DGHE & Coronavirus

Updates on Career Opportunities During COVID 19

May 21, 2020 | General| Students Career Progression


Dear Students,

Welcome to the fifth edition of the DGHE Careers Blog!

I recently took part in a webinar regarding job opportunities for students in the current crisis and I wanted to share some of the discussion with you here.  One of the key speakers was Charlie Ball who is Head of Higher Education Intelligence at Jisc.  This is some of what he had to say about the different career sectors…

It is no surprise that post-graduate study applications are predicted to increase as current students seek to gain further qualifications in order to be better qualified once we emerge from the crisis.

Vacancy data shows that job vacancies are down 60%, however 53,000 vacancies were added last week, so this is not a signal to stop applying as the graduate labour market has not ceased.  The sectors most affected are non-graduate including hospitality, beauty and events (although this sector may be able to adapt).  Downturns always affect the least qualified the hardest.

And good news for DGHE students…

In terms of sectors doing well…  health care vacancies are going up as all sorts of health care professionals will be needed including allied health, dietitians and occupational therapists, etc.  So do consider further study in these areas.

The public services are all recruiting including paramedics.

In the financial services – some say this is an opportunity for this sector as they can be agile and pivot to offering debt and insolvency services.  The Irland Revenue will recruit in a staggered way over the next few months as they are short of staff and the government needs to keep taking our taxes!

If any of you are interested in teaching, work experience for new teachers will be challenging, however the new year seven is the largest for a long time so more teachers will be needed.

And from the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) …  The current crisis is particularly critical for cultural and creative sectors due to the sudden and massive loss of revenue opportunities, especially for the more fragile players. Some sectors benefit from public support (e.g. public museums, libraries, theatres) but may experience significant budget shortfalls. The sector includes major multinational companies with sustainable revenues (e.g. Netflix), but many small companies and freelance professionals essential for the sector could face bankruptcy. This crisis creates a structural threat to the survival of many firms and workers in cultural and creative production.

However, today, more than ever, the importance of culture and creativity for society is clear. The availability of cultural content contributes to mental health and well-being, and many cultural institutions have provided online and free content in recent weeks for that purpose. Sustainable business models during and after the initial crisis are imperative for the sector’s survival. Leaving behind the more fragile part of the sector could cause irreparable economic and social damage. The current challenge is to design public supports that alleviate the negative impacts in the short term and help identify new opportunities in the medium term for different public, private and non-profit sectors engaged in cultural and creative production.

In terms of geographical areas which are likely to be the hardest hit, regionally disadvantaged areas will suffer most.  London will take the smallest hit, however some areas like Bradford and Leicester where there are mixed economies will also be hit less hard.

So, a mixed message, but not all bad.  Do keep studying and working hard, although at times this might be tricky!  Keep looking forward, thinking and planning your career and how you would like it to be.  If you need any support at all with any career-related matter do contact me at angela.kinloch@dghe.ac.uk   I have been successfully working with students using Zoom, email and the telephone.

Best wishes,

Angela Kinloch,

Careers & Employability Consultant, DGHE