March 28, 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.
Brian Kaye: I anticipate that incoming staff will need to be flexible in adapting to an evolving educational environment. Teachers will not only need to be content experts with instructional strategies to motivate students but more than ever they will need to support the social-emotional needs of our students. Collaborative relationships with colleagues will also serve them well as we've learned that supporting one another through this crisis is what has allowed schools to thrive under these conditions.
Brian Kaye: The technical skills that I believe will serve incoming teachers will be the ability to engage students in multiple formats for communication and delivery of instruction. There are many platforms for delivering instruction and being able to adapt to new platforms will be helpful. I believe getting comfortable making quick video tutorials for students and parents will also be necessary.
Brian Kaye: Salaries continue to increase and are competitive in the local area. While salaries are influential in acquiring and retaining high-quality staff I firmly believe that creating and sustaining a supportive working atmosphere is more critical. The Arlington Heights School District 25 community has pride and thrives to celebrate the individuals within the organization and learning community.