March 12, 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.
Wayne State University
Department of Electrical & Computer EngineeringWebsite
Dr. Nabil Sarhan Ph.D.: It seems that companies will continue to embrace or allow remote work at least for certain jobs, such as those related to software development, computer/system architecture, and VLSI. Therefore, employees may be required to work in geographically distributed teams and should have excellent communication and teamwork skills. In this case of the remote work environment, companies will select future employees primarily based on their skills regardless of their locations, and thus U.S. graduates will likely find themselves in even greater competition against a global workforce.
Dr. Nabil Sarhan Ph.D.: As graduates will find themselves in even greater competition against a global workforce, they will need to differentiate themselves by enhancing their problem-solving, design, communication, and teamwork skills. Graduates can further enhance their job prospects by obtaining graduate degrees. The industry also appreciates certifications and/or courses in AI, machine learning, embedded systems, cloud computing, VLSI, and security, web development, and software engineering. Collaborating in open-source software and having experience in state-of-the-art tools will be appreciated. If none of these is possible, the student should at least invest the time and effort in completing an impressive graduation or capstone project and should do his/her best in the senior course projects as they will demonstrate having the necessary practical experience.
Dr. Nabil Sarhan Ph.D.: The graduates can increase their earning potential by obtaining master's degrees or certificates based on the current market needs. These qualifications are expected to become increasingly more important because of the rising competition in the marketplace.