April 27, 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.
Graduate Theological Union
Berkeley school of theology (bst)Website
Sangyil Sam Park Ph.D.: I think that this pandemic situation will reset the job market in such a way that we have never expected-new jobs will be created and some of the traditional jobs will either be slashed or adjusted to meet the need of the new reality we have experienced for the past 12 months.
Sangyil Sam Park Ph.D.: Skills to building communities or being relatable with others will be something employers will look for.
Sangyil Sam Park Ph.D.: Yes, because of financial loss, they could not raise salaries.
College of Biblical StudiesWebsite
Kevin Moore Ph.D.: Until the pandemic subsides, churches will probably be less likely to make changes in their ministerial staff, and ministers less likely to leave their current positions to seek employment elsewhere. Technology proficiency has become almost indispensable.
Kevin Moore Ph.D.: Biblical and practical ministry courses and specialized degrees in the various fields of ministry are expected. Also impactful are counseling skills, teaching skills, and competency in technology.
Kevin Moore Ph.D.: Salaries have definitely improved, as churches seem more aware of the financial needs of their employees and the importance of ample compensation. Salaries tend to be based on levels of education, talent, experience, and effectiveness. Churches are usually concerned about the financial stability of ministerial staff and offering incentives for healthy and long-term working relationships.