Technology professionals, including telecommunication agents, around the country are being directly or indirectly affected by the federal government shutdown. Some work directly for the federal government and face prolonged times without income. A few are still working but only to keep the lights on. Contractors find themselves without work and without pay in the mean time. Agents find their contacts are often out of the office indefinitely and their contracts may be on hold.
If you are getting frustrated with everything, focusing on other things can help. This shutdown will not last forever, but doing something positive will make the time go faster. What can you do if you are caught up in this shutdown?
- If you are not getting a paycheck, look for part-time work that does not conflict with your employment or contract. Bringing money in is always a concern when finances get tight. As long as it doesn’t create a legal issue, finding a short-term job is a great way to bring in money, sharpen your skills, and keep yourself busy.
- Think about getting more training or education. Expanding your skill-set will pay off in the long run, no matter when you get back to work. Find a class that you can take online or at a local campus. It adds to your resume and gets you back into touch with your technical skills.
- Catch up on some webinars or technology articles while you are waiting to go back to work. Online resources go beyond education for the technology professional. You can gain insights that you might not have considered about topics you deal with every day. That always helps with your job– now and in the future.
- Start writing. You can start working on the book you have always had at the back of your mind. You can get together that journal article you have been wanting to do. You can start posting to industry blogs to get your name out there. All of this can help your long-term goals while helping you get through the shutdown.
When you start doing something– instead of waiting around– getting through the government shutdown will be easier for everyone. Most of all, be considerate of those who are facing difficulties. A bit of empathy will go a long way.