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Universities prepare students to hunt for jobs in a world of remote work

Posted at 8:05 PM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 20:05:29-05

EAST LANSING, Mich. — College students across the country are studying to prepare for what many call the real world, but, because of the pandemic, that world is quickly becoming a digital one.

Remote work has become the norm in many industries, and some people are convinced that’s how it will stay.

John Chuang is the CEO of Aquint, a staffing company that has switched their hiring process to fit the remote model.

“Remote work has really changed the job market. There used to be hundreds of separate job markets … but in March, because of COVID, overnight that changed,” Chuang said.

Sam Britten is a senior at Michigan State University. He says the change was a big adjustment for his peers at first.

“I feel bad for the kids who were trying to get a job back in May. We were two months into the pandemic. I don’t want to say things are under control but, at least now we feel like we have a better grasp on things,” Britten said.

Jeffrey Beavers is the executive director of career services at Michigan State University and he says the reality of working remotely could stick around even after the pandemic.

“We think a number of these job functions that have shifted to be remote will continue to be so in the near future. And there’s a number of reasons for that. There’s obviously some cost reduction and efficiency gained from that,” Beavers said.

The university hosted twenty virtual career fairs since this past spring with record turn out from recruiters and students.

“We’re finding that they’re excited and they’re participating more in virtual events like career fairs,” Beavers continued.

As the fight to control the coronavirus continues, Beavers says that businesses will likely continue to lean on the remote model and universities are working hard to get their students ready for it.

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