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2020 graduating class adjusting to virtual ceremonies, tough job market

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Posted at 4:07 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 13:24:22-04

NEW YORK — The class of 2020 is adjusting to significant changes from online courses to virtual graduations.

They’re also faced with one of the toughest job markets in a generation.

Alexa Shoen was a college student during the economic downturn of 2008. She wrote a book about the lessons she learned called #ENTRYLEVELBOSS.

“I stumbled through the beginning of my career, and I don't want the graduates of the class of 2020 to have to go through the same thing,” Shoen told PIX11 News.

“The first tip has got to be to breathe.”

Shoen advises looking for jobs in industries that do well during recessions.

“There are probably hundreds of jobs going if not thousands of jobs at grocery stores all around the country, not just on the front lines but in their headquarters.”

BJ’s Wholesale Club, COSTCO, ShopRite, Wegmans and Whole Foods are looking for new employees. Shoen says other companies to explore include Peloton and Netflix.

Available opportunities “may be in positions that college grads did not originally think they were aspiring to, but any of these jobs, whats important for them is to actually build transferable skills,” explained Jill Tipograph, co-founder of Early Stage Careers.

Skill building may also come from unpaid positions, Tipograph explained, “try to find the jobs that you're looking for, and find them in a volunteer capacity so that you can actually simulate the work.”

Universities also offer valuable resources. Fran Berrick, Founder of Spearmint Coaching points out “the career service center at any of these colleges is where they should start because their alumni network is there to help.”