The Covid-19 pandemic has forced companies to allow the workforce to operate from home. Many states are only allowing movement for necessary travel, avoiding large gatherings and canceling public events, this has led to a new debate – of how prepared India Inc is to face the situation. With more people working from home, companies delaying their launches and deferring immediate hiring plans, this gives an opportunity to those, who wants to upskill. People utilizing their commute time in learning new skills to be ahead in these difficult times and if there will be any jobs cuts, they do not want to get affected. Online career companies are jumping to make the most of the situation, offering more industry-ready courses during these times. Online career marketplace – Shine Learning.com has seen surge by XX% for online course takers. These professionals are upskilling themselves in new age courses like Data Science, Blockchain, Machine Learning, which requires deep understanding and great involvement. By saving time on office commute, the professionals are utilizing the opportunity to master themselves and ready for future job roles.

Mr. Zairus Master, CEO,Shine.com: “This is an opportune time for people to upskill themselves as they have more time and fewer entertainment options, I expect more people will eventually start signing up for online professional courses. This should give a boost to the online education and training sector. With remote working becoming the norm, it is likely that we will see more demand for specific talent in this field whether it is IT professionals to develop software and apps for remote working or customer support executives to guide people on how to use them”

“There will be some sectors that are likely to witness an uptick in hiring due to COVID-19. Healthcare, of course, will lead but as people are staying indoors, e-commerce and online delivery portals should also see a gradual increase in demand. This is also an opportune time for people to upskill themselves as they have more time and fewer entertainment options, I expect more people will eventually start signing up for online professional courses. This should give a boost to the online education and training sector. With remote working becoming the norm, it is likely that we will see more demand for specific talent in this field whether it is IT professionals to develop software and apps for remote working or customer support executives to guide people on how to use them. Tourism will, of course, be affected in the short run but as we have seen in the past also, aviation and tourism has bounced back quickly and hiring resumed.”

Ms. Neha Bagaria – Founder & CEO – JobsforHer: “We are witnessing a higher footfall of women candidates registering and applying for jobs on our platform. The hiring and onboarding processes are continuing as-planned during this work-from-home period, the only difference is that it’s being done virtually instead of physically with our clients who are continuing interviewing via video conferencing tools in order to achieve their hiring goals. Major of the hiring is happening in the IT sector during this season.”

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