Ask Heidi: 'I've been furloughed due to Covid-19. What does this mean for my career?'


In this month’s real-life advice column, recruitment and careers specialist Heidi Bannister helps one reader put their mind at ease in unprecedented times

Q: Due to the impact of coronavirus, the company I work for has put me on furlough.

My employer has expressed that it fully intends to bring me back on board, however, I am worried about the consequences of being out of work – and the workplace loop – for months. I also feel unsure what the future holds, despite my employer's best intentions.

I keep hearing different things about when and how the crisis will end. What can I do now to help me worry less about my future work situation?

A: We’re all living through unprecedented times and while no one can predict the future it is widely expected that there will be a major shift in the jobs market at the end of the Covid-19 crisis.

Sadly, some companies will not survive, and others will have to drastically rethink their structure. It’s also expected that people will move jobs once they can, so new opportunities will open up.

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