How you can progress your career amidst COVID-19

James Moorhouse, Founder & Director of ABN Resource

COVID-19 can be a catalyst for lasting positive change. The lubricants industry has weathered many storms in the past and managed to thrive. Wars, recessions, market crashes, political and regulatory changes, new consumer habits, battling declining markets, capitalising on emerging territories, new technologies, digitalisation – these are all areas where the lubricants industry has adapted and emerged stronger. The ability to see opportunity in meeting these challenges is something its industry professionals should be proud of. It also offers professionals a great career opportunity with new skills and talents now required to meet the future demands of the sector.

People - the cure to the pandemic? Before the pandemic, lubricants organisations were struggling to attract, recruit and retain people with the skills needed to help them succeed. If you are going to navigate a crisis you need your “A” team around you. Your skilled team are where you find your creative ideas, operational efficiency, leadership, strategy development, implementation, sales, supply chain management, growth; problem solving and improvements always comes back to having the right quality of people in the right role engaged in your business.

Navigating a successful job search in COVID-19 It follows that because people are central to the wellbeing of the lubricants industry, there continues to be a demand for skilled professionals. When you set your sights on the career you want, how do you direct this focus to get your dream job?


It all starts with the right mindset. Keep positive. A job search can be challenging. A positive mindset matched to discipline and consistent effort in skill development, adding value, networking and improving your knowledge will achieve success.


Skill Up Take on additional responsibilities to gain the skills experience required for your future career aims. This may not be paid, it may mean working during your own time, it may even cost you money for qualifications, but an investment of time and effort is worth making if it gets you to where you need to be.

Add value You must demonstrate how you add value to your audience and make them aware of how they benefit from dealing with you. It is hard to turn down someone if they are proven to solve a problem, provide growth and can help.

Build your network Professional networks and connections are still the cornerstone to advancing your career. Use your business dealings, trade association events, virtual conferences, social media platforms to grow your professional network. Connect with people from companies you admire, and foster existing relationships. By broadening your network you are able to carve out a career opportunity or find out about job information that is not publicly available so you get an exclusive opportunity before it goes to the open market.

Lifelong learning for success

For success in the post-COVID-19 workplace, adaptability, flexibility, and a commitment to lifelong learning is vital. Don’t neglect this time. Take it as an opportunity to develop your skills, learn, and make the most of the circumstances.


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