Tips to consider in positioning yourself for opportunities during and post Covid-19 era


May 1, 2020 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Breaking News


A notable and respected accounting professional in Nigeria, Mr. Taiwo Oyedele (FCA, FCTI, FCCA, CISA), President of Impact Africa Foundation and Partner at PwC Nigeria, shared some tips on how young individuals can position themselves during and after Covid-19 lockdown.

The tips are:

1. Staying Safe: You have to obey and comply with all the rules and guidance from government, relevant government agencies like NCDC and the Ministries of Health, as well as your employers for those with jobs. Remember to stay at home, wash your hands and observe social distancing, maintain high level of hygiene.

2. Staying Sane: Maintain your physical well-being by finding time to exercise, walk out. You have to stay sane mentally. Think positively. Avoid the negativity going around. Ignore the many conspiracy theories being passed around. This is not the time to be passing conspiracy theories about 5G or that the world is coming to an end. Once you delve into negativity zone, it will be difficult to recover and it may have consequences on yourself and your career; you have to stay positive.

3. Staying Informed: Your sources of information must be credible. For health and safety issues, rely on credible sources like WHO, NCDC, Federal Ministry of Health as well as credible media. Avoid fake news. This also means focusing on self-development. If you have not read a new book yet during this lockdown, you may have missed a good opportunity but it is never too late, you can still pick a good book and read now. Learn a new skill and think of new ideas. Be mindful that almost every job interview or other opportunities you encounter post-COVID-19, you are likely to be asked questions on COVID-19. If you are not informed you are going to be telling them conspiracy theories and you will lose the opportunities. This is the time to think about how COVID-19 affects your work, your job, your industry; how it affects digital skills. You need to upskill your digital acumen as digital will play a more important role going forward in order to have the ability to navigate the digital terrain; you need to stay informed.

4. Staying Productive: How are you you spending the lockdown period? It is recommended that you spend at least 8 hours in a day doing productive work, 8 hours to relax (including sleeping) and 8 hours for creativity, thinking and ensuring that you are getting better than you were the previous day. Think of opportunities and be prepared to think of ways of taking the opportunities when they come from and begin to position yourself to take advantage of the opportunities when they do arise.

5. Staying Connected: Who are you connected with? What do you use social media for? If you go to your social media pages, who are the people who are following? Are they people you wish to be like? How are you spending your time online? Are you doing any online course? You have to say connected, but be connected to the right people, people of like-minds, in terms of career and not people making up conspiracy theories.

In the end, this too shall pass. In a time of crisis, recognize the risk but pay attention to the opportunities during and post covid-19 era.

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