January 26, 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.
Mark Van Holt: With a polarized nation and changing global risk perceptions, I believe we will continue to see significant demand for highly qualified homeland security experts. The devastating impact of pandemic has employers more attuned to risk and the need for global collaboration. Employers will be looking for candidates with strategic foresight and the aptitude to take a holistic and system-based view of risk and the associated impact. Industry experts will be expected to have a robust understanding of bio-surveillance and bio-terrorism prevention and response strategies and the broader spectrum of public health threats.
Mark Van Holt: Graduates should be highlighting critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Employers need forward thinkers who can readily adapt to a complex and constantly changing environment.
Mark Van Holt: Critical infrastructure, such as our international airports and ports, will remain a top risk, and with that, major metropolitan areas will continue to drive the highest demand. I do believe, however, employers are seeing some benefit from the "work from home" model which should provide additional opportunities outside of those traditional metropolitan areas.