What effect has the pandemic had on the careers of millions of workers? We have all been affected in one way or another by the huge changes this episode has created, be it on a personal level and/or professional level. As the economy readjusts, what is the trickle down effect and how can we move on? An excellent piece of research has just been published by one of our trusted sources and we are delighted to be able to share the findings with you.

Dr. William E. Donald is a Research Scholar, Organisational Behaviour and HR Management, Ronin Institute, USA and a Visiting Academic, Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, UK. His paper articulates the author’s viewpoint on COVID-19 and the future of careers by addressing three aims.

(1) To understand how the response to COVID-19 might affect the future careers of individuals.
(2) To explore how the response to COVID-19 might affect the future of organisations.
(3) To ascertain how the response to COVID-19 might affect national governments.

This paper advances the field of career theory via the application of a career ecosystem framework to highlight the interconnected and interdependent nature of individuals, organisations, and national governments. Further theoretical contribution emanates from the construction of a COVID-19 Future Careers (CFC) Model, and opportunities for future empirical research. The practical contribution comes through offering individuals, organisations, and national governments insight into how the response to the COVID-19 pandemic might affect them in the post-COVID-19 economy, thus providing an opportunity for these actors to prepare, adapt, mitigate, and benefit from such scenarios.

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