26 June 2020
Looking for work at any time can be daunting, but with COVID-19 making an unwelcome entrance, we would not blame students for feeling more nervous about it. Here’s some positive news on what’s happening in the jobs market...
It's still relatively early days and we will not know the full extent of the impact the pandemic will have on our economy and labour market until we start to face post-COVID times. However, we are keeping our ear close to the ground, listening to what employers local to us are saying and reading up on the latest articles so that we can pass this onto you.
Even in 'normal times' it is important for you to engage with the latest happenings within the industry you hope to enter into because employers will be looking for candidates that take a wide interest in the context in which their company and job operates. Labour market information can also keep you informed of where there is demand for certain roles and what skills are required, therefore helping you to prepare for your career planning and job search.
Here's an overview of the latest news we have and some tips of what you could do to stay on top of the game.
The graph on this page, produced by Institute for Employment Studies, shows the immediate impact of COVID-19 on new job vacancies and how over the last few weeks we are starting to see gradual increase again. We are yet to know whether this is for the long term or a seasonal pattern (comparing to the line for 2019).
Unless you’re looking to go into nursing or becoming a social worker, you may be looking at the headlines with some trepidation, but take confidence in knowing that employers appear to have learned some important lessons from the last financial crash of 2008 – for the most part student and graduate employers have not reacted rashly to COVID-19, they are taking a measured approach and not making firm decisions on recruitment until more of the picture unfolds.
Luckily our students at ARU have a dedicated Employability Service full of knowledge and hard-working people who want to see you succeed.
We know that employers are still looking for students to apply for placement and internship opportunities as well as for graduates to fill a position in their company – including adapting roles to work from home. Some of these positions have been promoted directly to you on our jobs board. Make sure to take a look.
For answers to job search questions get in touch via Live Chat* or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be doing our best to help you stay up to date. Keep an eye on our Know Your Market page on the Career Centre for updated information as well as tips on what you could be doing to help you have that edge over other candidates.
By Jodie Elwis, Careers Information & Systems Lead
*Live Chat is available 9am-5pm Monday-Thursday and 9am-4.30pm on Fridays on the Career Centre.