COVID-19 Is Changing the Future of Work: Don't Get Left Behind!
THE CLOSEST PARALLEL in modern history to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic is probably the Spanish flu from almost exactly a century earlier. That deadly pandemic, which lasted from January 1918 to December 1920, infected 500 million people—about a quarter of the entire world's population at the time. Estimates of the death toll range as high as 100 million, making it one of the deadliest epidemics in human history.
When that terrible episode was over, however, life largely returned to the way it had been before the epidemic. This included the aspect of jobs and employment. What is so different about the current pandemic is the fact that it's occurring in the digital age. Part of what this means is that we will not return to the way things used to be. The pandemic will have the effect of accelerating existing trends, as well as initiating new ones.
Example: After the Spanish flu ended in late 1920, classrooms returned to the way they had been before the Spanish flu. But when the COVID-19 pandemic is over, classrooms will almost certainly NOT be the same as they were previously. The trend toward more online learning, with less in-class instruction, will accelerate. More programs will be online. Fewer students will live in dorms on campus. The world will become even more "virtual" than it was before COVID-19.
That has numerous implications for jobs and employment. Regardless of the work you do—even if you are among the fortunate few not to suffer financially during the pandemic—in one way or another, your situation will be affected. Healthcare will become even more important than it was previously, for instance. If you teach in that area, there will be a demand for your services. But you will probably have to become better versed in online teaching methodologies. You may need some retraining for that. You may need to apply for a new position somewhere, if your existing position is phased out.
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