February 6, 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.
The College of St. Scholastica
Management and Business Studies
Dr. Melissa Goodson Ph.D.: There is no doubt that the Class of 2020 and 2021 will enter a completely different world than they had imagined upon graduation. I have witnessed a lag-time between graduation and alumni finding jobs. However, having a Bachelor's degree sets the students apart during the search for most of the opportunities in Business or Marketing.
I also see a trend in students navigating through the freelance market. Many recent grads are finding gigs or starting small businesses in an area in which they are passionate.
Dr. Melissa Goodson Ph.D.: We embrace a holistic approach to building skills in our graduates. Broadly, the college focuses on five core college learning objectives that we hope graduates will be exposed to in coursework to develop employment-ready skills during their time at The College of St. Scholastica. The five objectives are Inquire Deeply, Solve Complex Problems, Develop Cultural Fluency, Communicate Clearly and Persuasively, and Serve and Lead through Benedictine Values. St. Scholastica degree programs and course objectives map to these overarching objectives.
The Business Management and Marketing degree program courses emphasize skills in managing people, creatively marketing products and services, solving problems, analyzing information using technology, and ethically communicating company change and news internally and externally.
Dr. Melissa Goodson Ph.D.: At The College of St. Scholastica, we encourage our Business students to find internships prior to graduation. Additionally, students have a unique option to complete a dual degree in Marketing and Management within four years. Faculty members work hard to teach marketable skills for students completing the Marketing and Business Management degrees through experiential learning and real-world examples. Marketing students will leave the program with critical skills including email marketing, website design, strategic planning, social media, and content creation.
Our Career Services team partners with students at any stage in the degree to discuss skills, strengths, and ideas for future employment. Resume review is part of the services offered by this department to help students set themselves up with the best chance of the resume and application materials being seen by the prospective employer.