There are three categories of people having the worst period of their lives presently; the first category is made up of the people who have tested positive to the virus and are undergoing treatments as well as isolation, the second group are the essential workers like doctors, nurses and the hospital cleaners who in one way or the other tend to needs of the corona virus patients, The third and last group, however, are not getting as much recognition as the other two earlier stated, and these are the fresh college graduates. Graduating from college is always good news, while a pandemic had always been bad news. What then happens when you graduate college during a pandemic? Not too good news I suppose. This is the category I belong to, and I would love to share a few drawbacks that have stemmed from graduating in a pandemic; drawbacks that the college graduates among us can relate to.
1. We were ‘harshly’ released into the real world.
For people who have spent four to five years in college going through thick and thin to come out with good grades, I must say that graduating virtually was the harshest and most hostile manner to appreciate our efforts and send us off to the labor force. Though it’s not anybody’s fault that we’re in this mess, fact remains that this year’s graduation didn’t take place the way we expected it to and that memory will surely stick for a long while.
2. The prospects of finding a job are lower than usual
In a pandemic-stricken economy where some companies are laying their workers off and employees are willingly accepting a pay-cut, where will a graduate start from? Job opportunities are almost not available and if a country like the United States has over 30 million people filing for unemployment, what would be the case for the third world/underdeveloped countries, and even much worse what is the way forward for their graduates?
This is probably the biggest disadvantage of being a member of the “Class of 2020” as there’s almost nothing to do. Well, there are hobbies to engage in but the problem is how well can my hobby be converted into a money-making venture or worse still, how long will it take before I get bored of my “Hobby”?
4. The fierce battle for creativity
“When life gives you a lemon, make lemonade” life has had the opportunity to throw lemons at everyone with this pandemic, but are all of us making lemonades? Definitely not. With getting a job not on the list this period, the next option available to a fresh graduate is to put creativity and talent into adequate use, but there’s also a saying that talent may be universal, but opportunities are not. In the end, there’s a battle to be creative and also the struggle to get your creativity to provide you with amazing opportunities.
5. Help is limited, or not even available at all
This quarantine has been a handful for everyone so presently it’s every man to himself, thereby hampering the means to any form of help to anyone, talk less of fresh graduates. Financial, mental or any form of help is almost not available because no one is in the right state of mind. In a period like this, it is an understatement to say that the class of 2020 is going through it because it is a terrible period.
On the bright side, some countries have started to overcome the corona virus and pick the pieces. Others are getting ready to do the same, too, and one can only hope for the best to come. The best of times when there would be light at the end of the tunnel for graduates like me all over the world.