COVID-19, an opportunity to grow

Growing self awareness,

social distancing – feelings of longing – looking for a job

Embracing falling to rise

There we go again?! Working from home; How to survive (this time)? You are longing for social contact physically! Meeting others is a requirement to grow, not only for students but for all of us.

The social distancing measurements due to Covid-19 have an impact on employees. Our small-scale market research in the Brainport area (The Netherlands) conducted amongst start-ups, scale-ups and large companies during the first Covid-19 lockdown, confirms this. And it doesn’t seem to shift: we will never get used to it.

Feelings of longing 

Don’t try to push away these feelings of longing due to lack of social and physical contact! Instead, acknowledge them. The pain that goes with lacking something is valuable to you. It will help you to find out more about yourself.

What to do

Take your time to remember what people have been telling you you’re good at. If you don’t know, ask a good friend or a colleague you trust. It will help you to find out more about topics like, What do I need for my well-being when working from home? How can I reduce stress or the risk of getting overworked? You might even become aware of ineffective habits, saving time for things you like to do!

Looking for a job 

When you are looking for a job, know what your strengths are. It will help you focus on a job that is tailor-made for you. With this focus, you will get more easily into the picture of an employer that fits you.

The good thing about all of this

There is one good thing about being in this different situation: We are all invited to redeploy our existing skills, rediscover our abilities and explore our creativeness. We might have forgotten about some of them.

Finding out what makes you unique and knowing about your abilities and capabilities, thanks to the informal talk with your friend or colleague (even if it is online), makes it possible for you to start a new journey. An adventure without the need to travel abroad! The answer to satisfying your desires is within you. Take time for self-reflection as the greatest glory in living lies not in never falling but in rising every time we fall (Nelson Mandela).

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