As the CEO of a non-profit organization, I am often asked what skills young people will need as they head off to college or into the workforce. If this pandemic and quarantine have taught me anything, it is that the best skill anyone can develop is being adaptable.

When I was a student, teachers, administrators and parents spent a lot of time trying to help guide the soon to be graduates to careers that would fit their talents and life goals, all while providing the necessary pay to cover life’s expenses. Many families even researched which careers were sure to see growth in the future. It’s amazing that in a few short months, the workforce has shifted its way of carrying out business. Certain jobs are now “essential.” Employees in various stages of their career have had to learn new technology and ways of working and have adapted to the times and circumstance in which we live.

Even youth-serving organizations have completely changed their work. For the present time, Girl Scouts has gone completely virtual, offering online troop meetings, badge workshops, and learning experiences. Restaurants and small business owners have adapted their operations to offer curb-side service. Farm markets, always one of my favorite places to shop, are now carrying hand sanitizers and other essential cleaning supplies.

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At the end of the day, almost every career and job has been affected in some way within the past three months.  Besides the pandemic and its impact, most people and businesses need to adapt and change with the current landscape of the world.

Anyone recent to the workforce or a member for years and decades, needs to keep learning new skills, adapt to trends emerging from your field of work, and keep up with ever-changing technology.

Most of all, attitude is everything. If you can survive, and even thrive, during adverse conditions, you are likely to be extremely successful in the future and no matter what your career, you will be a valued and essential worker.