With the Covid vaccine rapidly rolling out, now’s a great time to position yourself to start your new career a few months from now.
It’s a sunny and warm day here in Arlington. The cherry trees are starting to blossom and folks are out walking, jogging, or grabbing brunch with friends. You’d almost forget that we’re still in a pandemic!
With the vaccine rolling out at record speed, it looks like everyone who wants the vaccine will have had it in less than three months for now. (At least stateside.) Rolling the tape forward, for many businesses this means an end or a curtailing of working from home. More importantly, we should also begin seeing an end to hiring reductions or outright freezes from many companies.
Put yourself in the shoes of help desk supervisors right now. They’ve been waiting for those hiring freezes to lift so they can hire more help deskers to keep pace with all the work that’s been piling up. In some cases, they’ve been unable to back-fill positions from people who left or got promoted shortly before or even during Covid. They’re probably all so overworked that they can’t wait to be able to hire some new IT Support people!
What does this mean for you? I predict that there will be a swell of job openings for help desk positions in just a few short months. And you want to be ready to ride that wave right into your new IT career!
Tentatively, here’s the timeline I’m forecasting for the US. If you’re in another country, adjust the timeline based on when you think 65% or so of your population will be vaccinated.
Today: If you haven’t already started to position yourself to get your first help desk job, start immediately. You have a few options depending on your situation: you can do it alone by following the steps I’ve outlined in this previous article. Or, if you’re between the ages of 18 to 24 and live in the states, you could go the YearUp route as I detailed in this article. If you’re not in the states, give Generation a look instead and see if they have a presence in your country. And if you have a few gray hairs in your head like me, give this article on Per Scholas a look. They have no upper age restrictions! And finally, if you’re at least sixteen and didn’t graduate high school, check out JobCorps. Whichever route you choose, get started today!
June: I predict lots of offices will begin reopening their offices around June. I know there’s been a lot of publicity around companies announcing that employees can work from home forever, but most people in leadership positions prefer to have their workforce come into a physical office. (As with many of my claims, I offer no evidence to back this up. But, you know, trust me on this!)
August or September: I think the hiring freezes will take a little longer to begin lifting simply because company leaders will want to feel comfortable that Covid is really behind us. A few months of normalcy ought to do the trick. This is when a ton of new job postings should begin flooding job sites.
Hopefully, you’ve followed my advice from this post and set up a LinkedIn account. If so, start heavily advertising to your social network that you’re in the process of starting your IT career (or changing careers into IT.) Or, if you elected to go the route of going into one of the free programs I linked above, you can simply let them place you into your first job. (Sweet!)
Whichever route you choose, though, it’s critical that you start today. So now that you’ve read this article, why not get started immediately and take your first step along the Silicon Path?
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