Note from editor: Covid-19 has infected just about every part of the world, and virtually everyone has been personally affected in some way. It is important to note the stories and experiences of the everyday person: their struggles, their hopes, their dreams, and their eventual adaption and growth. This is one of those stories.
Emerging through Covid - by Megan Lazaga
After graduating from college in 2019, I thought the world was my oyster. I figured I would continue my job as a server while I completed my portfolio and polished up my resume. I began my search for a career in the early 2020 and, as any job hunt goes, it was alright. I won some interviews, sometimes received no call backs, and sometimes received some job offers. Despite these offers, I didn’t end up taking any of the jobs because I felt the specific companies were not a match for me. So, the job hunt continued. Continued, that is, until something happened that I never dreamt would happen in my lifetime.
The news of Covid-19 began to spread more and more and, what we thought couldn’t happen, made its way in our backyards. In March of 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic started its spread. Thousands of businesses closed their doors and thousands of Americans lost their jobs. I found myself to be one of those thousands of Americans; jobless and scared, all the while trying to start my career. My job hunt was difficult from the beginning, but now prospects seemed nonexistent.
I’m not going to lie though, it wasn’t all bad. I put the unemployment money I received toward student loans, and even took the time to do some traveling and backpacking. I also took this time without a job as an opportunity to work on some personal projects and polish the skills I learned in college. After months of being furloughed and discouraged, I got my head back in the game. As business began to reopen, I sent out my resume again.
I have to say, this pandemic taught me a lot about myself. Mostly that being unemployed is not fun. There was no value in it for me. So, I took the chance to improve my skills so that when the job market did reopen I could be one of the first to get a job. It taught me the value of opportunities. I am by no means saying that the pandemic was a good thing, we have all struggled with the horrific effects, but I think it is important to seize any opportunity put in front of you; turn something negative into something positive. It's not what happens to us, after all, it's how we react to those things.
I am happy to say that now, even while the Covid-19 situation continues, I am employed. I think it’s safe to say that most Americans are not only eager to get back into the workforce, but perhaps have the gumption to become harder workers. What we have experienced is something that our children and grandchildren will be reading in the history books, and we have to be thankful we have our health and the opportunities that we do have. We’re all in the same boat, but what can make us stand out in the job market is to show that nothing can stop our personal growth. We need to keep strong, keep pushing forward, and always remember to wash our hands.
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