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Diana Dahlia is the Founder and Creative Director of Diana Dahlia PR, She’s a presenter, actress and model with a wealth of experience with global brands.

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30 Nov 2020

To reinvent or not?

The COVID-19 lockdown has proven to be devastating at worst for most of us. We have come to realise just how fragile all the things that we took for granted are.

From our jobs to our lifestyles and even our relationships, the pandemic has thrown a spanner in the works and we may still be feeling the ripples for years to come.

Many of us have lost jobs, most of us have lost income and some have even lost people close to them.

The lockdown has proven a formative experience for many, and a transformative experience for some.

We have to believe that there will be a light at the end of the tunnel, there still plenty of time to make some positive change to your life and reinvent yourself under lockdown.

Is this a good time a consider a new career?

If the pandemic has rendered you jobless, this can be a colossal blow to your self-esteem.

Maybe this hiatus is the perfect opportunity to rethink your career and consider something that will give you greater freedom, autonomy and satisfaction.

Self-employment can be a great way to take control of your livelihood and income, making a career from doing what you love the most.

You may never get an opportunity like this again to reassess what matters in your life and career.

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Have you got any career tips to help safeguard our livelihoods?

  1. Broaden your interests - Our current lifestyle has us enslaved by our jobs and defining ourselves by the products we buy. Now’s the perfect time to broaden your interests, learn new skills and reacquaint yourself with old passions and hobbies.

  2. Get more political - The COVID-19 virus itself has nothing to do with politics. But the social and economic fallout certainly has a great deal to do with politics.One promising thing about the pandemic is its politicising effect on the world. Hopefully this will get more people engaged with politics and combat voter apathy.Don’t shy away from talking about uncomfortable or difficult topics. Each of us - regardless of our race or gender - has a role to play.

  3. Be open to feedback and learning - If you see harmful behaviour in your workplace, say something. Otherwise your silence makes you complicit in it.

  4. Build trust and confront inequities head-on through organisation-wide policies and strategies - Not all leadership opportunities are created equally, and not all jobs provide the same degree of career advancement.We should make a deliberate investment to help female colleagues, model inclusive leadership behaviours and empower employees to negotiate their roles.

  5. Be more social - This might seem inherently paradoxical but the lockdown is the perfect time to reignite your relationships with friends and family. Everyone’s feeling isolated and vulnerable. There’s never been a better time to drop someone you love a text or an email and let them know that you’ve been thinking about them. Catching ip over the phone or via video chat can help you to repair the gulf in your friendships and also improve your mental wellbeing and health.

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