Crisis situation: an opportunity for professional rethinking

In exceptional circumstances, such as the Covid-19 outbreak, many professionals have to work remotely. Homeworking, by taking you away from your office and from your colleagues, can shake your motivation and push you to question your professional future or even your career. Having more time at your disposal thanks to the removal of commuting, this situation is indeed an opportunity to take a step back and even for some people to start looking for a new job. If this is the case for you, it is essential to ask yourself the right questions before taking action.
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Do I want to stay in this company?

Situations like the Coronavirus crisis can be revealing about your company. Your manager refuses to let you work from home and would rather take the risk of endangering your health than lose business? Your employer has no resources in place to allow you to telework? Communication between teams is at a standstill? Maybe these are signs that you and your company are not on the same wavelength and that it's time for a change. On the contrary, under these circumstances you may realize that your company's management and all your colleagues are organized, united, involved and committed. This makes you proud to be part of this structure. The management of this exceptional situation will therefore help you to understand whether you are in tune with your company.

However, be careful not to assess your motivation only in this exceptional situation and be sure to take a broader view. For example, ask yourself whether, under normal circumstances, you appreciate the work atmosphere and the links you have with your colleagues. Are you satisfied with your relationship with your manager? Do your tasks and working methods meet your expectations? Moreover, to feel good about your job, you need to adhere to the company culture. Do its values match your personal convictions? If not, you may not feel fully satisfied in your job.

Now that you know more about your willingness or unwillingness to continue working for your company, you may also be questioning your future in your current profession.

Is this job for me?

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Beyond questioning your desire to stay in your current company, you may even be led to wonder whether you really love your job. Sometimes, some professionals find themselves in a job by chance without ever wondering how they got there. Some will see this time of crisis as an opportunity to look back.

Look at your situation today. Is this where you had imagined yourself ten years ago? Sometimes we make plans for the future, but in life it doesn't always go according to plan. If your situation is different than you thought it would be, do you have any regrets? Or on the contrary, in retrospect, are you satisfied with your real life?

After looking back to the past, look to the future. Where do you see yourself in ten years ideally? Ask yourself what you want for the years to come. Once you know more about what you would like to do in the future, you need to ask yourself how your desires fit in with your current career. Does your position offer you opportunities for development? Is your dream career compatible with your personal plans?

If after answering these questions, you are not sure whether you want to pursue your current career, there are different ways to find your way.

What is my ideal career way?

To enlighten you on your career, we will present you a method called IKIGAI. This Japanese concept which means "reason to live" can help you define what you want for your professional future. The IKIGAI takes the form of a diagram composed of 4 parts in the form of circles:
  • • What you love
  • • What you are good at
  • • What you can be paid for
  • • What the world needs

ikigai find your professional way

At the crossroads of these four circles, you will find your passion, profession, vocation and mission. The goal is to avoid finding yourself in the four situations in red: 
  • • Your activity satisfies you and you like it but you do not receive a salary
  • • You are enthusiastic about your activity but uncertain about the future
  • • You have a comfortable situation but feel empty
  • • You love what you do but you feel useless

On the contrary, the IKIGAI is the situation in the centre of all circles, the one that allows all the elements to be combined at the same time. Completing your IKIGAI will probably help you find the answers to your professional questioning.

I made my decision, I want to change my job

This introspection has helped you to have a clearer view and now you want to change jobs? Take advantage of this period of professional calm to start your job search or retraining.

The first step is to monitor the market in your relevant industry. If you haven't been looking for a job for a long time, methods and tools have evolved. There are several job boards such as, and If you don't have a LinkedIn profile yet, now is the time to create one. It's an indispensable tool to boost your job search and expand your network. Find all our tips for job search on LinkedIn on our infographic. Look at the names of companies currently recruiting in your sector and subscribe to their pages. Don't hesitate to keep up to date with the latest news in your industry and read the specialised press.

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When you want to find a new job, it is also necessary to update your CV. Add your latest professional experiences by detailing the content of your assignments. Don't forget to mention the new skills you have acquired in recent years, whether they are languages, IT or soft skills. You can find valuable tips for redoing your CV on our infographic infographie The do’s and don’t’s for an efficient resume.

If you wish to change your job and are considering a professional reconversion, take advantage of the free time you have exceptionally to train. In recent years, many MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) platforms have been developed, many of which are free. They allow you to train on a wide variety of subjects (business, IT, project management, design etc...) remotely, from home and at your own pace. If you think that more in-depth training is necessary as part of your professional retraining, consult the directories and sites of training organisations. This is a good time to start your registration files for the next academic year.

As a nutshell, this special period is a time for professional reconsideration, the search for a new job and/or the development of new skills. We don't know when the recovery will come, but you can prepare for it now. So get organized and get ready to launch your new career!

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