Graduate opportunities

Careers during Covid-19

It might be obvious that the news surrounding the current job market hasn’t been entirely positive, especially for the prospects for the class of 2020. Even with the current uncertainty, it’s important to remember that support is still available.

Although there is a lot of negativity across the media at the moment, it’s there are some positives. While some employers have taken steps during the crisis which affect soon-to-be graduates, it’s not something which has been a blanket across all graduate opportunities. Like the rest of us, a lot of employers are waiting to see what happens with government guidelines and don’t want to make a premature decision. 

However, before we look at the support available, there’s something we need to acknowledge. For a lot of students, there’s a lot of pressure thinking about what’s next. And the pandemic has created an atmosphere of uncertainty which isn’t fair. And it’s okay to feel this way. What’s super important is acknowledging those feelings and what is out of your control.

That being said, one thing you can focus on are the things that are in your control. So, what can you do now that will help for the future when job markets are more normal? 

Tip 1: Network, network, network.

While we’re in lockdown, it’s not time to be wasted. A key to looking forward is through making connections. If you haven’t already create a LinkedIn profile, it’s the perfect tool for networking. Plus, you can always reach out to other alumni in sectors you’re interested with. 

Tip 2: Learn something new

Okay, we know you’ve probably heard this one a lot. During lockdown you don’t need to learn a new skill with the time you have. However, many skills including coding, data analysis, language skills etc are always in demand with employers. Using LinkedIn Learning is free through the University and will give you the first step into the job market. But there’s also tonnes of self development courses, including meeting skills, time management, resilience and more. Many are short, bitesized courses which are easy to fit into the day and will give you satisfaction in the long term.

Why not pop on and take a look?

Tip 3: Volunteering

Yep, you’re probably tired of hearing about this too. But volunteering has always been a staple to the CV and in the crisis is needed now more than ever. Much like learning a new skill, volunteering helps to develop skills like communication, but also give you hands on experience to use those transferrable skills and knowledge you’ve built over your time studying. It’s also feel good, knowing that you’ve helped make a difference. 

Tip 4: Careers & Employability Services

Use what’s available to you. The Careers and Employability Services have moved online now, but are always available to support at the end of a phone or via email. These are real people who are here to help support you. There’s a whole range of workshops and help available. But don’t take our word for it, let the Careers and Employability team tell you more about what they’re up to:

Whatever you might be reading in the media, there are still jobs out there for graduates and it’s worth taking your time looking. 

It’s a difficult time, but try to concentrate on what you can control, rather than what you cannot. While you may not be able to waltz straight to your dream job after graduation, you’ve spent your time at University developing the skills you need. Put yourself in the best position to get that job later. Believe in yourself. 


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