Networking, patience key to post-pandemic job search for Class of 2020

Networking, patience key to post-pandemic job search for Class of 2020

Everyone has felt the impact of the pandemic, and recent college graduates are no exception. The Class of 2020 finished their degrees virtually and graduated to enter the worst job market since the 1930s. In April 2020, unemployment was at 25.7% for people ages 20-24. The burden is especially difficult for students who worked to put themselves through college and took out student loans. Now, it may take longer to see their hard work and investment in their future pay off. Kelsey Singer graduated in May from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a degree in Communication. She worked part-time in a local restaurant throughout her time in school to make ends meet. The pandemic caused Singer’s savings to take a hit after the restaurant industry moved to takeout only. She says she’s lucky to have savings, otherwise making rent would have been difficult. “I would be making so much more money, and I would have had a lot more saved up if I could have been working normally this whole time,” Singer said. Additionally, Singer feels nervous about going in to work as restaurants are starting to open back up. “A lot of people don’t have the luxury to care about their own safety,” Singer said. “People are forced to put themself in unhealthy and dangerous situations regarding the virus.” Concerns about the job market have prompted Singer to change her plans. She will continue her education in the fall, pursuing getting a master’s degree in Communication ...
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