It’s no surprise if I told you that the job market has changed post COVID-19. The
global pandemic affected many things, almost every aspect of our lives including the
economy and the workplace, but what does this mean for the new generation of
employees? How will graduates prepare for this huge change, and how is the
industry adapting to the changes in order to teach young people the new way of
learning and working.
It’s fair to say that the competition for jobs and internships is higher than ever, the
pandemic left many being made redundant and unable to find work. Even though
there were many schemes put in place by the government, there are still many
struggling to find work. According to Flynn (2020), graduates may be forced to take
on a lower status or little to no paid position in order to secure employment. Despite
the government’s continuous plans about getting young people into employment,
students need to take on roles that they may not have thought about before covid.
What is the new normal?
Changes started being implemented in 2020, but what changes will stick around for
the foreseeable future? Spiggle (2021) states that the biggest change has to be the
dramatic increase in remote work. He states that before the pandemic, ’20% of
employees worked from home most of the time’ and as of ‘late 2020, more than 70%
were doing most of their work from home.’ Now of course working from home has its
benefits, no more commuting, won’t have to spend as much money and more
freedom and flexibility but it doesn’t necessarily mean that this percentage will rise.
Spiggle (2021) believes this is due to many employees preferring a work
environment. Don’t get me wrong, many employees probably will continue to work
from home but we can’t guarantee everyone will as companies have been
increasingly monitoring employees. Therefore many employers would prefer
employees to be in an office so they can track how much work they’re doing, and
doing what they’re supposed to.
Another new norm is the increase of independent learning. This isn’t just in the
workplace but with students too. Many people have to teach themselves or adapt
their skill sets to new positions. The need for reskillng and upskilling is increasing
due to the pandemic, people have to take skills that they already had, or knowledge
and change them slightly in order to move forward in their career. The pandemic has
pretty much put a stop to face to face learning which means people have to use their
own initiative and take on challenges they probably wouldn’t have to face in the work
environment. For example laptop issues, using new online tools, our technical skills
are one of many that have had to increase massively.
This is just one of many changes that could stick around for the future. Unfortunately
there are things that the pandemic didn’t change in the workplace such as
discrimination, harassment and work creeps (Spiggle, 2021) but employees may still
feel more comfortable working from home in regards to this. Graduates are said to
be the ‘entrepreneurs of the future’ (Flynn, 2020) and are preparing for the future by
keeping up with the rapid changes, latest trends and ideas. They can learn a lot from
the pandemic in terms of their own skills and applying everyday challenges to the
At Chipkoo we are entirely aware of all these changes, our aim in general is to help
prepare the ‘future entrepreneurs’ for the rapidly changing job market. Working with
the dynamics, adapting their skills set and changing their knowledge that they learnt
in college or university into real work scenarios, as this is not something they teach
in University. We offer a range of internships that allow young people to learn from
this pandemic, teaching them what it will be like when everyone does start to go
back to work, what may be different and what may stay the same, what to do and
what not to do throughout the start of their career. We aim to work with coronavirus
in the workplace, and not against it and really help young people be prepared for the
Flynn. C. (2020), What the post COVID-19 job market might look like for graduates.
Retrieved from: https://luminate.prospects.ac.uk/what-the-post-covid-19-job-market-
Spiggle, T. (2021). The Post-Coronavirus Workplace: What The ‘New Normal’ May
look Like. Retrieved from: https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomspiggle/2021/02/17/the-