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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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Thank you comment icon 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

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Christopher’s Answer

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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Jon’s Answer

With a remote workforce now being the norm location is not as important for hiring new employees so companies are able to match the available talent globally rather than for a specific geographic location.
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Anand’s Answer

Coronavirus or COVID19 has already impacted the whole world more than any one of us were prepared for. There are many articles and details available which I myself keep on referring to over the internet. A few of them for your reference below:

1. https://www.ey.com/en_gl/covid-19/covid-19-and-pandemic-planning--how-companies-should-respond

2. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/wealth/earn/coronavirus-lockdown-whats-the-future-of-your-company-use-this-time-to-up-career-skills/articleshow/74862526.cms?from=mdr

3. https://www2.deloitte.com/global/en/pages/about-deloitte/articles/covid-19/understanding-the-sector-impact-of-covid-19--engineering---const.html
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Ritu’s Answer

Pandemic has impacted the whole world adversely, and costed most of the job areas.
Software engineering industry seemed comparatively least affected.
Pros of being in software industry was to be able to work remotely and keeping safe.
I was able to work as well as take care of my kids, and keep a proper work-life balance. Though it was difficult, it was POSSIBLE.
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Rob’s Answer

I see the trends towards software development only increasing faster from COVID. As an Industrial Engineer who married a Mechanical Engineer, we both ended up moving into the software world many years ago as traditional engineering jobs were not tracking as well. If you are truly passionate about a particular Engineering area, certainly considering staying the course as opportunities will be there. But my point is just be open to the tending toward more opportunities for individuals with Engineering background emerging strongly on the software side.
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Ganga Manjusha’s Answer

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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Brian’s Answer

It is a major disruptor, like many major events throughout history. It is bad for some sectors and good for others. One great benefit is the realization that prohibitions on remote work were likely excessive. It's forced many industries to reexamine ableist points of view. As Jon mentioned above, location is much less an issue than it was, meaning the distance between talent and opportunities is smaller. We won't know the full impact until vaccines are rolled out, but for now, information based jobs are still thriving, while physical space careers are largely struggling.

If you want to look beyond this, though, the disruption can also create opportunities. The pandemic exposed weaknesses in supply chain management, for example. People who can solve those problems in advance of the next disaster will be well placed to succeed. So, if you are innovation-minded, consider looking at the cracks in the infrastructure that the pandemic has exposed.
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John’s Answer

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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