Information about how the current crisis is impacting the labour market is changing from day to day.
Here are two recent articles that address the current thinking for students and graduates:
- Your career and COVID-19
- Graduating into a pandemic into a pandemic: the impact on university finalists
One thing is clear, and that is there is a need for Arts & Humanities students to develop their digital skills. Under the current circumstances, we have seen a range of providers opening up free resources, e.g. FutureLearn. Other online opportunities to help develop skills include the UEA Digital Voyager course or learn a language. If you are in your final year, you can also request a licence to access LinkedIn Learning, an online educational platform that helps you discover and develop business, technology-related, and creative skills through expertled course videos.
You may want to use your time at home to explore your career options, research employers, speak with UEA graduates acting as mentors to find out more about what they went on to do after UEA, build your network on LinkedIn, work towards the UEA Award or upskill using free online resources. Remember that the Careers Service is open and we are seeing students, and will soon be offering online workshops. We remain open throughout the summer vacation.
An important change in the job market is that all organisations, including teacher training providers, will now be recruiting using online approaches and tools. For example, instead of having a face-to-face interview, interviews will now be video interviews. Instead of actual assessment centres, there will be ‘virtual’ assessment centres, where interviews and work simulations would be done through online platforms.
If you know that there is a particular industry you would like to work in, we recommend looking at the website (and particularly news pages) for the professional body concerned – for example, the Chartered Institute of Marketing. This is where you will find commentary about how the industry is responding to the current situation, and how things are developing.
What is clear is that many industries will continue to rely on short contracts and freelancers whilst they start to rebuild their businesses and we may see a marked increase in remote working. Enterprise Central can support you in both start-up and freelancing.
Finally, don’t forget to look after your wellbeing. Here are some resources that might help you: