Owing to the global pandemic, the world has come to a standstill, and uncertainty is the new normal. A massive wave of doubt has of course entered the minds of all MBA aspirants, who wished to pursue their b-school dreams in the imminent years. Aspirants who were in the midst of preparation don’t know how to go about it anymore, and many who planned to pursue MBA for further studies don’t know if it’s worth it anymore. Needless to say, the future does seem clouded.
The immediate consequence of the Covid-19 will be the recession which is said to last for about 18-24 months. And MBA aspirants, or any graduates for that matter will be competing for opportunities not only amongst the freshers of their batch but the global workforce who have been laid off work as well during this pandemic period. So, is it end all of future endeavors for students? No, it’s not.
We are at an advantage, as we know what is to come and we can utilize this time to prepare for the impending period of challenge. The students who wish to successfully survive the coming period of test, need to brace themselves with knowledge, strategies and back up plans. Focus on fields and areas which will have rising opportunities in the future. Technical fields such as computer science, data science, data analytics, biomedical science, nursing etc. Use the lockdown period to research, understand the pre-requisites and start working on them. Start learning skills which will enhance your profile and contribute to your CV. The essential focus during this period is long term planning.
However, all of this is easier said than done. Stuck in our homes, with the same monotonous routine can be taxing and more importantly affect one’s mental health. It actually requires a lot of effort to motivate ourselves to follow these steps especially when the future is so foggy. The key point here is to take one day at a time with slow and steady steps.
Form a schedule, but don’t be too rigid about it. Have daily goals but make sure they are practical because at the end of the day it’s not a competition of who’s doing better than whom. For once in your entire life you have the freedom to utilize time according to your whims and fancies. Take advantage of it. And if it gets too much, schedule distractions as well. This is the perfect time fulfill any of those bucket lists that you had written as a kid. Work on old ones, make new ones. Its all in your perspective. Especially for students, this period is not unfortunate, rather an opportunity to enhance your life skills and emerge as survivors.