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Coronavirus redundancy & upskilling opportunities

As businesses face new changes in our lives, there is a rise in coronavirus redundancy and upskilling. Like all big changes, they hit hard, leaving many questions and a weary sense of the unexpected. But also, change opens doors to new opportunities. Some of which may have been overseen before, others that begin to grow roots and flourish.

Coronavirus redundancy

No one knows how the Covid19 will develop, but one thing we know for sure, life will not be the same. While we all try to adjust our sails, two things are also on the rise; coronavirus redundancy and upskilling. Businesses have a new reality to face. In this new reality, there are 3 major groups of business; the first type is grasping the old. The second is trying to find new paths to keep operating, taking into consideration that their business may simply not survive another lockdown, or worse. The third type of business is those that are now able to achieve something which they were unable to prior to Covid19.

The risks of success can today be viewed equally among the three, unlike before. Because truth be told, none of us know what will happen in a week, or month or year from now. Therefore, it is hard to predict which way is best. So, businesses are doing what they think will give them the best chance of survival based on today.

You may have noticed how huge businesses have also restructured and had a good long moment to think about the resources their businesses actually need to succeed:

  • Lufhansa cut 22,000 jobs
  • Renault cut 15,000 jobs
  • Airbus cut 15,000 jobs
  • British Airways cut approximately 12,000 jobs
  • British Petroleum cut 10,000 jobs
  • EasyJet cut approximately 4,500 jobs
  • Nissan cut 2,800 jobs
  • Inditax closing 1,200 shops
  • Pret A Manger closing 30 shops
  • Mulberry cut 25% of the workforce
  • Casual Dining Group cut 1,900 jobs
  • Swissport cut 4,556 jobs

While some are cutting costs, others are thinking of innovative ways to invest in their main assets, to not only stay up float but also to restructure the nature of work. Some businesses like Twitter, GitLab, Webpower Adria, Wikimedia Foundation, Toptal, Zapier, and many others, are looking into permanent remote options. Some are even thinking beyond remote and thinking of paying their employees more than before, now that they don’t need to spend money on office space.

Some jobs allow employees to work remotely because they realize that their pool of candidates and talent is no longer dependent on geographical location, but the entire world is the limit. Certain specific businesses, such as digital media, should logically always have been remote. After all, the virtual world is their world, so if they are incapable of remote working maybe it’s not the nature of remote working that’s the issue but their individual skills and knowledge of the virtual environment.

Other businesses, however, especially manufacturing businesses cannot have the luxury of remote working. But even in such industries changes have been witnessed. Many whose production depended on resources from China had to find new routes, others had to cut jobs to be able to remain functional.

The industry for robots was heavily blocked before, however, now is an option that could very much become a reality. Apart from the obvious pros of having robots do the work, people must not be worried that they will face unemployment indefinitely. Things are changing, and we as humans, although we hate change and are terrible at adjusting, must follow nature’s rules and see change as an opportunity for growth. With some industries that may no longer exist and certain jobs that can be done with a select few employees or even robots, a lot of new and exciting opportunities are also developing right now.

Upskilling opportunities

As far as we live in a reality where paper, metal, and even virtual items represent currency which makes us depend on it for survival, jobs will also be available. The only question is what sort of jobs will there be. Throughout history, jobs have changed and new types of jobs came about, whilst the previous popular types of jobs diminished. Today is no different. We are facing an existing time where new job types are being born this very day and what’s even more existing is that each and every one of us has the ability and resources to discover them. Today we have the opportunity to turn a Coronavirus redundancy into an upskilling opportunity. We are given the chance to explore, learn, and even get enough knowledge to get one foot into the new and emerging industries.

LinkedIn

Free access to learning paths and comprehensive resources to help people develop the skills needed for in-demand jobs.

We identified 10 jobs that are in-demand in today’s economy and are well positioned to continue to grow in the future. These 10 jobs were identified as having the greatest number of job openings, have had steady growth over the past four years, pay a livable wage, and require skills that can be learned online.

10 jobs in-demand:

  • Software Developer
  • Sales Representative
  • Project Manager
  • IT administrator (Prepare for CompTIA Network+ Certification)
  • Customer Service Specialist
  • Digital Marketing Specialist
  • IT Support / Help Desk (Prepare for the CompTIA A+ Certification)
  • Data Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Graphic Designer

Microsoft

Microsoft to help 25 million people worldwide acquire new digital skills needed for the COVID-19 economy.

Microsoft Certifications available at a significantly discounted fee of $15 available to those who self-attest that their employment has been impacted by COVID-19.
Participants will have the ability to schedule an exam from September to the end of the year, and exam takers will have until March 31, 2021 to complete the exam. This will provide access to the exams that provide five fundamentals certifications and eight role-based certifications.

These will include:

  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure AI Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Certified: Power Platform Fundamentals
  • Microsoft 365 Certified: Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Developer Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Security Engineer Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Power Platform App Maker Associate
  • Microsoft 365 Certified: Teams Administrator Associate
  • Microsoft 365 Certified: Security Administrator Associate
  • Microsoft 365 Certified: Developer Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Data Analyst Associate

Grow with Google

Resources for businesses & individuals.

“Google is renewing its commitment towards economic recovery, with a new pledge to help 10 million people and businesses in Europe, Middle East and Africa to find jobs, digitise and grow by the end of 2021.”

Other online resources with a good selection of online courses and certifications

Coursera

udemy

DataCamp

edX

There have been talks on the possibility of creating a basic living stipend, which would be a fixed payment governments would pay to every citizen, irrelevant of their employment status or income. Such a fee would allow a basic income to all citizens. This would not only change the aspect of unemployment but would also allow people to focus on jobs they truly are passionate about, rather than placing survival in the first place. Till such a time comes to pass, all we can do is adjust our sails and work on improving our skillsets, to be better prepared for the future to come.

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