Above: A graphic created by graphic design major Caitlyn Miracle ’20 for the virtual Senior Design Showcase.
Our Career Resource Center, always a key service available to recent graduates, current students and alumni, has been indispensable to the Lesley community during a time when the only thing certain about the job market is that it’s full of uncertainty.
“They want a combination of information and inspiration. As career coaches, we are providing both,” says Alice Diamond, associate dean for Career and Community Service. “My staff and I are checking in with students and alumni through career coaching appointments on how they’re doing during this difficult time before we jump into the job search.”
Our career coaching staff, which includes Alison Angell, senior associate director, and Jessica Courtney, associate director, have been meeting with students and alumni through Zoom since the pandemic began.
Those check-ins have been a big help for Adam Holt ’20, who received his master’s degree in counseling and psychology this spring. Holt, who works in an administrative role at Boston Medical Center, had his resume ready, but stalled when it came to penning a cover letter.
“It’s hard to imagine starting in quarantine, going through orientation and meeting potential new clients in quarantine,” he says. “(Alice) helped me give myself the break about feeling bizarre during this time.”
The news isn’t all bad
“Yes, it’s hard to find a job, and we’ve had people getting job offers,” Diamond says. “It’s a nuanced, complex situation.”
With on-campus career fairs canceled this spring, Diamond and her team created three virtual events that connected soon-to-be-graduates with 119 employers via Know.Careers, a job fair app, and Remo.co, a conference platform. Alumni and current students have access to Handshake, an online career platform, continues to feature new postings daily. The Career Resource Center also ran three virtual job search sessions for recent alumni.
“Some employers are on hold, but when we surveyed our employers before setting up virtual career fairs, the majority said they’re reviewing resumes, scheduling phone or video interviews and/or making job offers,” says Diamond. “Depending on the industry, employers don’t want to just grind everything to a halt right now.”
In fact, she said human services, such as counseling and psychology — fields many of our graduates have trained for — are still in demand.
“We’re trying to hire as many people as possible as our services are needed more each day,” one employer told Diamond.
Diamond says that employers have expressed interest in a variety of candidates, from animators and creative writers to designers and nonprofit workers.
School districts continue to review applications, she says, noting, “While there’s a lot of uncertainty…there will be school in the fall.”