At the moment, we are quite rightly relying on experts to guide us through Covid-19. According to author and university professor Tom Nichols, sneering at experts was easy until a pandemic arrived, and Covid-19 has forced people back to accepting that expertise matters. Professor of sociology and author Eric Klinenberg says it will force us to reconsider who we are and what we value, and, in the long run, it could help us rediscover the better version of ourselves. That’s why the expertise of career professionals matters now more than ever.
As career practitioners, we are trained in supporting people to reflect on skills, interests and values, and to navigate the journey of self-discovery. The challenge is that often people think they just have a job, not a career. Also, people sometimes assume our focus is helping people update their CV to seek or change jobs. That is important in wayfinding the lifelong journey that is career. However, for managing change, it’s our process of supporting people to reflect, explore, create strategies and implement action plans that makes a difference.
To find out more about how people are managing change during Covid-19, I talked with my friend Andrew – family man, construction company owner and generally wise human. He makes insightful comments regarding what’s different about decision-making in today’s changing world, and why expertise matters. To mix a few metaphors, I think he nails it. Watch below.
Dr Val O’Reilly is an Executive Director of The Career Development Company. Keep an eye on our homepage for updates on our response to Covid-19. #career #wayfinding