The future of work placements and internships in the post-pandemic era

The recent pandemic has changed the postsecondary climate and with it, the learning experience of countless students across the globe. Lectures and classes have moved online, college festivals and graduation ceremonies are virtual, and campus community is often digital.

The pandemic has also changed another part of post-secondary life—student internships and work placements. Internships and work placements are essential for gaining industry experience and securing well-paid roles.

Colleges and universities are working hard to adapt to our current working world. A survey by Prospects Luminate reported that many colleges are going out of their way to make viable jobs during pandemic visible and sharing reassuring and motivating messages.

What can you do to secure a work placement?

Quite a bit!You can ensure you are well-prepared for the job. Depending on your post-secondary institution, you can also seek assistance from your school’s Career Services Center for additional interview tips and suggestions.

Here are some great suggestions to make the best of the current situation and prepare yourself for the right student placements during COVID when they come.

1.    Be hopeful for your future

Many employers worldwide, including industry giants like Google, Disney and Amazon are still committed to recruiting students for work placements.

Many companies are adopting time-appropriate recruiting strategies, including virtual onboarding programs and flexibility around joining dates. This includes policies that facilitate a planned transition from a physical office to a remote working set-up. Additionally, there are strategies being set up to facilitate those changing jobs during the pandemic.

This is all to say: be optimistic. Keep applying for suitable internship positions, and something interesting will come of it.

2.    Utilize the career support services of your post-secondary institution

Now that fewer work placement positions are available, the competition around them has geared up too. This means half-made job profiles and incomplete resumes don’t stand a chance at all.

An excellent place to start upgrading your resume will be with your post-secondary institution’s career services department. Most career centers offer job assistance programs like virtual practice interviews and curriculum vitae (CV) writing workshops which can help you polish yourself as a candidate.

Apart from relying on your post-secondary placements, you can also visit your preferred employers’ websites and familiarize yourself with company buzzwords. This way, you can better demonstrate your ‘fitness’ for the job in your interviews.

In search of a good program that offers excellent work-placement as part of the curriculum? With the co-op programs from the Toronto School of Management (TSoM), you needn’t worry about getting a job during COVID pandemic.

The co-op programs include a hands-on learning approach that prepares you for the business world. The mandatory co-op module ensures you have the relevant work experience of the industry even before you graduate.

That’s not all! TSoM has a dedicated career services team that can let you transition smoothly from your classroom to the corporate world. You can explore a myriad of career assistance programs from one-on-one resume assistance, career development workshops, job fairs, networking events and trade shows.

The Career Services team also offers numerous tools and resources to help you overcome the pandemic’s job challenges.

Click here to learn more about the career assistance programs at TSoM.

3.    Utilize your free time for networking and growing industry contacts

There is no substitute for networking when it comes to job-hunting. You can get the best insights into a company’s recruitment process by interacting with those who have gone through it themselves.

When applying for an internship somewhere, try to talk to the current interns regarding their work experience and efforts to land in the company. There are many networking platforms like LinkedIn that can help you reach out to them.

Apart from current employees, you can also connect with some industry experts to get your dose of motivation and career tips and tricks. You will receive hands-on and authentic advice about what you can expect from a position.

You can do so much more to secure an internship or work placement in your preferred company. Organize your job search process meticulously and keep updating your knowledge through relevant programs. Also, remember not to take rejection to heart and use the feedback to further improve yourself.