03 Surprising Jobs You Can Do From Home During This Coronavirus Period
Many people had to suddenly switch over to home work during the coronavirus outbreak due to the lockout conditions. Dougal Shaw spoke to three people in jobs where face-to-face contact is generally considered essential, but who found remote work to be surprisingly successful.
It is a job that requires impeccable confidence, intimacy and listening skills - but should it be done face to face?
Shermeena Rabbi, 39, is a speech-language pathologist and a businesswoman who lives in Essex. She leads a team of 25 therapists who work with people with communication problems. Many of his clients are families with children with autism, Down's syndrome or people with cerebral palsy.
Normally, the team works in clinics and schools in London, but since the lockdown, they had to do things remotely. The therapist makes a video call from his home to the client's home. They call it teletherapy.
“Because our work, especially with children, can be so personal, face-to-face, play-based and tactile, we asked ourselves,“ How is this going to work? We were originally reluctant, "admits Shermeena.
Therapy sessions with children involve working on pronunciation, often by interacting with toys, symbols and books. Therapists also tackle broader issues, such as focusing attention, she explains.
As the therapists cannot do the physical aspects of the therapy online, they had to delegate this to the parents, who would not always have been present at the sessions.
However, it turned out to be something surprisingly stimulating and beneficial, says Shermeena.
She is impressed with the effectiveness of online therapy sessions. "For younger patients, the digital screen is part of normal life," she says.
It is also nice to see the patients in their family environment and it reduces travel costs for everyone, she adds.
Speech-language pathologists use applications such as WhatsApp, Google Meet and FaceTime.
They follow professional guidelines for telehealth, a checklist that guarantees things like good microphone quality and the ability to see the patient's face clearly, including lips and mouth.
The team meets every day at 14:30 p.m. for their own “fancy cup” video call, when they discuss and share their knowledge.
The consensus is that they will continue to offer this alternative service even when the foreclosure is eased, and they will reduce their physical premises.
Anna Wood, 40, runs her own wedding dress store in the village of Long Buckby, Northamptonshire.
She had previously run several online businesses, but always dreamed of having her own business premises. She took a break from work to get married - and it turned out to be her epiphany moment.
"I never really had the experience I wanted as a bride when I visited the shops, so I saw a gap in the market," she recalls.
She wanted to specialize in brides who "feel overwhelmed by the process and need a helping hand along the way," she says.
She liked its chosen location - on the first floor above a bakery on High Street - because her future brides would feel like they were visiting somewhere for a special date, but wouldn't have to worry about the passers-by. looking through the window.
Her boutique opened in October 2018 and served nearly 100 brides before the coronavirus struck.
Although Anna loves the space, the lockdown has caused her to question things, and she now plans to phase out the physical store after the lease expires.
She says working with remote brides during foreclosure has been "weird getting used to", but in the end it makes sense for her business, not just by cutting costs on things like rent , commercial rates and utility bills.
She can discuss potential dresses with clients via video call, send them photos, and then arrange fittings in designer stores or at the bride's house (depending on lock rules).
And the lockdown allowed her to focus on the part of the business she found most rewarding anyway - what she calls coaching the bride. "Not all wives get married in a really happy place, some are quite anxious and have self-confidence issues," says Anna.
She usually gave her pep talk in a separate part of the store - but found that this intimate part of the service could work surprisingly well online, on video calls.
People in the bridal industry have long recognized that purchases migrate online, but thought they would be immune because it is a specialized and personalized service, says Anna.
But locking out allows people to realize that you can also get satisfying personalized service online.
The new generation of brides in their twenties and early thirties in particular have grown up as a digital native and are more than ready for this transition, she thinks.
Annabel Sheen, 30, joined the Imperial War Museum in London in April. The museum was closed to the public due to a coronavirus.
Normally, the building would have been at the center of its daily routine. Its role is to give life to the collections - its specialty is the realization of digital exhibitions.
"I have yet to meet any of my colleagues in person, I have not even received my personal pass," she said.
Working in a museum is getting to know the physical space, the exhibits and the curators, so locking in was a big challenge.
"Almost everything I work on is new content that was not part of our team's plan a few months ago," she adds.
For example, she realized this video - rightly, at a time of calls to Zoom - on British troops in the Far East sending recorded video messages to their relatives in 1945.
Access to the archive video was not a problem, but interviewing the curator to add her expertise to the editing meant devising new working methods.
"We have to question the curators via [video platforms like] teams and ask them to record themselves on their smartphones rather than using a camera and appropriate audio equipment as we usually would," she said.
Although some songs had to be rejected in the edition, Annabel was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the work she was able to produce.
The public lectures that would have taken place in the museum have also migrated online, and it should also help their live broadcast.
She is looking forward to finally meeting her team in person when the lock is released and the museum opens.
“Right now,” she says, “I'm just a pair of initials at the bottom of the screen during a big meeting. "
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