December 19, 2020
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.
Queens College of the City University of New York
Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Dr. Michael Perrone: All of our graduates seek to become teachers in NYS. So, one needs NYS teacher education certification, experience, etc. There is definitely a need for substitute teachers because of hybrid learning; this is the most pronounced pandemic related need. Nothing about full-time trends (employment-wise) that are pandemic-specific. There has always been a need for students to have certifications in different areas, but this is not pandemic-related.
Child Care Aware of AmericaWebsite
Lynette M. Fraga Ph.D: Future child care workers-more appropriately named early childhood educators-can expect to play a critical role in children's development as the most rapid period of brain development occurs during the first five years of life.
At the same time, the pandemic has exacerbated the existing inequities in the child care system. The median wage for child care workers in 2019 was $11.65 per hour, hardly a living wage. They deserve to be treated as the professionals they are, and to be fairly compensated and valued.
International Nanny AssociationWebsite
Laura Schroeder: Young graduates will need to have some knowledge or experience in early childhood education, as help with the school day has become an important part of a nanny's job since the pandemic. They also must be able to work independently and be self motivated as their bosses will likely not be on site. There are jobs for nannies all over the U.S., but the best paying jobs tend to be in wealthier areas and larger cities, for example L.A., San Francisco, Seattle and Boston.