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Pandemic Proof Careers: Expert Tips on Resilient Sectors

If you’re considering switching to a more pandemic-proof career – or being forced to look elsewhere due to the coronavirus impact on employment – you’re not alone. 

A survey by job website Totaljobs claims that seven in ten people are more likely to weigh up working in a different industry in light of Covid-19.

It also found that 56 per cent of those who have already changed careers say the move was welcome.

1. Teaching and tutoring

Rethink: Within compulsory education there is a growing demand for Teaching Assistants and Supervisors to support schools with smaller and therefore more classes as well as Teacher absence. In addition to this, demand for tutoring is outstripping supply, as millions of families struggle to provide homeschooling lessons for their kids. 

For those who are considering short-term opportunities (or perhaps longer-term career switches), teaching online classes, private tutoring (online), or teaching English as a foreign language through a service such as Preply and MR2 Education all offer great stability.

Reskill: In the UK there are no formal qualifications required to be a private tutor. However you will need vast knowledge in your subject area as well as strong digital skills to enable you to effectively offer services remotely. There are fully-funded short training courses available in Digital Skills. 

If you are looking for a long-term career change, a work-based qualification as a Teaching Assistant could be an ideal solution.

2. Medical and social care

Rethink: Nurses and social care providers have been in high demand to help the sick and vulnerable during the pandemic, so these professions are highly sought after. 

Usually Nursing roles demand years of training and study, so if you’re not qualified you could look into work in a support staff role.

However, for some care roles you may already have a few skills you could use and becoming qualified can take only a matter of weeks.

Care providers, currently looking to mass-hire more staff, can find relevant skills like patience and problem solving in candidates who may not have worked in care – but have picked up transferable skills from another industry.

Reskill: To quickly secure a role as a Care Professional you can invest a short amount of time in earning a recognised Health & Social Care qualification in order to develop a basic knowledge of the industry. There are fully-funded short training courses available in Care. 

3. Retail and ecommerce

Rethink: While people continue to spend less on non-essentials, grocery sales have surged to its highest level in more than a decade, with industry growth at more than 20 per cent. Retail and Customer Service jobs at major Supermarkets are set to be secure for the medium term at least.

Many retailers have been forced to move online and drastically increase the number of customer service advisors and ecommerce team members, with no view of this recruitment slowing down. Retailers of home gym equipment and food delivery services are particularly popular.

Reskill: In an ever-competitive sector, employers are keen to recruit those with relevant qualifications, regardless of prior experience. There are fully-funded short training courses available in Customer Service. 

If you are looking for a long-term career change, a work-based qualification as a Digital Marketing Assistant or Customer Service Professional could be an ideal solution.

4. Delivery and distribution 

Rethink: With people living under lockdown restrictions in their homes the need for delivery specialists has increased dramatically and new jobs are being created.

With restrictions only being eased gradually and more retail shifting online, it’s certain that demand in this sector will likely only increase.

Reskill: Warehousing and Manufacturing industries rely on employees with solid understanding of health & safety, manual handling and Covid awareness as well as occasionally specialists such as a fort-lift drivers. There are fully-funded short training courses available for the Manufacturing and Warehousing industries. 

 

One of the biggest issues when discussing ‘pandemic proof’ careers is that we don’t yet know which sectors will prove to be most resilient in the long-run. Our advice is to be flexible and ready to adapt. 

If you think your current role might be at risk now or in the near future, learning new skills and completing training will make you better able to manage the changes we will all face over the coming months and years.