There are certain things I’ve learnt about myself during this period. I’m definitely more resilient and adaptable than I initially thought. I’ve learnt how to cope with changes in a rapidly shifting environment and can do this with an open mind.
Working remotely has brought about very flexible and sometimes unorthodox working hours for many people and often I’ve found schedules don’t always align. Speaking as a grad, when something needs to be done and you’re completely lost it’s easy to feel a creeping sense of helplessness.
But being in a corner has enabled me to become innovative and resourceful and find solutions to problems by thinking outside of the box. The skills I’ve learnt will not only help me now but in my next rotation and overall in my career.
Although I have an inherent optimistic attitude, I know for certain now I’ll embrace these changes and uncertainties with an open mind.
Perspective is key
There can be a mountain of stress built by the pressure to perform and do well and COVID has only exacerbated this. Perspective however is key.
Thriving outside your comfort zone will allow you to become resilient and adaptable and will essentially provide a set of skills to help you succeed in the future.
Don’t dwell on things outside of your control, but rather focus on what you can control - which is you! Work hard, persevere, chase your dreams and remember there is silver lining in almost everything … you just have to be willing to look for it.
Joumana Ghazzaoui is Graduate, Australia Retail & Commercial at ANZ