Career change in Covid times - A few tips on how to start


How has your career developed in the past 2 years? The spread of the coronavirus epidemic has certainly turned many people's world upside down and made them rethink their lives. Some have been forced to change jobs, but many now feel the time is right to set out on the path to their dreams of their own free will. Want some tips on how to do it right? If you join me today, I'll help you with that!


Máté M., 32, originally a linguistics graduate from Budapest, left his secure job at a multinational advertising company at the start of the epidemic to pursue his artistic dreams. Previously working in a huge office in the capital, he suddenly found himself painting in his own bedroom.

"Over the past 18 months, we have all come to realise that the time allotted to us on Earth is finite. And if that is the case, why not spend it doing the things we love and are passionate about?"

After months of being stuck in his room, he moved to his own studio in the beginning of this year to work in better conditions. He posted his work on the biggest social networks and orders gradually came in. Before Covid, this was something he had never dreamed of.


But Máté is not the only one around the world who owes his new career to the coronavirus epidemic. According to a UK survey of 4,000 workers conducted by Aviva in April 2021, 3 out of 5 people surveyed in the UK would like to change jobs, learn one or more new skills or move into a new position in their current job. The survey also found that 1 in 10 would like to start a completely new career.

Also this year, the Harris Poll surveyed 903 people and found that one in two workers in the US would now change careers. There are usually two main reasons for this decision. One is that they feel their employers do not understand them and do not show empathy towards them. They do not feel comfortable, so they decide to change careers. The other main reason is that workers want much more flexibility. They want to choose where and how they work, to manage their time, and if they don't get that, they move on.

In Hungary, The Bright Academy 2021 survey clearly shows that in the wake of the epidemic, flexible telework has become a priority in Hungary, with many people seeing their future in marketing and PR, IT and programming, web development, and business management and development. The greatest interest is clearly in digitally-enabled jobs.


Before you make the big decision to start building a new career, here are some things to think about:

  • Are you sure that a career change is the best way to overcome the challenges in my life?
  • Is this the best time to start?
  • Will I be able to cope with any difficulties that may arise during the changeover?
  • Are the challenges ahead worth starting a new career?

To find a job that suits you, think carefully about:

  • What soft and hard skills do you have that you can build on?
  • What skills would you like to develop?
  • What have been the biggest successes of your career so far?
  • What kind of tasks do you like to do?
  • Do you have a dream job? If so, what is it?
  • What are your most important values?
  • How important is flexibility to you?
  • Do you prefer to work primarily from an office or from home?
  • Do you want to be an employee, manager or entrepreneur?
  • What's more important: a high salary at all costs, or the ability to fit your work schedule to your family?

After this, make a broad list of possible career options, and once you have 15-20 of them, narrow it down to 2-3! Once this is done, you can start the implementation process of building a brand new career. This process takes time and should be always tailored to you. As an experienced Covid-era workplace, career path and job changer, I'm happy to guide you through the whole process so that together we can find the best outcome for you and make your new life happy and harmonious!

If you think that something has begun deep inside of you, you want to make a change but don't know where to start, or you just need someone to support you through the whole career change process, feel free to contact me, I'm here to help!

Friendly regards,

Károly Vizdák

lifestyle change & career coach

motivational advisor

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