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Covid 19 has hit employment by a storm. With the lockdown in place, companies had to let employees work remotely and the general attitude towards remote work has been changing. Among other things, it is imperative to note that the search for the term ‘remote’, ‘work from home’, and related phrases by job seekers has increased by well over 442% since February 2020 (Indeed India).
Hence, though the economy is suffering a setback, there is still a silver lining presenting itself through remote work opportunities.
Here is a list of remote work trends and new remote jobs that are likely to emerge after Covid.
Technological improvement is the main factor in the feasibility of remote work. With technological improvements, work from home wouldn’t have been a reality. Hence, remote work favors those who know how to use technology and use it to learn new skills, discover jobs, manage workflows and make the most of it. Digital literacy is at the heart of remote work.
Amidst the Covid 19 pandemic, we saw many people lose their jobs. Some started working for a less-qualified role while some are still looking for a position. Companies are facing losses and want to cut costs wherever possible. In that case, if automation could solve the job that you are doing or if you aren’t qualified enough to handle the shifting responsibilities of the role, why would they hire or keep you?
Automation and digitalization across different industries call for an urgent need of upskilling and reskilling. They are crucial for advancing in your career and also serves as a safeguard against future setbacks.
Green Economy jobs are jobs that help us protect and preserve our environment, The jobs could be related to agriculture, manufacturing, or services industries. Today, people and the governments are working together to create a sustainable economy and there are many businesses that work towards this. According to a report by the International Labour Organization (ILO), if the world moves towards a greener economy by 2020, it has the potential to create 24 million new jobs.
Notable Green Economy jobs in India cater to agriculture, fisheries, forestry, tourism, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing sectors.
The top roles with increased job postings in 2020 (in Indeed India) were related to Front-end developer, Full-stack developer, developers, software architects, and other roles in IT. IT and tech are two sectors where job requirements are the highest. Though IT sector too faced pay cuts and layoffs, the demand is still on the rise and will increase further post-Covid.
Fields like cybersecurity, IoT, robotics, cloud computing, machine learning, and other roles in science and tech will be at the forefront in the near future. Along with these, digital platforms will offer various sources of jobs catering to gaming and other digital services.
The gig economy is characterized by flexible working hours, accountability of work, and different formats of work like contractual, independent, part-time, and so on. With work from home becoming the norm and technology set at the forefront of it, there will be a rise in the gig economy. Workers have now realized the importance of keeping multiple streams of incomes and the gig economy is a plausible option. Also, more and more people are turning to freelance and contractual work.
Contactless delivery is the new normal and doorstep services are on the rise. While people are still skeptical about freely roaming and eating outside, they are seeking out new experiences, albeit at home. This has led to a rise in at-home services. Along with delivery for food and groceries, there has been an increase in the at-home parlor, cleaning, and caregiving services. And the need for skilled workers in this sector will see a rise post-Covid too.
While there are new remote jobs occurring in various fields, to get the best out of it, you should focus on your skills and be technologically adept. Along with that, keep a learner’s mindset and never shy away from learning new things. With discipline and consistency, you will be able to excel in the remote work game.
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