February 4, 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.
Western Carolina University
School of Engineering + TechnologyWebsite
Dr. Hugh Jack Ph.D.: The pandemic has created shifting demands in different sectors. Some areas, like transportation, have slowed. Others, like healthcare, are growing quickly. We should expect technical professionals to consider moving between industry sectors.
Dr. Hugh Jack Ph.D.: Number one, communications. Graduates need to be able to speak and listen effectively to work with teams, customers and suppliers. Written communication becomes more important every year with the increase of electronic communications.
Dr. Hugh Jack Ph.D.: The pandemic has permanently added remote working to professional tools. This will mean that the amount of travel might decrease and the time out of the office might increase. Being able to reduce the need to commute will improve the quality of life.