Careers Services are becoming increasingly popular. Many people have been forced to look at their employment prospects in a new light as a result of Covid 19. The transition to remote work has enhanced the need for digital skill and better communication. Additionally the closure of much of the hospitality sector limited people’s work options through the various lockdowns we underwent. This has led to a massive upsurge in online learning and career development. People are really beginning to look at the world differently as a result. The exciting thing about this is that we live in an age of infinite information. However, it is also important to acknowledge that not everyone is able to avail of this opportunity as much as others. The rate of change has been a very significant one and the digital skills that people possession if appears have not kept pace.
However, there have also been a host of knock on effects from the pandemic. Many people are taking more chances than before and still others are finding themselves position in a much more favorable job market.
For those of you who remember the dark days of 2009 on beyond there was a very definite shift in the ‘power dynamic’ between employers and employees. Those still lucky enough to have jobs were being asked to work longer hours for less money and often under the considerable stress of impending redundancy. Employers to be fair to them were often applying this stress in the name of saving not only their employees jobs, but the very business they worked for. However, it didn’t take long (relatively speaking; many people have yet to recover from that time) for the wheel to turn. As business began to slowly pick up in the subsequent years, more opportunities became available to employees. H-Training can clearly remember that shift and how the power ran back to staff, who in many cases were only too happy to leave their recession time employers high and dry and they moved onto better things.
Currently, in Western Europe, help wanted signs litter the widows on many, if not most restaurants as they valiantly attempt to climb back onto their knees. Staff who used to depend on these jobs are either gone home or have upskilled or are students living at home while studying remotely. The logistics crunch is a well documented crisis that we are surely due to see the real impacts of as the madness of Christmas begins to open its hungry jaws again. Inflation, new industries and the War in Tech for talent are all contributing to the maddening screams on business everywhere:
“WE NEED STAFF!!!!”
And it is with great satisfaction that we tell each of our clients that they mean YOU! It is rare that we tell career coaching clients to take their time. But such is the market at present we are telling people to hold off on making decisions, given the broad array of options they have available to them. We are saying this because we want to assure that they get the most satisfying roles possible.
While this is great news for now, however, we want to be careful in not resting on our laurels. There are plenty of potential threats out there that could scupper all of these best laid plans. Many economies have been buoyed by government investment, like the Pandemic Unemployment Payment, however these facilities will have to be rolled back at some point. Furthermore, the money borrowed to pay for these will also have to be repaid.
H-Trainings’ clients feel very positive about the economy at present. However, there is also a trend of cautious optimism that comes with this. The hard days of 2009 live in the minds of many people as a sort of yardstick against which they measure their baseline. The general consensus seems to be be…I do not want to go back there! And it has a utility in terms of motivating us to be more. But we must remember that we don’t have full control over this, especially in a globalised economy, where pain travels fast. Just look at Covid 19!
In the same way that we experienced a full swing from bad for employees to good for employees in those dark early days of the last decade, that swing could very reasonable happen again this time. But we deeply hope it wont.
But, while we have this information what can we do to ensure you make the most of the current demand for people.
People come to H-Training for a lot of reasons.
Others have a nagging sense that they can be more. This is really where Career Services come in. Some many of our clients have different reasons for reviewing their careers. And all of this work will be driven by what you want. In doing so we need to discuss what your priorities are and it is amazing how much it varies.
If you’re looking for interview coaching or even further career coaching, career guidance, emotional intelligence testing get in touch with Ciarán and the H-Training team today. If you’re located at the other side of the recruiting desk, H-Training also offers comprehensive interview panel training, corporate group interview training and effective sales training programs.