November 10, 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.
Irene Thomas Johnson: First, take advantage of all the opportunities that come your way. Do not shy away or turn down an assignment, big or small, or how mundane. Each one of these will lay the foundation for a bigger and better opportunity in the future. Second, get a mentor. Someone whom you can exchange ideas and get candid feedback, someone who can help you open doors in your career. And third, never stop training and asking questions.
Irene Thomas Johnson: Integrating technology into the workplace will shift greatly in the next 3 to 5 years. Smart building technology is continuing to evolve, and I see this as important and prevalent in building management in the future. It will be more focused on the wellbeing of its occupants, focusing on the customer experience while continuing to drive efficiency and savings for building owners and occupiers.
Irene Thomas Johnson: The starting salary in this field is excellent and ranges, depending on your location. We see the average salary in the field is approximately $45,000 to $250,000, with managers averaging $90,000 and Chief Facilities Officers at the higher range. I have personally seen salaries grow as the industry continues to embrace the importance of our field.