Dear employee,

How are you? I hope you’re fine. I honestly do. There’s a lot happening in our world right now and I hope you’re finding ways to make the most of the changes you’re currently experiencing as a result of the ongoing pandemic.


And, because I’m very hopeful this sad experience will soon be behind us, I thought to write you this piece to get you thinking about what your career and finances would/should look like after this storm passes.


Depending on what part of the world you’re in right now, you’re probably experiencing one of the following:

a. You’ve been laid off from work because the company you worked for has had to close due to a drastic drop in sales.

b. You technically still have your job but can’t go to work and in turn, can’t earn your regular hourly wage/salary because the company you work for is temporarily closed.

c. You’ve now been mandated to work from home and thankfully will still be paid your salary as and when due.

d. You still go to work and there’s no doubt about the fact that you’ll get paid as and when due.


If you fall into categories a & b, I’d suggest that you take this as your wakeup call to up-skill so you can, not only get jobs in more stable industries but also so you can explore legitimate ways to make money outside of a paycheque.


It truly is risky to only leave off a single source of income – especially a salary that’s determined by someone else. Our bills don’t magically disappear because we’re temporarily out of work. Neither will it be wise for us to shrink our dreams to fit the size of our paycheques when we can use those same dreams as inspiration to create new streams of income to make those dreams a reality.


And no, I’m not speaking theoretically here. I too I’m currently exploring opportunities of my own. In fact, in the past few years I’ve not only been burnt by deals that didn’t go as well as I hoped, but I’ve also known the joy of creating an income stream that has given me a taste of what it’s like to earn without trading my time for money.


If you fall into categories c & d, I’d still suggest you take this same advice – be committed to your own professional development. Get new skills that’ll make you more relevant in your current industry or that would make it easy for you to pursue a career in an expanding industry in addition to finding legitimate ways of money outside of your job.


The internet is here for you. Use it, not just to be entertained, but even more to equip yourself for your next career move/advancement and to gain more control over your finances. Find out what industries are expanding, find out what skills are in high demand, decide which you want to develop, take some of the many online courses available and start implementing – what you can, how you can, as soon as you can.


I really want to see you make the most of the changes that are coming your way this season. Please be sure to ponder on all I’ve shared with you.


To your professional success.

Ifeoma Nkem-Gbemudu

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