Dinesh Divekar
Business Mentor, Consultant And Trainer
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Dear all, this is very challenging situation everyone of us. Many among us have lost our jobs due to this Covid-19 pandemic. Losing our jobs also made us anxious for our future needs and also for survival. In this situation how are we going to feel competent within us and also derive motivation to survive in this new normal. Can anyone help me by finding consultancy which practices Competency Mapping, so that i can evaluate myself that whether i am competent enough for the work i do.
From India, Kolkata
Dear Pooja,
Yes, in current pandemic a lot of persons have lost their jobs, however, the competence of a person remains as it is. It does not decline with the loss of the job. 
Secondly, I recommend you identify the competence on your own. What kind of job did you do? In what activities did you excel? If you know this answer, then you do not require any external certification.
Yes, personal competency mapping is important, nevertheless, to expect that the certificate issued by the agency that does competency mapping could be a myth. There is no guarantee that you will get a certificate.
Against this backdrop, I recommend you make a career plan for yourself. Identify your strengths and weaknesses. Identify in which field you can have the opportunities in the future. This will set the direction for personal development.
If you are out of a job then I recommend you read the books related to your field. Brush up your knowledge. Related the theory with past experiences and find out what something better could have been done.
All the best!
Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore
I may add,
It's a period, wide spread job loss across many sectors is being reported every day. No one knows what the future will tell us and when. Is't possible for anybody to predict the time frame and in what measure?. As suggested by Mr.Dinesh it's your turn once again to assess yourself, a self-assessment whether you can meet the present requirements. Many MNCs have asked their employees who can be facilitated, to continue WFH which trend poised to stay longer than expected. Some have already tentatively indicated how long this can work but leaving the far end still open. Talents are pushed into the crossroads. Whereas many have either already vacated their office spaces whosoever are well placed and adjusted themselves to WFH environment or moved to smaller accommodation aimed at saving costs. Real estate tycoons have geared up selling their assets. On the other hand, WHO revised their prediction that the situation would ease sooner than expected as the vaccinations now in advanced testing stages likely to hit markets either later this year or early next year. So one can reasonably expect new year 2021 to regain normalcy anytime next year. Going by this promise/trend, in the interim, you have to think over and concentrate on opportunities that can be gainfully utilised atleast for the next 6 months or so and how you can manage your finances. Iam not in a position either to elaborate on your capabilities or what opportunities are forthcoming. You'll know from your introspection. Keep track of trends that can serve in short term with an eye on longterm career opportunities. A competent person as you are never go wanting in any sphere. All the best.

From India, Bangalore
Hello Pooja,

Recently I was reading an article on 'gig economy' which I'm sure more or less matching to the job market presently seen in the country. With more and more rendered jobless whilst units resuming their operations with a view to achieve normalcy, the conditions akin to 'gig economy' seen it's prevalent in India. Especially in a situation that some units suffer having lost key personnel during lockdown for some reasons like non-payment of idle time salaries repositioning or refill the vacancies when resumed became a big challenge for such units. Gig economy more or loss is the answer to some of their/your problems atleast as a short term. Here I share the excerpts from the article for your information -

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"Leadership and executive pay

Employers across all sectors are already having to take difficult decisions relating to the future of their workforces and their salaries – and tech sector organisations are no exception. Whilst the impact is being felt across the wider workforce, attention is being focused at executive pay and how individuals leading organisations are being impacted financially by the crisis.

Impact on the gig economy

The status of employees, workers and independent contractors in the gig economy remains an ongoing issue across many jurisdictions, as courts and tribunals continue to grapple with the application of their existing legal frameworks. The crisis has intensified the call for gig economy workers to be provided with the same or equivalent safeguards and protections afforded to employees and other workers, including those relating to health and safety, as well as basic employment rights such as sick leave. Throughout 2020 and beyond, we continue to expect further developments, consultations and potential legislative reform – potentially posing some of the most significant changes to employment laws for some jurisdictions in recent times.

Impact for the tech sector

For many businesses, the pandemic has accelerated the adjustment to new ways of working and forced many companies to stress test their agile and remote working arrangements. Broadly, the tech sector has responded well to these changes, but those that were previously sceptical of such ways of working may have a harder time explaining why employees have to be present in the workplace when they can work remotely or flexibly.

New opportunities have also arisen for food delivery platforms, e-commerce sites, and those developing apps and new tech to assist jurisdictions with managing the pandemic. Crises also provide employers with an opportunity in terms of workplace culture, and how employers have reacted to the evolving pandemic and supported their workforces will impact their workplace culture in the long-term.

In this new and complex world of work, maintaining effective communication, driving resilience and adaptability, as well as sustaining employee engagement and trust, has become the ultimate test, and differentiator, of today's leadership. -

Laure de Panafieu Asia Head of Employment and Incentives, Partner, Singapore"

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From India, Bangalore
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