Where the Class of 2020 Is Finding Job Opportunities
Some 2020 graduates are finding jobs, even in this economy. Luck plays a role, sure, but so does a willingness to compromise.
Halle Steinberg said she wasn’t surprised when Delta Air Lines Inc. rescinded a job offer just two days before she graduated with a degree in business analytics from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School in Atlanta. Undaunted, she applied for a data analytics position at Home Depot Inc. and got the job.
Maybe not as glamorous — the 25-year-old had been looking forward to the travel perks that come with working for an airline — but it was a smart pivot. Millions have been locked down for months during the Covid-19 pandemic, and many are sprucing up their homes instead of spending money on flights for vacations or family visits.
Identifying such shifts may be key for new graduates looking to survive in a market where more than 19.5 million Americans are unemployed, and many companies have stopped hiring or even shut down altogether. Entry-level openings were down 39% since last year as of June 15, with the biggest declines in travel and tourism, information technology and marketing and advertising, according to data from Glassdoor Inc.
“My class is only 44 students, and a little over half have a job,” Steinberg said. “A lot are struggling. By this time, usually everyone has a job.”