Der zweite Tag in Melbournes zweitem Lockdown und hier kommt die zweite Runde von DiM-Tipps, die Lockdown-Laune in den grünen Bereich katapultieren können. Diesmal kommen sie von der Australierin Jenn Barfield, die mehrere Jahre in Deutschland, genauer gesagt Münster, gelebt hat. Als Life und Career Transition Coach hat sie besonders für die, die sich in einer interessanten oder kritischen Phase in ihrem Arbeitsleben befinden, gute Krisen-Ratschläge.
Reach out to ask or give help
“My first reaction to the announcement of a second Lockdown in Melbourne? I was greatly disappointed, but I had a couple of weeks ago resigned myself to expect the probability of going into another round of Lockdown.
I have empathy for all those who are hit hard by the current situation, so my first tip is to reach out and be willing to ask for or give help. Are you noticing in yourself or someone you know signs of becoming withdrawn, change in online behaviour, unable to “switch off”, concerned about the future? These are a few signs that might give you the instinct that things may not be quite right, and the person might benefit from extra support.
How do I recognise someone needs help?
R U OK? is an Australian not-for-profit organization with the mission to prevent suicide by inspiring and empowering everyone to support anyone struggling with life by meaningfully connecting with them. Founded in 2009 by Gavin Larkin who lost his father to suicide, the “R U Ok?” website has a Find Help section with contact details and links to services that provide immediate support and services as well as useful tools and resources. There is also a downloadable tips sheet to help you trust the signs.
Create a playlist of your favourite songs
On a slightly lighter note – my second tip for any time you find yourself a little low: Create a playlist of your favourite songs that lift your spirits and enjoy them: sing, play, dance or listen. My favourite songs to lift me up are quite an eclectic mix of songs that remind me of happy memories and/or have a beat that I just can’t help but start dancing to.
A few of these are: December 1963 (Oh What a Night) by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, I’m in the Mood for Dancing by The Nolans, Take on Me by A-Ha, Weg Zum Mond by Tom Beck, Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley (Guilty secret… My teenage crush was for Rick Astley, and this song takes me back to what seemed a simpler time).
Is your career effected? Try Skills Match!
My third tip is in particular for those who are effected by COVID-19 when it comes to their careers. You might have lost your job or contemplating about a new career direction or path. If you are in or considering a career transition, identify your transferable skills using Skills Match, where you can enter up to five jobs or job positions you have held including unpaid and voluntary work. From here, the tool identifies skills that were needed for the roles you have worked, and suggests possible career moves based on the identified skills.
What is interesting is that Skills Match will identify relevant jobs across multiple industries that you may not have considered previously. A great tool to help you think outside the box in terms of potential career pathways. I wish this tool was available when I gave up my teaching career and struggled with identifying and describing my transferable skills.
“Crises a challenge but also time for growth”
For me, any crises like the current second Melbourne Lockdown is a challenge but also a time for growth. I will use it as an opportunity to make time for myself to relax, reflect on my strengths, core values, and aligning these with my vision for my future.
Wishing you all the best, and safe journey as we transition through the next 6 weeks and beyond.”
Wer mehr über Jenn wissen möchte, dem empfehlen wir ihre Website Holistic Career Development Planning. Jenns hat sich übrigens darauf spezialisiert mit früheren Angehörigen der Streitkräfte zu arbeiten und ihnen zu helfen, in eine neue Karriere überzugehen.
Weitere Helplines, die Jenn empfiehlt und an die sich Deutschsprachige in Australien wenden können sind beispielsweise:
* Headspace in Australia provides support for 12 – 25 year olds with resources and counselling support. Website: https://headspace.org.au/
* Smiling Minds has a great app which I believe is accessible globally. Website: https://www.smilingmind.com.au/
* The Resilience Project – has launched their TRP@home resource/strategies for children, teenagers and adults/wider community. This should be available globally. Depending on location, may need to access through the website: https://theresilienceproject.com.au/at-home/
* Open Arms provides support for all present and former serving members of the Australian Defence Force and their family members. Website: https://www.openarms.gov.au/