April 1, 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.
Simon Feldman: My sense is that the pandemic will make it even more important to have a breadth of skills--from listening skills and critical reading and writing skills, to mastery of communication using social media and videoconferencing tools.
Simon Feldman: In a world in which it has become ever more difficult--and important--to communicate effectively across difference, the ability to listen and both receive and offer constructive criticism will be of ever-increasing value.
Simon Feldman: If this is a question about salaries in the field of academic philosophy, then the answer is that because of very broad downward trends in resources available to support the humanities in academia, salaries are currently stagnating. But if this is a question about the salaries that students (with undergraduate philosophy degrees) earn in various other fields, the news is much better. Philosophy graduates continue to find professional and financial success in fields such as law, business, and consulting--and other fields that value flexible, critical, analytical and outside-the-box thinking,