What Now? Planning for the Unknown of Summer

The last three to four months have impacted us all in very different ways. Many people have lost their job. Some, like me, are stuck at home working from a laptop at a small desk in my bedroom because my office is shut down. Others are working more and harder now than ever before, especially those of you in healthcare! One way this experience is affecting us all equally is in our ability to predict/plan for the future.

The reality is we really don’t know, and there’s no real way to know because of the unpredictability of COVID-19. That being said, here are a few questions you should answer to plan for the unknown.

When do you need to have that next check?

Chances are good that you know when your current contract ends or when your last day is. Knowing when you’ll need to have the next check after that will help you determine how long you can hold out for your dream contract.

What does your Plan B look like?

Everyone has a dream location, shift, and pay package. But what if that doesn’t come available before you need that next check? Be honest with yourself and determine how far you’re willing to bend on those wants and desires.

I recommend making a list and ranking your wants. Is location, shift, or pay most important? Once you determine that order, start with three alternative options for each. For example regarding location, Hawaii is your top destination, but would you consider the sandy beaches of California or Florida? What about Georgia or Texas?

Having a real Plan B, C, or even D can go a long way toward keeping you from missing that paycheck date.

Am I working with the right agency/recruiter?

There’s no one agency or recruiter right for every traveler, but make sure you feel confident in who you work with. It’s important you’re able to count on their communication and trust they have your best interest in mind.

Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare you, you are preparing to fail.” We may not know what the future holds, but planning for the unknown and knowing the answers to these questions will be a tremendous help as you start or continue your travel adventures.

BJ Layher is a Social Media Recruiter for the Cardiopulmonary division at Aureus Medical Group.

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