The world will not be the same after the COVID-19 pandemic. There are two eras in our lives: the pre-COVID era, which is now over, and the COVID age, which will continue for some time. Individual and professional lives will be forever changed (probably some good things). Changes will occur in many areas, including the work culture, challenges, thinking, and other aspects.
The question is: How can you adapt to it efficiently and effectively to be successful in the new world arrangement, and especially in corporate life? Another question is: Is this a problem that can be turned into an opportunity?
To answer this question, we must understand one thing: Survival is the key. After every downturn in the past few centuries, those who excelled in their chosen field and were the fittest have found it relatively easy survive. Your professional expectations will rise as the corporate approach changes. You will need to be more competitive than ever with your peers.
This 5 step process will help you excel and survive.
Understanding the needs of your organization and your work
Learn what they want from you
Identify your strengths, interests, and weaknesses (as well as your disinterests).
Analyze your strengths and interests and make changes based on your disinterests and weaknesses.
You can succeed by taking action to sustain yourself initially and then succeed later.
It’s not easy to do. There might be resistance from within. You are the only one who can overcome this resistance. Let me give you an example that I have used to illustrate how it can be done successfully. Let’s say you are involved with Project Management. In that case, you need to think about the following steps. Let’s talk about this context. You can choose to do the same exercise in another field.
Step 1: Every payout an organization makes going forward will require high-value output. Expect a higher return on investment. If employees can add great value to the company, they will be paid and retained.
Step 2: Understand what your organization expects of you if you are involved in Project Management or working on projects.
In these times of unprecedented change, every organization will expect its employees to deliver exceptional results in meeting all constraints (Scope and Time, Cost, Quality & Resources, Risks, Satisfaction, Customer Satisfaction). This might be the new norm in survival.
Step 3: This step is self-evaluation. You will need to create four quadrants and then brainstorm or analyze the 4 areas within each quadrant with respect to Project Management. You will be able to identify your strengths and weaknesses by doing a deep self-analysis on each of these areas.
Strengths you should be strengthening or using to your benefit
You need to address or suppress your weaknesses
Where you are interested in:
You don’t want to be or do something you don’t like.
Step 4: Knowing these 4 areas is not enough. Now it is time to start thinking about how you can use these four areas to your advantage. Planning for the future is key to success. You might discover some strengths and interests that you can use to improve your skills. All four areas can be improved by skill up-gradation. You must not only improve your skills but also market yourself effectively. You will need to have recognized Project Management Certifications in order to establish your credibility in the market.
Project Management Institute is a globally recognized organization that offers Project Management skills. There are many Project Management Certification options available. The most well-known and flagship program is PMP Certification (PMP, Project Management Professional). These are the steps you need to follow to get certified, improve your skills and obtain this certification:
Check your eligibility
Check out the PMP Certification Costs and Effort involved
Identify your options
Do some research on how to do it (Which university, which study materials, etc.).
Register with 1 quality institute
Follow the guidelines of the institute
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These steps will make your life much easier. They will not vary from one person to another.
Check your eligibility:
The following eligibility calculator can be used to determine your eligibility. If you are not eligible for PMP, PMI offers an alternative option: CAPM Certification (CAPM Certified Associa).