Aside from Amazon, are there industries or businesses that have
done well during the pandemic? I've been lucky enough to keep my
job, but I'm wondering about younger people and those out of work
- what options do they have for job searching? - Kelsey
Hi Kelsey: Great question and topic! I always think it's
great to find the silver lining, especially in times like these
when it can be difficult to stay positive. In addition to the big
businesses that have increased profits over the last six months,
we've seen a good number of sectors and services experience growth
sales. As you mentioned, Amazon has been raking in money hand
over fist since places first started locking down. However, that
company's monopoly isn't absolute when it comes to digital retail.
A lot of businesses have adapted to start shipping their goods
and making online ordering more accessible. As a part of that,
those working on the back end in logistics and e-commerce have
found lots of opportunities. Any service with a foothold and the
ability to streamline online shopping has been pretty successful.
And, outside of those digital jobs, the economy has added a lot
of work for couriers to handle the increase in shipping.
2. Digital training. As we're all aware, education has largely
moved online in the wake of COVID. This hasn't necessarily led
to a big increase in traditional teaching jobs, but it has prompted
a surge of jobs related to education and training. Current teachers
need to train in new technology and programs, and tech companies
are employing developers to work on software that will make distanced
learning easier to manage. There are seminars running online for
educators looking to get better at instructing from home, as well
as how-to tutorials in just about every field.
3. Outdoor everything. Even as we all fight to get back to
the normal lives we used to have, American innovation is on display
everywhere you look. Gyms and restaurants have found ways to move
operations outdoors while maintaining distance and the same quality
people had come to expect before the pandemic. You might not own
a cafe or a fitness center, but anyone with space to offer an
outdoor service is in high demand. Start teaching a pilates class
in the park, or throw together a pop-up movie theater. Think about
how this virus restricts us and what you could do in response
- whatever you come up with might be the perfect business opportunity
during these crazy times.
| I can't wait
to get to the other side of this when we can stop viewing everything
through a coronavirus lens. Until then, it's great to keep the wheels
turning and thinking of available work. Thanks for writing in!
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