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Employment Opportunities during Covid-19

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many industries are going under. But some are actually coming out of this crisis stronger than before. If you are currently looking for a job, these business sectors may have employment opportunities for you.

Job seekers are having a tough time finding employment during the COVID-19 lockdown, due to the lack of positions available. Many industries have cut down on their workforce while some have frozen new hiring. Unfortunately, some businesses have had to close completely. However, some industries have benefited from the crisis. Employers are hiring new talent, exploring new opportunities, and planning for rapid growth. This article identifies 3 such industries and explores relevant job prospects.

Online Training & Education

Online education has grown thanks to the COVID-19 lockdown. Many schools and colleges are conducting online classes. E-learning apps like Vedantu, Byjus, WhiteHatJr and Toppr offer great learning tools and are backing it up with attractive discounts and freebies. They are also hiring to keep up with the demand. And it is not just for subject teachers. Keeping an online learning app or service requires software engineers, sales people, marketing experts and technical support teams to name just a few. To get an idea of how much these roles pay, we've collected and analysed the major roles offered at 4 leading companies: Vedantu, Byjus, Toppr, and WhiteHatJr. It is important to keep in mind these roles require a degree from an education institution.

Graph showing annual salaries for online education jobs in India

Courier Pick Up and Delivery Services

Courier pick up and delivery services are vital to ensure that essential goods are delivered during the COVID-19 lockdown in India. Even with travel restrictions in place, these services operate to cover every major city. In fact, this field saw a few new entrants who jumped in to capitalize on this demand. For instance, Swiggy which is a food delivery service, launched Swiggy Go for parcel delivery.

Average Annual Salary in INR

Table showing annual salaries for delivery jobs in India

As lockdown restrictions ease around India, companies like Dunzo, Swiggy Go, Jhutput, Meratask, and Jugnoo are ramping up to cater to this “new normal”. They will be hiring to support the demand and this is an opportunity for job seekers from multiple fields.

Medical Equipment Manufacturing and Pharmaceutical Companies

When the COVID-19 lockdown started, India was actually experiencing a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators for patients. However, thanks to a push from the government to fulfill the demand, many companies ramped up their production and now the government has even allowed the export of these items in limited quantities. In addition to this equipment, India recently exported 50 million hydroxychloroquine tablets to the United States. The pharmaceutical sector in India is also looking to boost production to deal with the increased demand to deal with the corona virus situation. All this means that medical equipment and pharmaceuticals firms are likely to hire in the near future. They will require qualified people to fill vital roles, which is an opportunity for job seekers with relevant qualifications.

Average Annual Salary in INR

Table showing annual salaries for medical jobs in India

Other Ways to Gain Experience

The companies and roles above are all great and can be helpful; however, there are other options and routes to choose from as well. Udemy, Linkedin learning, Hubspot academy and other such platforms are offering courses to add to your skillset. Some of these platforms are giving out steep discounts and even free courses to attract more customers. Additionally you can try freelancing on the side to build relevant experience on platforms like Upwork, Freelancer and Fiverr. Also, by applying to top credit cards, you can make some major savings on online payments for these courses.

Sahmi Chowdhury

Sahmi is a Junior Research Analyst specialising in credit cards and insurance in India. He previously worked in the financial services sector at Brown Brothers Harriman and True Capital Management.