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What to do if you Lost your Job Because of COVID-19

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COVID-19 has had a profound impact on workforces around the world. As companies went bust or were forced to halt their operations, millions around the world were furloughed or let go altogether. Many lost all sources of income as a result of the pandemic. If you are one of them, take a look at this handy guide put together by the guys at Career Karma.

Remember, times of crises are also times of opportunity. For every person that has lost their job, there is another person that was able to transition to a remote role. In fact, remote work is now a sweeping trend in the world of work, with companies like Twitter recently announcing that all its employees can work remotely.

If you are looking for a safe career path, one with guaranteed employability and high remuneration, then you must consider the tech sector. If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that employment in traditional industries can be jeopardized in an instant. The tech industry, on the other hand, has proven to be extremely resilient, due in no small part to the fact that many of the roles in the industry can be performed remotely.

Coding Bootcamps

If we’ve convinced you to take a closer look at a career in tech, you may be wondering what’s the best way to get your foot in the door. The answer is simple: coding bootcamps. These are very short but extremely intensive courses where you learn the specific skills to start a career in your chosen tech profession. There is a bootcamp for just about any field or skill in the tech sector. One we highly recommend at Career Karma is Springboard, which offers quality bootcamps on UI/UX design, data science, data analytics and web development, to name a few.

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Compared to traditional two- or four-year computer science degrees, coding bootcamps amount to a small investment of both time and financial resources. Most bootcamps can be completed within a year and at a fraction of the cost of university degrees. The average cost of a boostcamp is $12,000—you could be paying that for just one semester at a university!

Software Engineering

Pursuing a career in software development is an extremely wise decision. Every day, the world becomes more reliant on software, from conducting money transfers to storing patient information at hospitals. As humanity advances on its quest to streamline every process and facilitate the life of every person, the need for software engineers can only increase. According to ZipRecruiter, most software engineering positions offer salaries between $79,000 to $115,000 per year, with a national average salary of around $98,500 per year.

Web Development

Web Development is another field with a bright future. The Internet is taking a more prominent role in the lives of individuals and corporations, with the need for functional, sleek websites growing by the day. As long as this continues to be the case, web developers will be in high demand and will command handsome salaries. Senior web developers with education and several years of experience can expect to earn over $90,000 on average.

UX/UI Design

Designing a good user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) is key to creating a successful product. To accomplish that, companies employ highly-skilled designers capable of creating products that look good and are easy to use. A UX designer’s job is to make products intuitive and easy to use. The UI designer, on the other hand, deals more with the appearance of the product, ensuring that it is as attractive as possible. Both of these designers command high salaries. The average salary for a UX/UI designer is almost $90,000 per year. 

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Database Administration

As data assumes a bigger role in our lives, the need for professionals that can properly store, manage and protect that data is on the rise. Qualified Database Administrators are highly sought after by companies seeking to store and use their data efficiently. Database administrators earn impressive salaries. Most expected salaries for database administrators, according to ZipRecruiter, range between $65,000 to $104,000. The national average salary is over $86,100 per year.

These are just a few of the tech careers you should consider if you are eying to safeguard your financial future. Remember that the easiest way to break into one of these fields is to complete a coding bootcamp. With thousands of schools offering quality courses at very affordable rates, the time has never been riper to begin walking down this path.


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By Dexter Phillip-Khane

Dexter Phillip-Khane is the Deputy Editor at Bazaar Daily News. Covering interesting topics; food, and more — Phillip-Khane is a Trinidadian-American writer and photographer residing in New York City. To request secure communications access, e-mail dexkhane@bazaardaily.co.uh and ask for Signal.

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