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What available jobs and new skills are needed under a COVID Economy?

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Times are tough, and it may get even tougher. In the last 5 weeks the US economy has seen a staggering 26 million file for unemployment. To put that in perspective, in the last decade 22 million jobs have been created in the US alone. Progress wiped out within weeks.

When restrictions eventually open up, normality will not be the same. Society will most likely still be wearing masks, social distancing will still be practiced while we work our hardest to test everyone so we can track and contain the virus.

But what would this new economy look like? What skills should we be preparing for when opportunities arise? What skills do you have right now, that can be used with this new climate? Let’s dive into the sectors that we may expect growth.

Now we are no experts, but from our homework we came up with this.

 

Essential Jobs:

Jobs for essential workers range from medical to supply chain. While some of us might have taken these jobs for granted, they are now in need. For the economy to run, it’s up to these people to make it happen. Being unemployed is tough, but you do have this opportunity. It’s the new way of “joining the army” when at war. Take this in pride. Having this option allows you to know, if things get tough, you are there to help.

Now this could be a dangerous job depending on the work’s circumstances. Then again, the people who would be doing this work are our heroes. If you have no experience with medicine, you may be more suited for supply chain work. These types of jobs range from business experience to on the job learning with physical packaging. Amazon is overwhelmed with the amount of usage that is occurring under this crisis. And are seeking to hire more workers.

Government COVID response jobs:

Americorps and Peace Corps to name a few, is now being considered to be used as a response. More recently a call for experts from the Peace Corps. The US Government has for years funded organizations for community development whether in different countries or in the US. If you have experience in this field, you may be qualified. Expect other countries to do similar type approaches for calling on response workers.

 

Design & Product Development

We might have seen a slow down with tech companies hiring, but don’t expect that to last. Everywhere around the world people are home, and are using electronic devices more than ever. With more usage means additional spending on tech products/services. People aren’t spending on flights right now. They are not going to a restaurant once a day. Expect Tech companies to make necessary adjustments and begin hiring again.

This is a time to begin learning design or UX/UI skills. You can in fact take free courses online via Youtube, and learn how to use designing software programs. For free, we recommend trying out Figma as many tech companies and designers use it globally. Once you feel comfortable with the work you have learned, showcase it via a website or personal collection, so you can show it to hirees. Tech companies need people with these skills.

 

Coding

It’s never too late to begin learning the basics of coding, especially if you already have some product management experience. If you are a UX/UI designer, showing that you also have some coding skills is attractive. It shows that you can better understand programmers when you work with them. Often, training programs to become a junior developer involves extensive 3 months of coding education, if you have the time and stamina, you could pull it off. You will need self-motivation to do it on your own, but there are paid courses online that credits you with a “diploma” to use for when looking for work. But then again, Google search will find you what’s available. Tech companies need coders, expect more jobs from this.

 

Sales & Marketing

A marketing job from Apple B’s restaurant probably is not going to be available. But with the public spending more on their computer, deliveries of products are being shipped directly to their homes. Companies who sell online, may expect an uptick of orders. As people are spending less time going to physical stores ordering online has expanded. Thus, to reach these people there will be an increase of the people who do just that. This means sales and marketing skills will be needed. If you are new to marketing and sales. Again there are videos to watch on Youtube. Life is sales, try to show in your resume work you did that used that skill. And if you have some marketing experience even better.


Now for our questions: 

Did we miss anything? Any skills you plan on developing during this time at home?

We look forward to reading your comments!





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For poor countries, it would be more dangerous.. There will chances to collapse the economy.as the lockdown continues.

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NARUTO RAPHEAL guru

I am a Mechanical Engineer with expertise in power and Mecha-tronics. An Entrepreneur

At this point in the world, the job requirement will vary a lot due to the different economic situation in those places and the way the coronavirus is hitting them.

 

For me, I have been involved in crypto-related projects, and also I a lot of web and graphics designing. also, 1 or two online networks, waiting for the COVID19 to end and to start working again. 

 

Do the best you can, consistency is what is needed now because very soon jobs will be needed among a variety of networks, so be true to your path.

 

Work hard and stay safe.

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Tebogo Lucas new user

I am in IT support and have been supporting Apple products from 2009 having worked for Core which is the sole distributor of Apple products in my country. I then progressed to supporting business to business at a broader scale within the TV and Film industry, post production and workflow.

I have came to realize that the world loves video and demand is growing with most of us staying at home during the pendemic lockdown time.

i am currently learning DevOps with a plan to certify in Redhat and most of the orchestration technologies, there is no time like today to improve.

There are a lot of free online courses to get a feel of the courses that might interest you, personally I use Alison and coursea. Most of the cloud providers also offer free fundamental courses to get you started. AWS and Google as an example.

Let us use this time to became great and look out for opportunities which we can take advantage of during this time.

It's better to be prepared and not have an opportunity then to have an opportunity and not be prepared.

#stayathome 

3 months ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

Great tips @Tebogo

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Ruslan Teteryn new user

Thank you very much for the information you have provided, this is very important information for now
 

3 months ago

Tebogo Lucas new user

I’m glad you found it useful 🤙🏿

2 months ago

Coding is and will be the shining star of our new lives. 

Everything even social lives are turning directly to technology, people with development skills and entrepreneural minds will shine. Sales and marketing is and will always be there for us as well, but the workers should be more open minded about the upcoming technologies

3 months ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

How sad I can't code. I just find it annoying a bit. But it's lovely too.

