The global pandemic has affected everyone to the extent that we have had to change our lifestyles due to the situation. It was quite difficult for me to adjust to this situation. However, the fact that I enjoy overcoming the challenges helped me overcome the lifestyle.
When the government announced the lockdown all the VICSEG staff had to abruptly shift to working from home. In the beginning, I never thought I’d work remotely, and I liked being in the office. But over time, I learned that I could be more productive and focused. I can get more done in a shorter amount of time at home than in the office, despite the limitations.
Many peoples’ lives have been affected by COVID and despite this, the online classes that started were a silver lining during this difficult time.
Initially it was challenging for most of our students as they had difficulties adapting to the new technology, and also, their kids were doing online classes at home. Even though parents had more time for their kids, the pressure to juggle multiple roles was stressful, and sometimes they were unable to concentrate on their course as much as they did earlier. In addition, some of the students had lost their jobs and finding financial difficulties. Therefore, it was a considerable challenge for me to deal with students.
I was trying to understand the students, frustration during the pandemic period and changing how I should approach students. When I contacted students, I tried to ensure New Futures Training was always with our students when they needed it. If our students had found any difficulties, I reported to my manager Bandana & Sim for future support.
I was eager to make the most of the time given to us by the lockdown. I started to take few courses online regarding Microsoft Excel. It has improved efficiency and productivity of my work. Apart from that, I feel I could face the challenges of working remotely as efficiently as possible and working under pressure.
The first thing I am looking forward to doing when we have everyone in our office is joining the VICESG Lullaby Choir and seeing lovely faces without face masks.
When the international border opens, I am looking forward to visiting Sri Lanka to see my parents and my two brothers. I badly miss my Mom because after I got married, I left Sri Lanka, and I promised my Mom I would come and see her every year. However, in 2019 December, we couldn’t go because of the VISA issue. Since then, I’ve been unable to visit my parents.
So, I am hoping to travel upcountry with my family and enjoy my holiday with them.
I hope this pandemic will be over soon and everything could be normal again. But, for now, the best thing that we could do is to stay at home and stay healthy. Stay safe all!
Sachhini – Student Administrator Officer