The pandemic has put a hold on a lot of people’s plans. For many, it made life much more difficult and created problems that they didn’t notice before the virus. Although the situation feels hopeless, there’s still life after COVID-19, and it can be a chance for us to start over. Though difficult, here’s what you can do to restart your life.
Finish your education
It’s a generally known fact that an education will give you higher earnings and more opportunities. A lot of companies prefer a four-year college degree, but you can also take cheaper and shorter courses. When we’re talking about starting over, four years can be a long time, and some of us have families that rely on us. What you can do, once the pandemic has subsided, is to take one or two-year diploma programs.
Certificates are a lot more affordable and offer more flexibility. Studies found that one in ten Americans actually have a certificate as their highest form of education. It’s one way that you can get your foot out the door if you plan on looking for a new career. Some of them can even be taken online or at night, so you still have time for work and family. ;
Most of these programs only require a high school diploma. If you never finished, then that’s no problem. There is always the option of taking night classes or GED tests. It’s important to at least have these when trying to start a new life. A lot of jobs and schools consider this the bare minimum requirement.
Right now, many of us are experiencing the struggle of working during a pandemic. It has also highlighted the major flaws in the companies that we work with. You may have realized that the company is just too toxic or the environment just doesn’t care about its employees. While it may not be a wise choice to quit jobs now, it is something you can plan on doing once the pandemic has subsided.
Studies show that six out of ten Americans say that their jobs are mediocre to bad. The economy is quite unstable at the moment, and it may be a few months to a year for things to go back to normal. Although you might not be able to leave your job yet, it doesn’t mean that you can’t start looking right now. Start sending out applications and taking online interviews, and you might just get lucky. Once you have something better lined up, then you can finally start anew.
Find a new home
Some places are handling the pandemic better than others. There are other states or cities that provide more support for those affected by the pandemic. Moving is a great way for people to make a fresh start. A new neighborhood might be what you need to find a better life.
For some people, one of the main struggles they are facing right now is the people they are living with. If you are someone who has a toxic family, then it may be time to start packing. We may not realize it, but the behavior of those around us can have a negative impact on our progress. Sometimes, the family makes us do things that are actually hindering our progress. Once you are able to, try looking at living independently, so you can start working on yourself.
Get a new plan
Many of us feel like we have no direction, and the pandemic can make it worse. Some people are out there making progress and learning new things while we are just trying to get through the day. It’s important to remember that there’s nothing wrong with just lying around, especially during the current situation.
What happened this year was out of our control, but that doesn’t mean the end for us. While you wait out this virus, you can start making new goals that you can work on after the pandemic (or even as early as now). It doesn’t have to be anything big. Take small steps to anything that matters to you. This can be starting a routine or finding a new hobby.
Start working on your debt
Student debt has ballooned to $1.6 trillion this year. Being debt-free can make a huge difference in your life. You are able to save more, spend more on things you enjoy, and have enough security for disasters.
After the pandemic, you can start taking additional steps to get yourself out of debt. This can be a change of lifestyle or a new career. A lot of people find that learning how to efficiently budget also made a huge difference in their ability to pay off debt.