Lost your UX job during COVID-19? Mindset is a huge part of seeing the opportunities that present themselves during times like this. All depends on where you set your focus..
At the time of this writing, the economy across the world is in shambles. We are experiencing one of the worst recessions ever experienced since the Great Depression that started in 1929 and extended three and a half years. Currently, COVID-19 pandemic has left 147 million people unemployed globally. Even tech giants like LinkedIn are feeling the effects of the recession, as they laid off almost 1000 employees.
I myself was laid off just a week ago, and like a lot workers across the world, I found myself back on the job hunt a lot sooner than I was anticipating. As crazy as it sounds, I believe this is actually an incredible opportunity for all of us, in so many ways. Tech jobs are still abundant, and some companies are doing exceedingly well during the pandemic. Netflix, Amazon, Nintendo, Twitch. The list is huge! Warren Buffet, one of the wealthiest men alive, once said “be greedy when others are fearful, and fearful when others are greedy”. I believe this applies to other aspects of our lives as well, including the job market due to COVID-19. Mindset is a huge part of seeing the opportunities that present themselves during times like this. If you are unemployed, especially as a result of COVID-19, I believe you may be in a much better position than you give yourself credit for.
Warren Buffet, one of the wealthiest men alive, once said “be greedy when others are fearful, and fearful when others are greedy”
Let’s analyze some opportunities that this situation brings with itself: