By MERI R. KENNEDY It's clear that the entire world has had to adjust, in one way or another, due to COVID-19. Beyond safe health practices that have become part of our daily routine, the economic repercussions of COVID-19 continue to be far-reaching and
It’s clear that the entire world has had to adjust, in one way or another, due to COVID-19.
Beyond safe health practices that have become part of our daily routine, the economic repercussions of COVID-19 continue to be far-reaching and are still unknown. As the pandemic lingers and unemployment numbers rise, many professionals and business owners are reconsidering their positions, and what job security looks like for them. For some, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel however. For those whose industries are on the decline, however, change may be eminent.
Cranston resident Pat Paolino Cruz is one of those professionals whose business and industry had come to a standstill.
An event producer and marketing specialist for over 20 years, her events – including Taste of Rhode Island, Empower Women’s Expo, Rhode Island Health and Wellness Fair and monthly networking events – typically welcomed between 100 and 3,000 attendees. The events were based on connecting local businesses with consumers face-to-face. But when COVID-19 hit, followed by a state-mandated shutdown, Cruz’s event business had to be put on hold.
“It was time to think about what’s next,” Cruz said. “Sadly, as the pandemic continued, it became clear our events would be postponed until at least the remainder of the year. The downtime presented itself as a time to reflect and as a perfect opportunity to get re-certified as a licensed real estate agent – something I had done through my 20s.”
She added: “It’s precisely the right fit for me to utilize my network, marketing skills and social media presence to assist sellers, buyers and investors with their real estate needs. It’s like my career has come full circle and brought me back to the point of beginning. It’s exciting and I’m ready to build a fabulous team to work with. I’ve found a positive in this pandemic and a career shift I couldn’t be happier with.”
Cruz has affiliated herself with Williams & Stuart Real Estate, which has offices in Cranston, Warwick, Pawtuxet Village, Narragansett and Newport.
As the pandemic continues to present challenges to the workforce, it has also provided unique opportunities for those who want to adjust their career either by choice or necessity.
For some, simple arrangements such as working from home have become a great option. But if you;re someone who is looking to make a job or career change, keep these tips in mind.
Pat Paolino Cruz can be reached at PatCruz@WilliamsAndStuart.com.