Tsoler Shekerdemian -Silkhanian
Almost all countries that were hit by the first wave of COVID-19 relied on public health tools to stop its spread, among them the most effective was the lockdown. And while the world was focused on the prevention of the outbreak, the social, political, and the economic costs of the lockdown was increasing. Among them is the increasing number of the unemployment rates, especially in the services and the informal sectors.
In order to have sustainable recovery, full commitment of all stakeholders is necessary, which includes states, institutions, non-governmental organizations and last but not least the citizens.
While the states have huge responsibilities both on the macro and the micro level to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on their economies, citizens too have a huge role to play. The impacts of COVID-19 obviously went far beyond health issues, threatening almost every economy worldwide, raising the issue of unemployment on the first level moving on to increasing international poverty rates. However what would an unemployed citizen do to overcome the reality that’s imposed?
Seconding the fear of testing positive for the COVID-19, unemployment is the next concern worldwide. Losing a job is undesirable at any age, and can have long term and deep effects on a person’s life. However giving up, or being used to unproductivity is not a solution; there are few things that I recommend for every unemployed person and especially the unemployed youth, who might be unaware of their incredible capabilities to give back to the society.
Volunteering: While many businesses are hit with the situation too, and are letting go of employees because they will fail to pay their salaries, most would appreciate a volunteer. However volunteering has to be taken seriously and one must show that he can carry responsibilities and be relied on. Volunteering is the ultimate second option for employment. Time volunteered will fill the gap in your curriculum vitae, in addition it will reflect good personal characteristics, and finally it will increase your chances of being recruited as an employee once the crisis ends.
Employability: People can use this time improve their technical and vocational skills, try to improve their employability, and opt to meet the rising demands of employers. The employment market pre COVID-19 crisis was very competitive, especially in some saturated sectors, and it will be even more competitive once the wave is cleared.
Entrepreneurship: COVID-19 had the power to put many sectors out of business, however the new routine has called for new needs. People need to constantly ask themselves what they need, or better yet, what will make lives easier. Recently the options available for an entrepreneur has exploded, and a numerous barriers have been removed, many thanks to technology and internet. If you’re smart you will acknowledge the fact that some start-up costs can be dismissed, while others can be delayed. Time has brought us all to think outside of the box, and there are no limits to the imagination.
Positivity: While some might argue the economic values of positivity, many studies confirm the superpowers of staying positive. While the uncertainty has gotten the best of most of us, positivity is the glue that holds us to our future that we desire. Positivity does not necessarily mean to be constantly happy, positivity on the other hand is the power to have gratitude, be mindful, and be on a constant seek inspiration to have a better future.
Solidarity, hard work, and hope can and will help us overcome the prevailing situation.