Future Proof Careers during and after the coronavirus pandemic

By URVI SHUKLA, Career Coach, Educator & Author.

With the sudden outbreak of pandemic covid-19, we have noticed a lot of uncertainty prevailing in everyone’s mind, especially the students. Their world has suddenly become standstill with their anxiety and confusion about their careers is facing a lot of challenges. Thus, we need to understand that the post COVID-19 world will be a whole new era that of the career trends. The past decade saw an upsurge in unconventional career domains, stereotypes being shattered, and increase in the variety of career choices. Now, we are facing a challenge to survive, the time has come to understand the cluster of ‘Future-proof’ careers. These are those careers with have Stability, Security and Safety. It’s the time for students to think in retrospect, and understand the gravity of the situation, and choosing those future proof Careers which are here to stay with us. Some of the “Future proof Careers” post COVID-19 era which will be trending, are:

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: From Siri & Alexa to self driving cars, to conducting a microscopic pinhole surgery by a Robot; Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning is impacting the future of virtually every industry and every human being. It is the main driver of emerging technologies like– Data science, Robotics & IOT, Computer Programming, Software analyst, Algorithm specialist and will continue to act as technological innovator for the foreseeable future. AI will create a plethora of careers.

EDUCATION - The schools and Universities around the world closed their gates for students in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the show must go on, a student’s education should never be compromised, a belief shared by each and every Educator in the world. Online platforms and virtual classrooms have never been so relevant. The Universities and schools around the globe have comfortably adapted to the new normal. With Platforms like Coursera, Udemy, edX, Khan Academy and many others providing online courses for credits to University students has been really convenient, and viable. Top Universities of the world like Stanford, Harvard, MIT, etc have opened their doors to students all over the world for online courses. Similarly, the schools have been using Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams and few other platforms to conduct the regular classes with students. It would be right to acknowledge that the educational institutions have come of age, and traditional teaching standards will become a thing of the past. This transition is pervasive and will be observed right from pre-school to Universities. Teachers, administrators, and other education providers, will lead this wave of change in a post COVID-19 world. HEALTH AND MEDICAL- Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists, Pharmacologists, and other related professions in the Medicine field will thrive. Not only have they been working day in day out, to help the affected patients, but also a number of them have sacrificed their lives to serve the community. Thus careers of Doctors, Paramedical persons are totally past, present and future-proof. Allied medicine, and associated industries that manufacture medical equipment, and machinery will see a progressive growth as well. A huge influx of capital is expected to be invested on a global level, for the advancement in Medicine. Careers like Immunology, Virology, and Genomics, will see a positive growth as well. CLOUD COMPUTING-CYBER SECURITY- Cloud computing will witness a considerable growth when it comes to scaling a business, post Covid-19 era. Working from home has been successful only because of successful cloud computing technology. With organizations like Google and Microsoft working religiously to further improvise their respective Cloud Computing Network, it can be ascertained that cloud will move beyond the foundational infrastructure and also cover other areas of the organizations like operations, marketing and sales. Along with this careers like Cyber Space, Ethical hacking and Cyber Security will also be very rewarding.

MASS COMMUNICATION & JOURNALISM- From Marketing to Movies, content is what has prevailed even during these times of uncertainty. With several businesses surviving because of posting relevant content on social media and other platforms, to production houses, releasing their movies on streaming platforms, we can safely assume that the industry will welcome creative and diligent minds in the future. The most intriguing aspect is the diverse nature of content creation. You can start your blog tomorrow if you have the right ideation and agenda, and a touch of creative aspect, as all of us have transitioned to a virtual network, the chances of your blog or work gaining the due appreciation is highly likely. A creative mind can never be at rest, and it certainly can never be contained! If it weren’t for News Anchors/Reporters, Journalists, Mass Media Professionals, Magazines, Newspapers, can you imagine getting any relevant information at all about the COVID-19 updates from around the world. This is the new dawn of Journalism that we are witnessing at present, these diligent professionals have been at the front line, risking their lives for the news coverage, just to keep us all informed. The career opportunities in this domain are expected to rise, as some of the major Broadcasting and Media Houses, are already hiring professionals globally in order to expand their virtual reach.

Novelty and Innovation play a pivotal role in emergence of New Age Careers. Change is inevitable, thus COVID-19 pandemic has encouraged us to acknowledge the sensitive nature of our career decisions, and how unprecedented events may lead to a complete turnaround. It is time for us to be pragmatic in our career choices, and our decisions should be in sync with the career trends to follow in a post COVID-19 world.


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