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7 Positives We Can Take from The Pandemic

There’s no denying that 2020 was a huge catalyst for lasting change across many dimensions of our lives; school closures changed the landscape of both education and childcare, businesses were forced to suspend trading and many have found themselves unable to reopen and of course there is the huge and undeniable effect that the pandemic has had on our personal lives.

Despite the many downsides bought about by this crisis, there have actually been a number of positives that (hopefully) will outlast and outshine any negative effects and be a foundation upon which we continue to build a brighter future. Here are 7 good things that we can take away from the pandemic-

1. The Environmental Benefits

A byproduct of the suspension of business, travel and life in general during the first lockdown was the unplanned (but highly welcomed) fall in the dangerous, and in places illegal, levels of air pollution across urban areas such as London. This automatically coupled with decline in toxic fumes across the city to levels not seen in over 60 years which scientists suggest is aiding in the repair of the Earths’ ozone layer, no wonder we saw an unprecedented boom in urban flora and fauna flourishing during such a quiet period.

 

2. The Opportunity to Spend More Time Together

It seems almost trite, and many people would have struggled with the sudden increase in time spent at home, but at least during one of the most significant periods of mass-uncertainty in modern history, we had each other to turn to. For many, so much time at home and free from external distractions meant spending more time with family and getting to know those they live with on a much deeper level. The stress, concern and precariousness which the pandemic bought into so many homes was balanced by a sense of care, duty and togetherness with which many people grew much closer in their need for mutual comfort and this may prove to be the primary bonding agent of an entire generation…

 

3. Education Came To The Home

Unfortunately, for many children (and adult learners) education suffered, especially during the first months of the pandemic. However, the need to persevere in spite of restrictions soon manifested in the form of online delivery straight into the homes of many students. Although schools have now reopened, many found this a much more suitable format for learning and in response there are now some brilliant online study platforms catering to a variety of ages and abilities; college- age students are able to qualify from Entry Level 3 (just below GCSE level) right up to Level 3 (A-level equivalent). Its good news too for adult learners, whether looking to enhance your existing skillset with e-learning courses or to gain anything from Level 2 to Level 5 qualifications in a matter of months, it’s never been so easy to become certified at your own pace and in your own home!

 

4. Working From Home

One way in which 2020 was completely revolutionary was the introduction of working from home across a huge range of sectors that would never have previously considered the option. Rather than suspend trading completely, many companies quickly set up systems so that staff could continue to do their jobs virtually and this trend looks like it is here to stay. Even though many people have now returned to the office, the idea of a blended approach- working part of the week from home and part of the week on site, is proving increasingly popular and some industry giants such as SAGA Insurance Services have opted to institute remote working as a full time option going forward…

 

5. The Range Of New Business Ideas That Sprung Up

They say that necessity is the mother of invention and this has been demonstrated by some of the business ventures that have risen during this period of drastic transformation- existing companies such as Deliveroo and Uber Eats have flourished, dramatically increasing their offerings, customer base and revenue thanks to the changing landscape of consumer habits. Services such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams, while previously unheard of by many are now household names and are used for everything from socialising to business conferencing to educating the next generation of entrepreneurs

 

6. The Focus On DIY, Crafting And Hobbies

If necessity is the mother of invention then boredom may well be the father with frustration and the need for distraction looking on as loving God-parents; for a so many of us, being stuck at home was the catalyst for a renaissance in creativity, recreation and the discovery of new pastimes. Thanks to those months spent at home, many of us have uncovered what will be a lifelong passion for fancies such as home improvement, cooking, the arts and various skills or trades- specialities they may wish to continue to build upon

 

7. The Shake Up Of The Business Landscape

Sadly, following the government-mandated closure of businesses at the start of the pandemic, many businesses found themselves unable to reopen and have disappeared to make room for new economic players (see point 5 above). However the change in consumer habits and the way in which companies cater to them has meant a whole new set of skills and qualifications are becoming increasingly necessary. One example of this is the governments’ recognition of a coding skills gap in the UK- an increasingly necessary expertise in an evermore digitised environment! Luckily, such virtuosities are more accessible than ever and within a year you could be a fully qualified Web Application Developer earning a starting salary of £50,000…