Dr. William E. Donald is a Research Scholar, Organisational Behaviour and HR Management, Ronin Institute, USA and a Visiting Academic, Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, UK. His paper articulates the author’s viewpoint on COVID-19 and the future of careers by addressing three aims.
(1) To understand how the response to COVID-19 might affect the future careers of individuals.
(2) To explore how the response to COVID-19 might affect the future of organisations.
(3) To ascertain how the response to COVID-19 might affect national governments.
This paper advances the field of career theory via the application of a career ecosystem framework to highlight the interconnected and interdependent nature of individuals, organisations, and national governments. Further theoretical contribution emanates from the construction of a COVID-19 Future Careers (CFC) Model, and opportunities for future empirical research. The practical contribution comes through offering individuals, organisations, and national governments insight into how the response to the COVID-19 pandemic might affect them in the post-COVID-19 economy, thus providing an opportunity for these actors to prepare, adapt, mitigate, and benefit from such scenarios.