Future job outlook for college students graduating during coronavirus pandemic

Posted at 9:39 AM, Apr 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-04 09:39:31-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Like many, graduating college seniors and some juniors are feeling the gravity of the coronavirus.

Many soon-to-be graduates who had internships lined up or were in talks with companies about accepting a job, are now uncertain about their future.

Some companies are currently operating under a hiring freeze to keep the distance of people coming in and out of their offices, but this isn't the status quo across the board.

News 3 spoke with the Senior Director of Youth Services at the Hampton Roads Workforce Council, Christina Brooks. She says there are actually a lot of opportunities still available, you just need to be looking in the right places.

"We also are encouraging that they look at those in-demand industries that are currently on the front line and are ramping up. So think healthcare, you know, we need as many people as we can to start looking at the healthcare industry not just in medical but in all of those careers that support the healthcare industry from finance all the way through to their operations," she says.

If you are one of the lucky people still in the interview process for a new job or internship, Brooks says to use technology to your advantage even if things don't go exactly as planned.

Brooks says there is hope for those in college looking to get jobs and internships, just reach out to your local universities or the Hampton Roads Workforce Council for any extra help.