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Good and brief article about the worst pandemic in my life.This pandemic has changed the modern world forever.

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Adi Danalachi new user

You missed ...decision makers . it seems tthere is a shortage of good polical leadership worldwide. Nobody thinks about the rotten head. Decision makers are the root of job shortages and the need for everyday Joe to re-qualify .With a couple of leaders that know a thing or two a pandamic cirsis, or any other crisis wouldn't be an apocalyptic one. Wishful thinking right ?  There will always be a demand for compuer sciences from so trying to achieve new software skills  can't be a bad idea. What the new economy would like ? Welll pretty much like the old one . Covid will pass ina year or so and we're back to faulty basics.  As the stay at home period comes to an end I am planning on getting some driving skills, to learn how to drive a 3.5 ton van so in case of a new quarantine should come I would be an essential worker.That , or I might try to be a dog. Haven't decided yet 

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Picxy Joe expert

There will need for jobs for Internet Security Administrators/Developers as there will increase users online, thus more applications that will protect user's data will be needed. There will demand for smart devices to aid someone do a health check and administer self-medication, thus more demand for electronics developers. Also, more need for Writers to develop DIY materials to enable users fix things in their houses.

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3 months ago

Every skill someone is intending to acuire should be looked with the availability of bussiness and jobs after COVID19

3 months ago

Ecommerce is also essential since we can't transact business face-to-face. Everything has been moved online so its an area should be explored.

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3 months ago

De Gem guru

Cryptocurrency enthusiast, avid reader, rapper and SDG advocate.

Any skills I plan on developing? The topmost on my list is social media influencing. Most of you are familiar with the term but I'll briefly explain. Here you build your social media accounts into one with a high number of followers (5k and above) and also make sure your audience/followers engage with you because of a specific niche (fashion, blogging, music, news, education, etc.). Companies or agencies can then contact you to promote a specific product for them. With a lot of people staying at home now, the number of social media influencers have spiralled and more products are being sold online than before. This trend is definitely going to continue.

Secondly, education jobs. Students are at home so it makes sense that they learn online. Learning a new language or teaching one you already know is up for grabs. In my country, sites like that are rare but there are many in the western countries you can look up to teach per hour/day. It's still surprising the number of people that want to learn English.

You could test products for companies like Usertesting, join writing platforms such as iWriter, or participate in surveys for a buck here and there. For some reason, all survey taking sites I've been on give you access to very little or no surveys when your country is Africa. So this will favour more western countries as usual.

These are the others I know of that haven't been mentioned. If you're a freelancer who works remotely too this period could favour you a lot. Cryptotask could land you a job you never thought of. Same for other freelance sites such as Ethlance, Freecryptojobs, Earn.com, etc. I haven't had success with them though. You can give it a shot.

3 months ago

I would recommend learining a secound language and like codding :D

For every skill you could ever want to learn, there's a free online course that teaches it, just waiting for your attention.
People underestimate just how many free learning resources are out there. It's crazy. Imagine a Library of Alexandria the size of Manhattan. That still wouldn't hold everything.

You don't need money. If you have a phone or a computer with internet access – and a warm place to sit – you're set.

You just need time. And with the Coronavirus floating around out there, you've probably got more time than ever.

Do you have free time right now? Do you have blank spots on your calendar for the next few weeks?

Great. Then you can do this, too.

I'm going to tell you how.

And remember – unlike a lot of the people out there, I'm not trying to sell you something. freeCodeCamp is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Everything's free.

You can use freeCodeCamp if you want. Or you can use some of these other resources I recommend https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/ as well.

I want you to be able to go out there a few months from now and kick some post-Coronavirus ass on the job market.

So use whichever learning tools you see fit to accomplish that mighty goal. I'll be here rooting for you either way.

The main skills I recommend everyone learn in 2020 are:

HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
Computer Science concepts, algorithms, data structures, and databases
Python and basic data science libraries like NumPy
Command line tools like Linux, Git, and Bash
And some other skills that would be helpful:

Small business basics – how to find freelance customers, how to do basic sales, accounting, legal
And job application basics – how to pass technical interviews, how to negotiate a high salary
How to earn professional certifications that can make it easier to get a developer job

 

Good luck!

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aditya lal new user

ai and deep learning can be used in post covid world 

1)for  social distancing

2) check  xrays/ body scans  for coronavirus detections

3) predicting treatment outcomes

4) programming drones for drone delivery of essentials in areas with high covid populations.

 

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Arina Levadnaya new user

I think that a lot of jobs should be more digital.

Jobs that are needed right now:

- Medicine, doctors

- Farmers

- Logistics

- Social staff

- House and infrastructure staff include roads, networks,offices, transport.

Skills that should be in respect:

- Flexibility

- Well learning skills

- Problem solving

- Stress resolving

- Discipline

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Karen M guru

From what I've seen and heard during this pandemic- online orders cannot keep up with demand. We need a better, faster,more efficient computer system to handle this PLUS the people to process and fill orders. For example: online grocery orders pre-pandemic could be ordered and picked up/delivered within 24hrs. Now it takes a week to get an open spot. Delivery of many online purchases now takes over a week in many cases as 'delivery delayed' messages pop up due to a high volume of orders, not enough drivers. Drone delivery will help in some situations. I personally am trying to he a better gardener during this extra time at home.

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