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How is COVID 19 affecting the job growth, competition and future of the field of engineering? How is it changing and what are the good/bad aspects of these changes?

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Covid has slowed down the economy. For IT sector, all the employees are advised to WFH, this is the best time to upgrade the skills by learning new technologies. Jobs are at risk, upgrade the skills, save for future and be optimistic sunitha chamarthy Translate
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Christopher’s Answer

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It all depends on the company and the products they offer. Here is a list of firms still hiring during the Covid-19 pandemic - https://www.themuse.com/advice/companies-hiring-during-coronavirus-covid-19

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Ganga Manjusha’s Answer

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Hi Leah,

The pandemic situation has definitely hurt the economy and of course the corporate sector. But looking at the brighter side of things is very important for all of us to keep moving forward. This situation has forced us to look at how we normally work , with a new perspective which we wouldn't do otherwise. Remote work has expanded rapidly and the companies see the importance of collaboration remotely and welcome the change instead of following the book of rules. This step is important for all considering how rapidly things are changing around us! People are learning to balance their personal life with their work which is quite easy to forget but very important..So many of us get carried off with tight work schedules and do-not give enough time for our families. Corona virus has definitely taught the importance of work life balance.

Its quite unfortunate that so many people have lost livelihood but I am sure we all will bounce back with more conviction and determination. We have come across so many challenges previously and we succeeded in them. We will definitely cross over this pandemic storm like we previously did..

Where comes to opportunities for students, there is always a need for employees to run the companies, without which the economy would-not exist. So learn what interests you and feel passionate working on! NEVER GIVEUP! You will definitely attain your goals..Good luck!
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Anand’s Answer

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Coronavirus or COVID19 has already impacted the whole world more than any one of us were prepared for. It started with news coming from China, where the rest of the world remained oblivious to the dangers that lurked so close to them. Then it happened so suddenly that the whole world is almost coming down on its knees in a matter of a few weeks. We keep hearing lockdowns and measures to beat the impact of the virus, but in parallel, the collateral damage that has happened to businesses has been unprecedented. The expert analysis clearly shows that no one was prepared for this impact, as it was so quick and had a ripple effect that became completely out of control.

While governments and citizens are finding ways to come out of this unprecedented catastrophe, experts are analyzing the impact of COVID19 on the future of jobs.

It is very clear that jobs that will not add value to any business will quickly perish. Paper pushers and coordinators will reduce dramatically and so will be the high salaried jobs that do not justify their cost. In turn, companies will move more to hire freelancers and contractual workforce to carry out more and more jobs they need. Companies will look for reducing their fixed overheads and find ways to outsource everything except the absolute core jobs with a direct impact on the organization.

Mass remote working for prolonged times will make people more mature in remote working. It will also change the behavior of people and expectations from companies. Technology will improve significantly to provide not only remote working with great experience but also remote schooling. Homes will start having a home office to qualify for jobs in the future. Everything digital will replace almost everything that needs physical to connect to remote connections. Social distancing being enforced will make an impact on social behavior and more people will work remotely encouraging social distancing as an accepted norm for a longer period.

In short, it will have an impact on the jobs overall and not only the engineering ones. But the ones which involve more of physical efforts and involvement, will be far more impacted then the back ends one as the back end ones can be done remotely also.
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John’s Answer

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Many companies have laid off some engineers due to decrease in business and many of these engineers are not able to find new jobs right now unless they are willing to move to other states like Texas. So, COVID has hurt all area's for now.
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