Once the economy take a downturn, people start thinking about recession-proof jobs. The jobs hit hardest during a recession are always in retail, leisure and travel. As a result, stores begin to close, less money is being spent on entertainment and people are less likely to splurge on luxury items or to go abroad on vacation. While it is a stretch to call some jobs “recession-proof”, certain jobs are essential to society’s well-functioning and will continue operating in spite of recession. There are the obvious ones: we’ll always need doctors and nurses for example.
As businesses struggle to make profits, they end up cutting costs by outsourcing abroad and through automation in jobs like accounting, customer service, marketing, cyber security, and compliance. On a brighter note, the technology industry often booms during a crisis. Just take a look at the stock price of Zoom, as more and more people turn to video conferencing. That same technology has made it even easier to learn a new skill quickly.
Which jobs are the quickest to learn?
There are plenty of ways to get a certificate in a new profession relatively quickly. For quite a few roles, you can get qualified in as little as three months. Here are the top three industries during a recession:
Insurance and medical administration: We know that doctors and nurses will always be essential. But administrative support is always essential to make sure the paperwork is in order. You can get a certification to become a medical billing specialist in three months.
Programmers and web developers: Companies will need to update their websites, release new services and products to keep their competitive edge. These tasks all need coding, whether it’s e-commerce or internal process streamlining. Enrolling in an online or offline bootcamp, you can learn pretty much any coding language in 14 weeks.
Engineers and technicians: From people who maintain wind turbines to making sure that your heating, ventilation or air-conditioning is working, these roles are basic necessities. Becoming a HVAC technician only takes a few months to learn how to put in the systems and fix them.
Programming doesn’t even need a qualification
While most professions need a certificate or a degree, developers don’t need a piece of paper to prove they can code. This means that a programming career is much more suited for people who want to teach themselves online or just can’t afford heavy tuitions fees. Breaking into development is as simple as choosing a language, learning it, practicing and building a portfolio to show potential employers.
Use a bootcamp to get trained fast
Instead of getting involved in a years-long college degree, a bootcamp is an intensive period where you learn a specific skill. This is the term to search for, regardless of the industry you’re hoping to break into. Because they’re focused on a single career, they also usually offer help to their students afterwards. That means you’re much more likely to break into the industry afterwards, and land your first job. Once you have that first role on your CV, you’ll be sorted in no time.
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