Job Hunting in a Pandemic
A year ago, the Class of 2020 graduated into the worst job market since the Great Depression. So, what’s the outlook for the Class of 2021? It’s hardly a booming economy these days, but thanks to easing pandemic restrictions, a giant infusion of government relief, and the arrival of vaccines, the landscape looks brighter. But job hunters will find a significantly reshaped market out there.
For this BU Today series, we asked industry experts their advice for new grads looking for work, and we also looked at how the recruitment process has changed. We talked to some 2020 graduates, and current seniors, to ask how their job quest is going. And we looked at a new state-of-the-art online networking and mentoring platform that’s helping students and alums make connections that could have a lasting impact on their career.
In this series
Part 1 Students, Thinking about Looking for a Job? Watch This Video First
Spring is in the air, and with it, career anxiety. Looking for that first job after graduation is always daunting. Factor in an economy still struggling to recover from the pandemic, and it can seem, well, overwhelming. Where to start? In this video, Anna Malygin (Questrom’23) interviews Esther Leonard, BU Center for Career Development (CCD) […]
Part 2 Career Experts Offer Advice for New College Grads
The job market is beginning to heal from the COVID-19 pandemic, but 2021 graduates will still need flexibility, resilience, and determination for their job hunt. And they should not let the uncertain times alter their fundamental goals, career experts say. In the job market, “there may be areas that are thriving and areas that are […]
Part 3 Smart Tips for Successful Virtual Job Interviews
As tough as the pandemic job market is, when it comes to the virtual job interview, graduating seniors may have one advantage, says Anna Pham. “We have Zoom for classes,” she says. “We’re getting very used to talking to a computer. We’re more prepared than we think we are.” Pham (COM’21) has been interviewing virtually […]
Part 4 Job-Hunting Advice from the Class of 2020: Be Flexible
Shubhankar Arun’s life since graduating last May shows the wisdom of zigging when you’d rather zag. After COVID-19 floored the economy last year, he shifted his job expectations—and hopped continents as well. Plan A had been to stay in the United States for a year on his work visa and look for a job in […]
Part 5 How’s Job Hunting Going for the Class of 2021? We Checked In with Some Soon-to-Be Grads
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year, it more or less eviscerated the market for entry-level jobs. Thanks to hiring freezes, furloughs, layoffs, and rescinded offers, the national employment rate for 20- to 24-year-olds ballooned to a dismal 25.7 percent last May, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nearly a year later, prospects for […]
Part 6 Need a Job? BU Mentors Are Ready to Help
It was still February, but Fiorella Duarte, who would be graduating from the Questrom School of Business at the end of the semester, decided that it was not too early to start looking for a job. Duarte (Questrom’21), enrolled in the Master of Science in Management Studies (MSMS) program, signed into BU’s new networking platform, […]