Coronavirus: Fresh graduates face uncertainty as they transition from university to work

Coronavirus: Fresh graduates face uncertainty as they transition from university to work

New and soon-to-be graduates whose career plans were knocked off course due to the Covid-19 outbreak hope to kick-start their job search prospects as global restrictions ease. The health pandemic disrupted the future plans of many jobseekers worldwide in March as recruitment was brought to a near halt across many sectors. An estimated 6.7 per cent of working hours were lost globally in the second quarter of this year – the equivalent of 195 million jobs worldwide – according to the United Nations. As employers furloughed staff, cut salaries and axed jobs, students transitioning from university into the working world bore the brunt of the effect. Travel suspensions and social distancing guidelines interrupted how graduates were preparing to leave university for good. In some cases, job and internship offers were postponed, altered or withdrawn by companies due to visa or travel restrictions. But as measures continue to be lifted around the globe, recruiters in the UAE said there has been a slight uptake in hiring since early June. “New employment visas are currently being issued to candidates residing within the UAE who are either on an extended visit, cancelled or family sponsored visa," said Mayank Patel, country manager at Adecco, a recruitment agency. “We are not currently processing visas for candidates outside the UAE. “We had shortlisted a pool of talented millennials from across well-known universities in the UAE for our CEO1Month internship programme. “Due to covid restrictions, some of the candidates were in their home countries and unfortunately we had to postpone their applications." Mr ...
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