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In today’s scenario, when economists expect global recession or worse, many universities and colleges are resolving questions of employability, placements, and internships in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak of a pandemic. It has been a notable increase in health and medical-related job roles and especially in the UK and Canada countries. So, several universities there are offering attractive placements as well as internships followed by the newly confirmed opportunities to take up post-study work to Indian students for better career aspects.
The Promising skills and job opportunities for students in the post-Covid 19 pandemics:-
When the time of economic difficulty occurs then sound education becomes more important than ever before. So, there are several challenges amidst travel and gathering restrictions as well. Now, the Leading universities along with international pathway providers around the world, have offered online study programs to students with the option of shifting to their onsite campuses when the coronavirus situation eases efficiently. So the courses offered can unravel promising career opportunities especially for Indian students mostly. Also, the Final-year students are understandably experiencing a lot of panic and uncertainty when it comes to their employment prospects as they will be graduating during the COVID pandemic era. The Graduate Recruitment Bureau co-founder and marketing director- Dan Hawes actually find out what students can do to boost their employment prospects during this time along with how the graduate application process is likely to be affected by the crisis overall.
Students and professionals should be aware that our companies hiring graduates now or not?
The companies in sectors mostly- like hospitality, tourism and leisure are affected a lot so they aren’t currently hiring right now but graduates shouldn’t lose hope. Numerous sectors like Logistics, health, and medicine as well as some retailers -particularly online retailers are booming and also, are actively looking to recruit graduates freshly. So, These are the industries graduates should be focusing on applying to, for better career growth. Also, the Graduates need a proper plan and they need to do more research and try to unearth these companies as they might not be advertising widely and efficiently.
Focus on Gaining new skills in the lockdown era:-
Students and professionals should use their time in quarantine to their advantage is a great way to get ahead of the game. So, it is recommended that students complete a SWOT analysis and identifying personal Strengths and Weaknesses along with the Opportunities as well as threats in the workplace at the moment currently. Also, Only then can students have a clear idea of which skills they need to improve as a whole. As the big question interviewers will ask is like-What did you do in lockdown? and Much like taking a year out, the employers will want to know like What did you do that’s put you in a better position altogether?. So, what Students will choose to do will vary from person to person but they should focus on building their resume. This might be through volunteering or developing the skills in an online course in topics such as Microsoft Excel or SEO as well. Thus, this will show potential employers that Students have done something constructive with their time during the lockdown.
Students should be aware of Where to look for jobs actually:-
When it comes to finding jobs, there are many options other than just directly on company websites and there are plenty of other places students can look for jobs for a better career prospective. These are as follows:-
Make use of recruitment agencies' job boards. For example- the graduate job search on the Graduate Recruitment Bureau's website is an efficient way to narrow down Students' job search altogether.
Quite famous is LinkedIn-
For Students, LinkedIn is also a great place to look for jobs for career growth. It is advised creating a profile that even if students haven’t got much to put on it actually. It will mean that when recruiters Google Student's name, Student’s LinkedIn profile is what will appear first and give a positive impression.
The Speculative applications-
For Students, There are just so many companies that go under the radar for students and graduates and so it’s definitely worth doing some research efficiently. Students should- Go on Google Street View and have a look and they will see at the entrance of a business park and there will be a list of all the companies that are based upon it. On the other hand, Students could look at associations and the members within those associations and if they are looking to get into procurement. For instance- like go on the CPS website and find the members on there. So, Then create a spreadsheet and find the decision-makers on LinkedIn and drop them an email accordingly. Students should follow the same process as they would with a university project and focus on their research and also fire out their applications and then go one step further and give them a call accordingly.
Students should know when to apply for jobs-
It is always advised graduates to start applying as early as possible. So, Usually big employers have quite rigid timetabling whereas smaller companies tend to hire accordingly. Moreover, it is a myth that if students don’t have a job by the autumn they have missed the boat and have to wait for the next round of recruitments. So, even if they get to the autumn and haven’t got anything then keep going and that’ll be the key time accordingly. Thus, this applies to direct entry jobs and lots of graduate scheme recruiters are choosing to defer recruitments. So, most are postponing, but none have canceled. The graduates had been welcomed to the company online, so posted a laptop so they can start working remotely efficiently. Also, When it comes to postponed graduate schemes, it is suggested keeping an eye on the companies websites. So, as they will make announcements when the graduate schemes reopen accordingly. Students should then put together a spreadsheet with the jobs and the dates for applying accordingly.
Online Interviews and assessment centers-
Numerous employers are switching their recruitment process online and before the pandemic, most larger companies were either already beginning to make the switch or considering it accordingly. So, now it is crucial that companies have a strong online presence when it comes to recruitment and most students no longer have the option to attend an in-person interview as well. Thus, most interviews, assessment centers, and psychometric tests are now conducted entirely online efficiently. Therefore, it means that firms are able to recruit students and graduates without breaking lockdown rules and regulations.