After being out of full-time employment for nearly a year I was lucky to land myself a great job in a brand-new career. This happened just as the covid-19 virus started sweeping across the world and just before it was labelled as a pandemic.
I was quite nervous about starting down my new path, as most people on a career change are. Add to the mix a global pandemic and I really did not know what to expect. What it has meant to me is that, unfortunately, I have not been able to be properly trained in. I do not even have proper access to the building that I am assigned to. I did fear that it would put a stop to my new assignment before it began but, thankfully, my new employers have kept faith and are committed to the long-term prospects of my position.
My situation for the last 2 months has been challenging, mentally. I am someone who is at their best on the move and in the company of others. I like to be busy and have purpose. With very little to do, I decided I would sign up for an online course and take advantage of, what I hope does not last too long, a very quiet unproductive period. This has helped my mental health greatly, although I do admit that there are days when staring into a computer screen for hours on end has the opposite effect. But I know that there are better days ahead and I will persevere.
Until recently even the roads, to and from work, have been a lonely place with little or no traffic. On the odd days I have used public transport you can, or could, feel the nervousness from other commuters sharing my train carriages. Things have relaxed a little in that sense as people have become a little more confident in knowing what is safe and what is not.
It does seem that, with the easing of restrictions, things are slowly returning to some sort of normality and hopefully I have a proper crack of the whip. It will be nice to see people getting back to their daily lives…..it will be nice to see people full stop.