Posted on 27 May 2020
My family's income is also struggling in this period of time, and I was hoping to chip in after graduating but I cannot secure a job. Any advice?
In my humble opinion, there are 3 things you can do:
Get an internship yes, but 'negotiate' with the HR and see if there is opportunity to convert to full timer once your internship ends (of course, make sure that is the job you want)
I am very sure there are still companies that are hiring full timer despite the covid-19 situation, but you have your foot in the door first by just taking up a job in any company that is relevant to your interest and passion. Put salary aside, the most important is still to get a job
While you are seeking for a job or waiting for this situation to ease, upgrade yourself. Take up online courses, read books, attend webinars, etc. Do whatever you can to upgrade your skillset in the relevant industry. This will prove to your employer that, while 80% of people who stuck at home are just wasting their life away by watching Netflix and playing games, you actually take the time to improve yourself and grow personally and professionally. This will make you stand out from the sea of other desperate candidates for sure.
I wish you all the best!
If you are unable to find a job or traineeship, it's a good idea to take up an internship first. With companies cutting their full-time headcount or freezing full-time hiring, some companies are relying on interns to support their manpower needs.
Even though you'll be drawing an intern salary, you'll have relevant experiences to 'sell' to your next employer and still able to develop relevant skills. If the company you're interning for has resumed hiring after your internship, there's also the chance they might convert you to a full-time position.
Before this pandemic, post-graduation internships were actually becoming increasingly common among graduates who wanted to get a better understanding of an industry they were interested in before jumping into a full-time job.
Here's also a useful list of curated Covid-19 career resources. Hope it'll be helpful for others who's been job hunting for a while.
Includes companies & jobs that are still hiring, recession job hunting tips, interview prep, mental wellness, etc.
What a difficult time to be in as a fresh grad amidst all these uncertainty.
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