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During the past year, due to the pandemic situation, many of us faced a lot of career challanges and were forced to rethink the way we work. 

Replacing the workspace with a comfortable home environment, rethinking the schedule, and the family’s time, were things we had to accept.

Some of us lost our jobs and still struggling to find one. Others are trying to learn new skills and have their own business, as an option.

In the present situation, when hopefully the pandemic is almost over, we look back and appreciate some of the changes we did .

We learned to appreciate the freedom of choosing our working hours, not being forced to travel long distances to reach work, and having more time to spend with the ones we love.

As a result, going back to office hours is an option for some while others consider continuing working from home.

Despite the fact that we are living in uncertain times, there are also opportunities along the way that will help us shape our future careers.

Here are 3 main aspects of work impacted by the pandemic and how they affect us.

1. The way we work

Last year gave us an unexpected opportunity: to test the way we work. To challenge the traditional way of work (going to the office every day) and our time management skills.

All of the sudden, there was nobody calling and telling us what to do, we had to decide ourselves what is the best thing to do and when.

For some, it was a painful but beneficial exercise. Others are looking forward to going back to the office hours, as they enjoy a structured working environment.

How would all this affect us?

In many professions, we will have more freedom to choose our working space and hours and to ask the employer for the possibility to work remotely. 

Interesting reading about this trend is the forthcoming book The Long Game, by professor Dorie Clark

Here she explains that lasting success takes persistence and effort. And yet so much of the relentless pressure in our culture pushes us toward doing what’s easy, what’s guaranteed, or what looks glamorous in the moment.

In The Long Game, she argues for a different path. It’s about doing small things over time to achieve our goals—and being willing to keep at them, even when they seem pointless, boring, or hard.

Professor Clark shares unique principles and frameworks you can apply to your specific situation, as well as vivid stories from her own career and other professionals’ experiences.

According to her, everyone is allotted the same 24 hours—but with the right strategies, you can leverage those hours in more efficient and powerful ways than you ever imagined.

It’s never an overnight process, but the long-term payoff is immense: to finally break out of the frenetic day-to-day routine and transform your life and your career

2. Companies we work for

This pandemic was also an opportunity to test the companies we worked for and their leaders.

The way the company reacted towards the employees during pandemic , will impact the employee decisions for future possible places to work. This can accelerate job turnover in the future, once the pandemic is over.

Given companies’ increased openness to virtual arrangements, employees’ options will also increase, because they’re not limited by physical proximity.

More than ever, you’ll now have the opportunity to identify companies that share your values and potentially join forces with them, regardless of geography.

3. Our professional networks

The events of last year also gave us the opportunity to evaluate our work relationships. We can see now which colleagues were supportive, willing to help us and which ones were only preoccupied with themselves.

This way, our relationships will change . We will also  determine whom we will bring closer in our lifes.

There is a very real possibility that thanks to the greater flexibility and opportunities enabled by the crisis, far more professionals may have the opportunity to follow careers they truly enjoy.

What are some of the challenges you faced this last year? Was your work affected?

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