April 13, 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.
Case Western Reserve University
Department of Genetics and Genome SciencesWebsite
Hua Lou Ph.D.: Given how Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson are saving the world, biotech companies are very attractive to graduates.
Hua Lou Ph.D.: Communication and teamwork.
Hua Lou Ph.D.: This is a question that is a little difficult for me to answer for the following reasons. First, I do not usually get the salary information from our graduates. Second, depending on where our graduates go after getting their PhD, there is a rather wide range in salary. If they continue their research training by pursuing a postdoctoral position, their salary would follow the NIH guideline, which is $53.7K for 2021. If they get a position in industry, their salary could be up to $100K.