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What choice do you have?

By now most people are thoroughly sick of watching the news and even browsing social media where every second story is about covid-19. It’s frustrating because nobody asked for this to happen. And yet it is affecting everyone. Perhaps you’ve spent years working hard, building up your career and were finally ready to take that step up into senior management. And now instead of new career opportunities opening up, almost everyone is being placed on furlough or being let go. Just when the UK construction industry was showing signs of rebounding too. What now? What’s next?

What options do you have? 

Just because the world has seemingly ground to a halt doesn’t mean your career has to as well. Despite how we feel, this is not the first disruption that has happened in our lifetime. Certainly it’s much bigger than anything we have experienced before and it’s had a sudden and very dramatic impact, but it’s not the end of the world. Even in the midst of adversity, opportunity exists. It’s just a matter of finding it.

Your knowledge and experience hasn’t disappeared overnight. You may just need to find new ways of using it to build a new career path. But before we go ahead, let’s take a step back. Before the pandemic disrupted our lives what were the most pressing issues within the industry? Productivity, resources, waste management, lack of technology implementation, key skills shortages, and new emissions laws, to name a few. These industry issues also haven’t disappeared overnight and they’re still going to exist when the crisis is over.  So how about using this time to generate solutions to build a more robust industry moving forward.

The starting point

Consider your area of expertise, the resources you have available as well as the most pressing issues you experienced in your previous work environment. Target one specific thing and set that as a goal. Now consider what technologies might be available to help facilitate a solution. The one saving grace of modern times is that even working remotely, people can stay connected and have access to information. Reach out to industry colleagues on LinkedIn, set up opportunities for collaboration so that you can benefit from different industry perspectives and areas of expertise. Now when there are fewer daily demands, is the ideal time to test ideas, see how implementation could look on a small scale and see what’s really possible.