By: Ebonee Burrell | Editor in Chief
The academic school year is slowly but surely coming to an end, and many students are preparing for the real world as they begin to search for jobs in their degree field. However, with the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to worsen across the country, it’s leaving many college seniors worried about finding their dream job after graduation.
With the unemployment rate being at its highest point ever, at 11.5% for young adults, it has left the job market at the worse it’s been in decades. While millions of people remain unemployed, it leaves less hope to land a job for recent and upcoming graduates.
Julia Rainwater, a senior, says her stress level continues to heighten about finding a job, but she tries to stay positive.
“There’s a lot of added pressure on seniors to land some amazing dream job, and I’m trying not to let that pressure get to me,” Rainwater said. “It’s OK to not have a forever job at 22, especially during a pandemic.”
According to newsweek.com, employed graduates say that landing a job is already trickled down by luck. Still, in 2020 even the most feasible careers have been challenging to come across. Students with nursing, communications, psychology, and engineering degrees have struggled to pursue a career in these fields due to jobs not hiring anyone.
Nursing student Amy Herman is down to her last few months of the program. While she doesn’t believe it would be difficult for her to land a job, she still worries that the chances are slim because of the pandemic.
“I want to be successful in my career, but that won’t happen unless I’m given a chance first,” Herman said. “After studying 24/7 for the last two years, I hope that the time and effort I have put into this program pays off.”
While no one knows how long the pandemic will last, it’s time to make the necessary adjustments that will make life as normal as possible and land recent and upcoming graduates the job they’ve always dreamed about.