You may have seen articles about this recently in the newspapers and online. COVID-19 has changed the world, the way we work and the way we think about our lives and the future.
When the pandemic started early in 2020, we had no idea that nearly two years on our lives would still be being impacted by the virus.
Lengthy lockdowns lasting for months on end, working from home, not commuting, but having time to reflect on what’s important in our lives has changed how many people want to live and work in the future.
Not being able to see family and friends, perhaps even being separated by international or state borders has meant that we are expecting to see a “great resignation,” and even a “great migration” in early 2022.
Why? People have realised that maybe they don’t actually need all that much, and material things are just….well, material things.
When you can’t go to the shops and buy things, you realise that actually maybe you don’t need to, and your wallet is healthier for it.
When you can’t see your family, you realise just how important they are. When you can’t catch up with your friends for a coffee, drink, walk or chat, you realise how much they add to your life.
Many people are leaving countries where they have been happily living as ex-pats so they will be in the same country as their family, having been unable to just hop on a plane. People who have endured two lengthy winter lockdowns in Victoria are moving north towards sunny Queensland in case it happens again. But also, people having worked from home realise they don’t actually need to live in the city and can live in a more rural environment, or nearer the sea, anywhere really. They don’t have to commute.
Others are looking to change their careers completely, retrain, and find work that is less stressful that allows them to continue to work in their home office as the call to return to the workplace goes out. They’ve found a work/life balance and they don’t want to lose it.
These changes are going to have huge ramifications on our cityscapes, our future working lives won’t quite be the same again.
Sonya and I have been living this dream now since 2003. When COVID hit, our working lives hardly changed at all, in fact our transcription business was even busier as more and more people conducted meetings over Zoom, Webex and Teams. We have been appreciating the freedom and flexibility of working from home for many years, which is why we created TranscribeRight, so that people who weren’t sure how to work from home, or what to do, could get started in transcription.
If you’re looking for a career that can give you work/life balance, that you can do anywhere, why not check out our course https://www.transcriberight.com/ .Transcription is an industry which is growing. It’s very portable and can literally be done anywhere where there is an internet connection or you can hotspot to your mobile. It’s highly rewarding mentally as no two days are the same. You get to choose when you work, which leaves time to catch up with friends and family now we can, walk the dog, go for a swim, or just have a coffee and enjoy the moment.
If the “great resignation” makes us happier, healthier and richer in the things that matter, bring it on!