Welcome to TecHKnow and also welcome back to a new academic year!
There is a phrase which, I must be honest with you, I absolutely hate hearing or saying. The phrase is “in these unprecedented times”. When the news is all doom and gloom—as it has been since the outbreak of the coronavirus— it’s hard for even the most optimistic among us to stay positive.
I will simply say welcome back to what will undoubtedly be an extremely interesting, challenging and hopefully a pleasant academic year. The year ahead will be interesting simply because we have never been in this situation before. It is difficult to rely on past experiences to guide us on how we move forward in the future. It will be challenging because we will have to plan, think and do things differently than what we have done in previous year. Finally, it will be pleasant, simply because we will look back and take pride in what we have achieved and then be in a more positive state of mind to march forward with determination and hope.
If I can offer some helpful advice, it would be to be proactive. In other words, controlling a situation rather than just responding to it after it has happened. Be mindful of what is happening around you. That means an awareness of what is happening or being felt right now without attempting to change it. There are simply some things in life that you cannot change. Finally, develop a coping strategy. Ask for support from a colleague or a friend. Create a to-do list and stick to it and lastly be a problem solver rather than be part of the problem.
There are many fantastic sources of help and advice available to you across the internet. In addition to TecHKnow, there are several excellent Facebook professional groups and indeed let us not forget Scitech-l and finally CLEAPSS. All of these resources exist to help and advise you at all points in your professional Technician life. If you experience any difficulties, or need advice then there are many experienced professionals who are only too willing to offer both a sympathetic ear and also give you the best of their professional advice and experience. We here on TecHKnow look forward to doing just that during 2020