The Coronavirus is affecting everyone, from how we work to how we play. Yet, for new grads, it’s transforming even more than that; it’s changing the next exciting post-college chapter. The pandemic has delayed and abruptly canceled post-graduation trips, senior year events, athletic seasons, and, on top of all of that, it has changed the job search. Some companies are still hiring while others are on a hiring-freeze, so landing a job right out of college may be more complicated than it appeared to be at the beginning of the year.
While the post-graduation unknown can get you down, the most important thing to do is not panic. You are not alone; students everywhere are facing the same adversity as you. But, if you want a job right out of college, you might have to alter your career path slightly. Plenty of job opportunities still exist, and while it might not be exactly what you thought you’d be doing, it’s a great way to gain invaluable experience, hone some new skills, make a living, and get your foot in the door. So many industries are still hiring, and some are even kicking their hiring up a notch. Here are five industries that are hiring new grads during the pandemic.
It’s no surprise that IT is hiring right now. The information technology space, including software engineering, hardware engineering, and tech support, are hiring like crazy with the increased reliance on remote work. During the pandemic, many companies have been struggling to convert and support the technological needs of their remote teams. As a result, thousands of employers are adding IT Professionals to their teams.
Online shopping and shipping/delivery companies are more prominent now than ever, with millions of Americans staying home in quarantine. E-commerce sites are booming as more shoppers purchase everyday items online to safely remain at home. In fact, transaction volume has seen a 74 percent increase! This growth expects to continue throughout the pandemic in all aspects of e-commerce, from home products to groceries. And as a result of exploding online sales, fulfillment and delivery jobs are soaring. For example, Amazon is looking to hire of 175,000 new workers globally to keep up with demand.
Grocery stores were deemed an essential business during quarantine, and they definitely need a helping hand. These stores around the world have experienced a massive increase in hiring. Large companies have claimed they are hiring more than 800,000 employees during this time, and that’s not even taking into account local stores and other large companies that have not released numbers. This is an excellent opportunity to get some experience to gain substantial customer service experience in high-pressure situations.
Online Learning/ Tutoring
If you are receiving an education degree, this might be an excellent opportunity to expand your skills to the online market. Getting a job at an online learning studio or tutoring company will make a difference while students are unable to attend school. Shifting your career path toward online tutoring during this time illustrates your passion for teaching and helping others, even during times of agony.
Healthcare is one of the largest industries hiring during the pandemic. These professionals are absolutely essential to combating this crisis. Forbes claims that “healthcare-related workers are in the most demand with the highest level of job openings on the professional networking platform.” Moreover, the job in the highest demand right now is a registered nurse (RN), according to Glassdoor. So, if you are graduating from med school or a nursing program, now is a great time to be thrown into the field because you will get once in a lifetime healthcare experience while doing your part to help others during COVID-19.
Put your skills to good use
There are dozens of industries hiring during the pandemic, more than you may think. Being a new grad in this situation can be tough to navigate, but the route of your career path is not always straight and may experience quite a few bumps and turns. If you remain flexible and patient, you will come out of this pandemic more hirable than before. You can gain skills employers are looking for, like adaptability; so, hone some of these skills by utilizing your talent in unexpected industries.