What to do about college during a global pandemic?
I am currently an incoming senior in college questioning weather or not my college degree and education is going to be worth the amount of time money and effort I have put forth due to a declineing / halted / depressed economic job market as well as schools being unable to educated students properly. #college #college-advice
I hope you receive a lot of answers to your very important question. I do believe that the world will be a bit different, but having an education will place you in a better place for upward mobility once the economy gets back on track. I never regretted earning my Master's degree in nursing.
Your senior year may indeed be held partially via remote technology. The professors are now getting trained on how to best conduct learning. My husband is a college professor and he was already well versed in using remote techniques. What is most important is that the student not depend on lectures for learning. The students must complete required reading and perform active learning. Remote learning places a big responsibility on the student.
That being said, you may want to carefully consider job opportunities once you graduate. As you are nearly done with your undergraduate degree, you may want to consider an advanced degree if it serves you well. I am going to include some web resources for you to look through. Please don't give up too soon. You have come so far!! (The caveat: if you can enter into a long-term profession without a degree which offers potential to promote, decent salary, is interesting, and has good benefits, then.....this may be an option for you. I do not know of such jobs offhand other than becoming a police officer, city worker, etc...) What may happen is that the American economy will develop many new jobs in order to kick-start economic growth, but this may take a change in the current administration.
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Lastly, I recommend speaking to your academic advisor about your concerns. This is such an important question and I hope you can speak to someone who knows you and whom you trust.
When you finish your degree, the economy will be picking back up. But more importantly, the world and the job market will be very different when this crisis comes to an end. With your projected graduation time, you will find that you have an edge on people who are already in the job market. With your experience navigating the immense changes in the higher education systems, should you continue your studies, you will be able to prove to your employers that you can 1. handle abrupt changes without loosing focus or momentum and 2. navigate the technology and techniques needed for this very new job market.
Best wishes to you as you look to the future!
Bruna Prauchner Vargas
It's a difficult time for everybody now, I know how you are feeling, I graduated in January and in my country the pandemic started in February...
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee anything else, as everything is changing with the pandemic ..
The first thing we need to think is to stay home, stay safe.
You can look for a job using Linkedin, SimplyHired, Monster, CareerBuilder, Indeed.com, GlassDoor, Craiglist, Jobing.com
After all, not all doors are closed, there are still companies hiring and there are looking for dedicated professionals like you, it's time to look!
But don't think you wasted your money and time, knowledge is the most important thing that nobody can take away from us
Hope this helps provide some ideas and inspiration! Best of luck.
Bruna recommends the following next steps:
If you are already a senior- you should definitely wrap things up. Currently the job market may not be great- but that is a constantly changing factor and this will most likely improve and change in the coming year or so. So ti's probably best to hunker down, do your best to wrap up college and then go out and search for a job (or even a future job while in your last year). I have never heard of anyone regretting finishing their degree. Goodluck!
Riley recommends the following next steps: