The pandemic has altered the workplace. According to the Prudential Financial’s Pulse of the American Worker survey, one in four workers is considering quitting their job once the pandemic subsides. Of those, 72% say the pandemic caused them to rethink their skill sets. Now is a great time to reevaluate your career goals and aspirations. Here are two questions you need to ask yourself to conduct an effective post-pandemic career check-in and better plan for your future.
Question 1: What are some of the reasons you chose this career path in the first place, and how has that changed with recent events?
First, it’s important to ask yourself what the reasons are for taking your career route. And have any of those reasons changed with the onset of the pandemic? For example, if the path you’re on was chosen based on previous industry trends, are they still relevant today? And, better yet, how can you adapt?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Accounting and Audit field is looking at an 11% job growth through 2026. In the current market, job openings outnumber job seekers in accounting and finance. This is great news for professionals seeking to make a career change. Once you are clear on the career path you want, think about how you can use current industry trends to plan for your future.
Question 2: Have any of your skills or interests shifted since the onset of the pandemic — what do you want to explore now?
What are you skilled in and what do you enjoy? Now is the time to take a deep dive and find clarity in what your career interests are. Pinpoint the intersection of industry needs and personal interests — this will help you identify what might be worth pursuing.
To put yourself ahead of the game, ask yourself: What incremental skills can I start to learn now to better prepare me for the next two to five years? For example, consider investing in yourself by getting your CPA or MBA. As the complexities of the world of business continue to grow, the demand for accounting and finance professionals with advanced credentials and experience is accelerating.
Read more about how to stay ahead of the curve by reading our 2021 Q2 Accounting and Finance Employment Report.