HOW TO PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE POST-COVID JOB MARKET
Jan 19th 2021 - 07:134 0
How to Prepare Yourself for the Post-Covid Job Market
The impact of the pandemic has been felt globally in the recent and upcoming job market. When the lockdown hit the UK in March one of the main challenges that arose was employers either cancelling or not offering placements and summer internships. These internships are crucial for students who want to gain work experience and learn the application of theoretical knowledge in the workforce, and the cancellation had a major impact on them.
Even though not all sectors have witnessed a sudden downfall, yet it has been upsetting for those affected. Even recruitments and internships have been pushed back to December 2020. Many universities like The University of Manchester, offered summer internships projects to several students by match-funding online projects or offering internships within their university to combat this issue.
A few employers were able to adapt quickly and embraced the idea of remote working. Global employers are aware of the digital agility of students nowadays and are trying to make the best use of the situation. Such organisations and students are getting access to the best resources, regardless of the geographical location.
What can students do to better their chances of securing a job?
I would advise students at this time to be responsive. Few sectors have been affected more than others and the presence of more than one labour market alters this effect from region to region. Abruptly, the skills desired by employers have changed. Working remotely, building a rapport and being part of a team have never been more important!
Students need to ensure that the interviewer understands how you spent your time during the pandemic. Some good points to cover would be working on a project, volunteering, learning a skill, helping in the family business or working part-time. Mention all or any of these that are important and relevant to your interview to illustrate your capabilities. It will show self-motivation to a potential employer and showcase your flexible skillset.
Three things to keep in mind when job hunting during the pandemic