealth of knowledge here - completely free and at any time:

  • In short - In a Nutshell
    Beautifully designed and versatile: Regardless of whether it is coronavirus, physics or politics: the most diverse topics are taken up in monthly videos and explained with lovingly designed animations.
  • Quarks
    How sensible are school grades, mouth-nose masks really protect or the history of cannabis - the format of the West German Broadcasting Corporation conveys knowledge from all possible scientific fields. Five to 45 minutes long, very high quality videos.
  • TED-Ed
    No best-of training without TED talks! Because we are big fans of the series ourselves and have so far been live at TEDxVienna every year, we can of course not withhold this channel from you. Scientists and exciting personalities from all over the world explain everything you always wanted to know: B. how our immune system works or whether time even exists.

3. Apps

Learning languages ​​made easy or non-fiction for those lazy to read: the content of such apps does not necessarily replace an extensive language course or reading a book, but they are wonderfully suitable for learning vocabulary, training listening skills or getting a quick look at specific topics:

  • Duolingo
    English, Spanish, French: learn vocabulary at your own pace and determine your goals yourself. The basic version is free.
  • Babbel
    The language learning platform Babbel offers 14 different foreign languages ​​and even speech recognition for practicing pronunciation and currently costs around € 6 per month with an annual subscription.
  • Mr. Duncan
    Anyone who appreciates “face-to-face teaching” with a real person should “Speak English with Mister Duncan” on YouTube.
  • Blinkist
    For people who like to be read aloud and want to know about specific topics in no time at all. Blinkist sums up non-fiction books down to their core messages and leaves it up to you whether you prefer to read or hear. The test subscription is free, the annual subscription costs around € 7 per month.

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