May 5th 2020

COVID-19 recession: How to still land a graduate job

With graduation just around the corner, finding a secure grad job has never seemed more important. But in light of COVID-19, this new, exciting stage in your life has suddenly become very uncertain. 

In fact, almost 40% of students are now worried they won’t be able to get a grad job at all.

Megan Denny from the University of Bristol, says “I was already quite uncertain about what I was going to do when I graduated, and even that has now been completely thrown into the air”. 

Across the UK, a quarter of businesses are reducing the number of graduates they hire this year. Even routes such as short-term internships and placements have been reduced by almost a third according to the Institute of Student Employers. 

That being said, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. 

Welcome to the world of tech  

The traditional route into work via big grad schemes or applying to large businesses isn’t the be-all and end-all. A third of businesses plan to continue with their recruitment, just adopting virtual as the new reality in their hiring process, making it clear that even in this crisis, some employers are booming.

Let’s take a look at the tech industry. According to a COVID-19 report, the tech-driven sectors that enable remote working have the highest proportion of positively impacted businesses. And it’s these honey pots that have dodged a bullet and are leading the way with their tech-savvy tools to make the current situation easier. 

Stephen Isherwood from ISE says that “we need support for those about to transition from education to work.” And at Tempo, we have just the tools to do this. Our platform is a one-stop-shop for your first role out of uni. Through the use of smart technology, we match you with those innovative tech companies out there that are standing strong against the current difficulties. Bulb, Learnerbly, and Moneybox are just a few of the companies on our platform that are ripe for the taking. 

They might not be your usual established giants, but now is the time for innovation and rethinking your approach. Entry-level jobs in companies such as these will help you get some valuable experience, and they could be the perfect stepping stone into your future career. You just need to break out of your comfort zone and go for it. 

A student at Coventry University, Thami Dube, says that,

He is even using his extra free time to learn digital marketing alongside his degree to give him an extra edge. 

It’s with a mindset like Thami’s that you can make the best of a bad situation. You just need to stay active in your job hunt, expand your skillset, and be flexible in your career choices. There are many great opportunities out there – you just have to broaden your horizons to find them. And Tempo can help you do that. 

If you want to know more, have a look at some of the ways these candidates have been learning new skills to make the most of this crisis.