August 29, 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.
Brigham Young University - Idaho
Department of Computer Information Technology
Michael McLaughlin: The ability to solve unstructured problems.
Michael McLaughlin: The ability to work well with people.
Michael McLaughlin: Solid understanding of the technology stack (from desktops to cloud), including at least one programming language at certification level and object-oriented design skills that include exclusivity, patterns, and data design both in relational and document databases.
Dr. Pauline Mosley: There are several big trends; however, in my opinion, the biggest trend we are seeing is an increase in the usage of mobile apps, cloud computing and smart technologies. The pandemic has cultivated a huge demand for these applications. The problematic effects of the pandemic such as the inability to conduct business and interact socially, has heighten the need for these technologies - hence transitioning them from emerging technologies to part of our everyday living.
Dr. Pauline Mosley: All graduates should possess strong communication skills, a willingness to take risks, think critically and innovatively. Lastly, they need to be flexible and willing to learn.
Dr. Pauline Mosley: In my opinion a typical day for a recent graduate may entail working various hours throughout the day. In the past work days were considered from 9 to 5; however, with the pandemic and global economy, graduates should expect to work in segments through-out the day or when critical work needs to be completed. So, they should expect to work a few hours in the morning, a few in the afternoon, and possibly a few more late into the evening to accommodate the clientele that may be working in another time zone or part of the world. The concept of "the office" will be redefined by their employer. "The office" could be their homes, or a combination of home and a physical space, or it could be virtual. They should expect to work with people from various cultures and in some cases they may even interact with smart technologies, robotics, or other forms of new technologies. Their work day will be very exciting because they will have a myriad of technological options and the flexibility to decide how they work (whether remote or in-person) to complete various tasks.