February 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.
Department of Music
Gerald Knight Ph.D.: The enduring impact on our music education majors will be in the areas of teaching and performance. Teaching will require a more refined knowledge and skill set as it relates to the use of technology. The 21st century student already arrives to college knowing a wide array of technology. However, they will need to become more proficient at creating ways that not only uses the technology to transmit lessons but incorporates the technology as an interactive tool of learning. This will also be a problem because, unbelievably, some technology is not accessible to all students. Performance (singing and playing together) will not be what it was until people are able to come together again. Although, performers have made great creative advances in how they present.
Gerald Knight Ph.D.: Medicine, because will we always need people to help us heal from illnesses that invade the body or mind. Music, because we will always need to be lifted above circumstance and/or to uplift the human spirit.
Gerald Knight Ph.D.: Music educators (all educators really) who also can use technology as described in #1 will.
Andrew Smith: How to work with a reasonable and measurable amount of productivity virtually. I think the job market has changed...but how will organizations/companies measure the productivity if it is virtual....are they getting bang for the buck. Also, those that recognize worker safety will see the most improvement and the ability to recruit talent.
Andrew Smith: I think any of those items related to recognition either by state authority (CPA/Teacher) or by organizations (Microsoft training). Also, the ability to move between a physical and virtual setting will be helpful.
Andrew Smith: This is quite broad. A good job is one that is rewarding both internally (self satisfaction) and externally (able to make and sustain a living). I think any position in non-profit community leadership/politics, teaching (any type of school), CPA and finance, and tourism.