It takes about a month for a new habit to become ingrained and that certainly seems to be the case as we stare down the barrel of week four in level 4 lockdown. Now our routines are firmly established, time seems to be flying by. I wouldn’t say I was enjoying it exactly but, as I’ve said before, I am trying to look on the bright side. I’ve used this time in limbo-land to upskill a little so I’m ready for when I can finally resume job hunting. It also helps stop me feeling completely useless whilst hubby goes off to work every day.
‘Jack of all trades’
The interesting thing to note about the New Zealand workforce is that everyone is expected to chip in and help out. What this means is that you need to be flexible and have a good cross selection of skills. The term all-rounder frequently pops up in job adverts. This makes it tricky when coming from a country where people are more or less expected to work within their job remit, heaven forbid you to step on someone else’s toes.
In New Zealand, a ‘Jack of all trades’ could be useful due to the low population, whereas in the UK, a diverse resume might be frowned upon as it indicates someone who can’t settle.
So, with the hope of the level 4 lockdown ending next week, I took the opportunity to refresh some of my professional skills.
Just before Covid-19 became a household name, I had an interview at a recruitment agency. The recruitment agent looked at my CV and noted that I held an accounting certificate but dismissed it as it was from a long time ago (I’d rather not say just how long ago). Bookkeeping is a sought after skill here so I’ve used this time to refresh my skills and complete some free online accountancy courses.
If you feel inspired to upskill but you’re already an accounting Wizz or numbers just aren’t your thing, take a look at three of my favourite free course providers for inspiration:
- Alison offers a variety of courses, from business and marketing to health and lifestyle
- Harvard University offers a variety of academic subjects including humanities, art and design and computer sciences
- Lynda/LinkedIn Learning offer a free month trial where you can explore their broad range of business subjects.
Or simple Google best online courses with printable certificates to find something that suits!
Lockdown level 3 is on the horizon…
However, my dreams of possibly getting an interview next week have been dashed as it has been announced that IF we move to level 3 lockdown, we still need to stay at home as much as possible.
I’d love to hear what you have been doing during the lockdown. Do you have kids you need to homeschool or have you found any interesting online courses? Let me know in the comments!