Words of Encouragement to New Grads

Hello friends, hope you are having a good week amidst the continuing madness. There continues to be both good and bad news coming our way about this whole pandemic ordeal. Some places are beginning to open back up, with caution obviously. More testing is in demand and some of the world’s most brilliant minds are working diligently on a vaccine and treatment.

The impact of COVID-19 has reached all of us in some way. However, I find the impact it has had on upcoming high school and college graduates especially hard. Not getting to have a last semester with all of its grand activities alongside your peers and instructors is sad. Graduation brings enough anxiety and angst as you prepare for major transitions. Then add to it you won’t get to walk the stage — a milestone each one us cherishes in our memories.

Sadly, nothing can fix that. Class of 2020, you have been robbed of some amazing experiences. However, things are not hopeless. You are fortunate to live in an age where you are still able to stay in close contact with your loved ones and conduct your studies online. You are still graduating. Nothing can take away that amazing achievement. Not COVID-19, not social distancing, not fear, not anything.

You may also be worried about your job prospects and where to go next. Though things are dire, the job market will rebound. There have been recessions in the past (maybe you remember 2008 you youngins). There are places still hiring, so keep that resume ready. Slowly but surely, things will get back to some kind of normal as time passes. Be patient. Keep this current circumstance in perspective. Your future is still intact. You have a ton of people like myself who are rooting for you and supporting you.

I want to provide some resources for you that can be of some assistance. Obviously, utilize sites like Indeed, Glassdoor, Monster, and LinkedIn to search and apply for jobs as well as build your professional network. Those are actions you can still take right now. LinkedIn just published an article on places hiring. Monster published a very useful article on networking in this age of social distancing.

I hope these resources prove useful for you. Congratulations to the class of 2020!

“Carve a tunnel of hope through the dark mountain of disappointment.”

– Martin Luther King Jr

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