In a time where the message to most folks seems to be to ‘stay at home’ to keep people safe, I am allowed more bodies in my classroom than could view my covid-ridden corpse at my own funeral. Our collective school tolerance for coughing has moved to DEFCON-4: any kid so much as clears their throat, our blue-suited management team rush in like the secret service to spirit the kids away to one of our two lovely Covid-19 dungeons (yes, we really do have those).
We’ve entered a ludicrously high state of twitchy, leg-jiggling nervous readiness. It’s like living through…
“Sometimes I still feel like all of this is just a dream, that at some point it will all crumble and break apart, you know?”
It was the beginning of February this year; I was in Cape Town. The person I was speaking to was my colleague and manager, Fabian.
The company we both worked at, Mapify, had been a massive game-changer in my life. …
In March 2020, I received a call from my managers at Barnes & Noble, informing me that I was officially put on furlough. What we thought was simply a scare became a reality as the bookstore was forced to close for the good of public safety.
Just like that, I was quarantined for the next four months. Until one day in July, I received a phone call from B&N asking me to come back to work. The store had reopened in June after Gov. Gavin Newsom gave bookstores and other retail businesses the green light to open for in-store browsing.
As a dentist with over 8 years of experience working everywhere from the National Health Service, hospitals, various private practices, and most recently, in community dentistry — I thought I’d seen it all.
Then, I suddenly became a dentist working in a global pandemic.
Melbourne, Australia, has had some of the world’s toughest restrictions imposed upon its residents and its fair share of political drama circulating the Coronavirus pandemic. Dentistry was considered one of the highest risk occupations for contracting and spreading the virus.
Despite many referring to Dentistry as a “recession-proof” career, the COVID-19 pandemic has proved this to…
Let me paint a scene for you. I am a full-time writer, vlogger, and online course creator. I basically sit at home and stare at my laptop all day.
As the world shuttered its doors, closed non-essential businesses, and told everyone to stay inside, I felt indifferent about the impact the pandemic had on my work.
Sometimes I sit here at my desk and write. Sometimes I open my laptop and write on my couch. Sometimes I go upstairs, lay down in my bed, prop my laptop up with my knees, and write.
Must I go on?
The point is…
Somehow I did it.
Against all the odds, I managed to land a job in a big multinational company, in my field of study, straight after I graduated. I have a ‘stable’ job in one of the most unstable periods in recent human history.
Starting your career right now, like doing almost anything in 2020, is weird.
My commute is waking up and moving from my bed to my desk in my shared rental flat. Zoom, Teams and Outlook are all that I’ve known since day one. …