Graduate School, Professional Journey

Rethinking 2020 Plans

“Within crisis, are the seeds of opportunity.”

Marylin Monroe

We’re halfway through 2020, and the year has not gone as expected.

It was supposed to be an uneventful year. A steady job and a steady paycheck would allow me to pay off my remaining student loan debt and save up a financial cushion while I completed graduate coursework in instructional design. By 2021, I would be prepared to finish my degree and make the jump from educational publishing to instructional design.

The plan didn’t work out. Instead, I got laid off in March, throwing my financial situation and my career plans into question. I’d been looking forward to getting out of publishing but, only halfway through my degree, I wasn’t sure I was ready to change careers. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic, and I found myself unemployed just as the country went into quarantine and the economy went into a tailspin.

So now what?

It was a stressful situation, but I got lucky. In fact, university closures created an opportunity that I wouldn’t have otherwise had. Relatively quickly, I was able to secure an instructional design-adjacent role in higher education, editing online curricula. Although temporary, the role provides experience working with learning management systems and across subject areas. My plans are back on track.

Like many people, I’ve had to rethink my plans and goals this year. I’ve been luckier than most, in that I had skills that could be useful in exceptional circumstances. I was able to take advantage of an opportunity within a calamity. By the end of the year, I’ll actually be better equipped for a career change than I would be if I hadn’t lost my job.

How have your plans changed in 2020?

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