A Time of Transformation
Rev. Dr. Kitty Boitnott, NBCT, RScP
Heart-Centered Career Transition and Job Search Coach | Stress Management
We learned about the life cycle of the butterfly in grade school. Butterflies go through four life stages, the egg, the larva (caterpillar), the pupa (chrysalis), and the adult butterfly. The change is often referred to as a metamorphosis. And that metamorphosis is an example of real transformation.
Transformation is the process of starting in one form and winding up in a completely different form.
As humans, we go through physical transitions, but we experience transformations on a more fundamental spiritual or psychic level.
That said, it has occurred to me that our current collective experience of COVID-19 is going to contribute to a social transformation of sorts.
I say transformation because we will be fundamentally different as individuals and as a collective society when this is over.
And I don't necessarily think that is a bad thing.
If there is bad news, it is that we are going to need to come up with a way to survive and thrive in the new world order. Jobs that we took for granted in the past may be casualties of the pandemic. They may not ever come back.
The way we work may change forever, too. I suspect that more people will be working remotely from home in the future, whether by choice or not. I just heard some pundits this morning on the news talking about how some industries that have learned they can make do with people working from home will close up offices and save on the cost of rent and utilities.
The question I keep asking myself is, what is the post-pandemic world going to look like? What jobs will survive and thrive and what jobs will simply disappear in the same way that jobs of the past have gone away forever.
And I also wonder if everyone is going to want to go back to their old job, even if it is still available when all this is over.
I wonder how many people may want to take this opportunity to make a change.
I have thought about how life after the pandemic is going to require innovation, creativity, and thoughtfulness.
I think we may finally decide it is time to pay attention to the climate. But we will also need to pay attention to the mental and emotional health of everyone who made it through the pandemic.
I believe there may be fundamental changes coming in how we interact through education and entertainment.
We may need to prepare for a new way of life. We will need more innovators, scientists, and researchers to prepare for the next pandemic.
We will need more counselors, coaches, mental health experts, doctors, nurses, psychologists, and psychiatrists than ever before.
But we will also need more comedians, artists, musicians, designers, and architects.
Where do you see yourself in the post-pandemic world? What do you want to be doing with your life? What do you want your "new normal" to include? And what do you want to discard forever?
Think of yourself as the butterfly, going through a long if not always comfortable transformation. And consider how you may look and feel once the transformation is at hand.
If you think it might be time to reinvent or retool yourself for the post-pandemic world that awaits us, I would like to invite you to attend a new webinar workshop that I have been working on. It is called "Start Designing Your Dream Career in a Post-Pandemic World."
To register for the workshop, click here: https://event.webinarjam.com/register/11/w0364tk.
I will be offering it live on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at 1:00 PM EST.
In this presentation, I will offer the three secrets of every successful job search:
1) What every job seeker needs to know.
2) What tools every job seeker needs to have.
3) How to develop a job search mindset.
I believe you can transform your career in addition to experiencing a transition. It's up to you.
I hope you will decide to join me if you are ready to make a career change after the pandemic is behind us.
Just click here to register: https://event.webinarjam.com/register/11/w0364tk.
Until next time.