COVID 19 Pandemic: Opportunities amidst Crisis

Princy Lukose

Lead Strategist – Learning

Evolvers Placement Solutions


The unprecedented period of time created by COVID-19 pandemic has made a tectonic shift in the lives of people and society. Several upshots have been observed in primary, secondary and tertiary sectors of the economy. A paradigm shift has been made in the education sector that affects students of every sections of the society. Such tougher situation needs to be tackled with befitting choices and decisions.

Remarkable Isolations in the Retrospect

The series of plague during the 17th century lead to a complete halt in the United Kingdom; the theatres and other drama centre works were shutdown. This isolation enforced by the nature made William Shakespeare write the epic plays like Othello, King Liar, Macbeth and the Tempest.

The magnum opus of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru- Glimpses of World History- was written during the period of 1930-1933 when he was in the isolation of his prisoner’s life as a part of the civil disobedience movement. Similarly, The Discovery of India was penned during 1940’s when he was prisoned for the Quit India movement struggle.

These two historic evidences from 17th and 20th centuries show that how people can make most of their time even if it is a quarantine period. Opportunities are everywhere, we just need to make the most productive use of our circumstances.

Lockdown Period and Life of a Civil Services Aspirant

Keeping aside the worries and tensions regarding exponentially increasing corona virus infected cases, the lock down period has been a boon for people preparing for various competitive exams. Since the exams have been postponed aspirants have got an opportunity to sharpen their preparations. Now we have more free time that we used to set aside for several family functions, hanging out with friends, picnics and so on. This time can be used productively for revisions or for even learning new things which definitely creates a value addition to our career and life. The digital learning platforms and availability of study materials has made preparations easier.

Nevertheless, there are issues that come along with the perks of lockdown in a student’s life. Technological inequality affects the marginalized and underprivileged sections of our society. With no access to internet facilities, aspirants find it difficult to give more inputs into their preparations. If the exams are postponed further or cancelled there is an apprehension that aspirants may lose their chance, especially if this is their final shot.

The French philosopher Jean-Paul Satre once said, “If you are lonely when you are alone, you are in bad company”. Challenges are the opportunity to grow, adapt and innovate. We just need to understand the potential hidden in challenges, in this case isolation/loneliness, and exploit it to maximize the benefits out if it.

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