August 24, 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.
Arizona State University
School of International Letters and Cultures
Angélica Amezcua: Some soft skills are networking, teamwork, creative thinking, positive attitudes, assertiveness, and empathy.
Angélica Amezcua: Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics with a focus on Spanish Heritage Language Pedagogy
Angélica Amezcua: Communication, leadership, and teamwork skills.
Modern Languages Department
Caroline Kramer: I absolutely think so. Students have less hands-on experiences in the classroom and outside and a lot of internships have been virtual creating uncertainty about the future.
Caroline Kramer: It really depends on what job you are going into since each job has completely different requirements.
Caroline Kramer: I believe that all students should have good computer skills. Students in particular need to be able to use Microsoft Office to succeed in the current job market.