Maybe you’ve heard about Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's $774 million economic relief plan, but if you’re like me, you thought it would only benefit you abstractly rather than directly, especially if you’ve been forced to pivot in your career.

During the pandemic, there’s been an abundant amount of time for reflection. We can take a step back and see that working from home is not only possible but extremely beneficial for employers and employees. With this new direction comes its own list of necessities, the main priority being the internet.

Of the millions of dollars allocated to the relief plan, $9.2 million will be specifically used for the expansion of internet access programs for job seekers.

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) is expanding internet accessibility in areas hard-hit economically by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will run through June 30, with the state covering the cost of subsidies for internet service and devices on behalf of job seekers.

Job seekers must be in the MassHire system to take advantage of the Mass. Internet Connect program. And don't worry if you don't already have your own computer; HiQ Computers is distributing Chromebooks to people that do not have access to a device at home to conduct a job search. If your job search has stalled due to connectivity, then this opportunity is for you.

Good luck, happy job hunting, and hopefully this program can benefit you and bring you a more prosperous 2021.

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