Re-Calibrating Your Career Mindset Amidst COVID-19
The current COVID-19 situation has hit the economy hard, hence graduates will be entering into a tough job market. I myself graduated in the eye of the storm during the 1997-99 Asian financial crisis. Graduates who brace themselves for the volatility and make the best use of their time and resources to stay up-to-date and relevant tend to integrate faster into the job market when the economy rebounds.
Adopt an open mind and explore opportunities outside of your preferred industry. You can acquire additional skills and gain essential work experience by taking up traineeships, which are stepping stones to new possibilities.
Seize this moment to learn a new skill from the CET courses as part of NUS Resilience & Growth Initiative, or online programmess from edX and Coursera. Having these certifications in your resume and LinkedIn profile will get you noticed by recruiters!
Be Positive and Persevering
Keep up with the momentum of your job applications even if you do not hear back from employers. Likewise, employers are also dealing with the new reality, managing changes in recruitment processes and working remotely. Stay objective and avoid thinking negatively that “I am not good enough”. Employers look for graduates with positive energy and resilience.
Polish & Refine
The job market remains very competitive in difficult times, so do ensure your resume and cover letter differentiate you. Practice and ace your e-interviews. Join us for our Career Advancement Series on these topics, or access our online guides on resume, cover letter or video interviews. As Career Advisors, we are here for you, so please feel free to schedule an appointment.
Bonds that Unite
While this stressful time may feel personal, many graduates are also in the same predicament. Build a support network by sharing your challenges and celebrating little successes. The wider and more diverse your network, the better it is (google “power of weak ties”). Once you see the light at the end of the tunnel (and it will come), these pillars of support will most likely become your friends for life!
This is a time for greater self-discovery. So, be patient and gentle with yourself!
Remember: Tough times never last, but tough graduates do.
By Ryan Ang, Head, School of Computing Career Advisory, Centre for Future-ready Graduates