February 18, 2021
Given the change of course that has happened in the world, we wanted to provide expert opinions on what aspiring graduates can do to start off their careers in an uncertain economic climate. We wanted to know what skills will be more important, where the economy is doing relatively well, and if there will be any lasting effects on the job market.
Companies are looking for candidates that can handle the new responsibilities of the job market. Recent graduates actually have an advantage because they are comfortable using newer technologies and have been communicating virtually their whole lives. They can take what they've learned and apply it immediately.
We spoke to professors and experts from several universities and companies to get their opinions on where the job market for recent graduates is heading, as well as how young graduates entering the industry can be adequately prepared. Here are their thoughts.
Washington State University
Department of Soil Science & AgroecologyWebsite
John Reganold: Remote work is now en vogue so that more hours (not all) will be spent remotely from home. That being said, people in my fields of Soil Science and Organic & Sustainable Agriculture will spend significant time in the field. (See answer to #3 below).
John Reganold: Important soft skills, which benefit graduates applying for jobs and in the workplace when they have a job, are listening, oral and written communication, interpersonal (people) skills, and time management.
John Reganold: In my fields of Soil Science and Organic & Sustainable Agriculture, which can have both an outdoor (field-based) and office component, probably a week might look like 4 x 10-hour days, with at least one to two days being outdoors with farmers, foresters, city planners, and others.