Planning Your Career in the New Year

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people’s careers have been thrown off course. The overall unemployment rate as of November 2020 was 6.7%, a drop from the massive 14.7% rate that hit the nation in April. But still, too many people are out of work. If you’ve been laid off or don’t like the way your job has changed due to COVID-19 (i.e., remote working), you may find yourself looking for something new. 

What should you keep in mind when looking for a new job? In this climate, there are a variety of things that might attract potential job seekers, including job security, benefits, work-life balance, fulfillment or finding something you’re passionate about. Whichever one (or combination) speaks to you, here are some tips to help you in your search.  

Job Security

If you’ve been laid off due to the COVID pandemic or for other reasons, job security might be the number one criteria for your next job. If that’s the case, take a look at these 19 careers with the most job security. This list was compiled in April 2020, after corona was in full swing, which means that the information is current. The careers run a wide gamut, from home health aide with a median salary of about $24,000 to a software developer with a median salary of $100,000. You’ll notice that many jobs on the list are related to the medical field, but not all. In other words, there’s a large enough choice that you don’t need to be pigeonholed into one area. 

Employee Benefits

Many employees feel that their benefits package is more important than their actual salary. This is because benefits like health and dental not only cover vital medical services, but other benefits go toward creating a company culture that’s built on employee respect. If this rings a bell, check out these part-time jobs with benefits and these full-time jobs. And here are some more. Fortunately, even if these companies aren’t located near you, remote working is becoming more and more doable.

Work-Life Balance

Since the advent of the coronavirus, many people have been recalibrating their priorities. While earning a paycheck is still important, they don’t want it to come at the expense of spending quality time with their family and friends. If this sounds like you, take a look at this slideshow from the U.S. News & World Report. 

Here you can see some of the best jobs for attaining the right work-life balance. Some highlights of this list include a web developer with a median salary of about $73,000, a dental hygienist who earns slightly more, a nail technician with a median salary of about $25,000 and an interpreter/translator with an average salary of $52,000. In this list you’ll notice that most of the jobs are below the $50,000 salary mark, so that’s something to keep in mind. 

Fulfillment & Passion

Whether because of COVID-19 or regardless of it, there are those people who seek jobs in which they can find fulfillment or that they’re passionate about. Otherwise, getting out of bed in the morning is just too difficult. Unfortunately, Google doesn’t have a list of jobs that you will find fulfilling or that you’re passionate about. Only you can make that call. 

However, there are some things you can consider. According to Forbes, there are several ways you can go about achieving the right job for you. These include finding your purpose, challenging yourself and getting a mentor, among others. In some ways, it’s both harder and easier to find a job these sorts of jobs, and it may indeed be a learning experience of trial and error. But once you do find that job that fulfills you or that you’re passionate about, your entire life can change.

New Year, New Job

No matter your stage in life, it’s not easy re-launching your career. But if you keep your greater goal in mind, it’s worth it. The New Year is an auspicious time to begin new things, so there’s no better time than now to start your search. 

Another auspicious way to start off the New Year is by buying life insurance. Life insurance is one of the best ways to ensure that your loved ones will be protected in case the worst should happen to you. While many employers offer group life insurance, this should be considered a supplemental policy since the coverage is fairly low. 

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