DID YOU KNOW:
- Pre-pandemic, 5% full-time employees with office jobs worked from home. Post-pandemic, 30% full-time employees with office jobs will be remote.
- 60% of pandemic-related business closures are now permanent.
- 86% of U.S. jobs vulnerable to pandemic-related pay cuts, lost hours, and layoffs are held by workers earning less than $40K.
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the U.S. hard and fast, fundamentally changing the way we shop, eat, work, and learn. As college students of all ages enter academia to create more and better opportunities for themselves and their families, their choice of courses, careers, and even schools is under heavy scrutiny. What is this new-traditional student sector to do in a world of shifting professional expectations, transitioning societal habits, and the recalibration of online learning? Adaptation is driving students’ decisions to pursue higher education, but what will the evolution look like for these future workers?
From February to April 2020, the U.S. unemployment rate surged from 3.5% to 14.7% on industry instability fears and a drastically lower demand for services – that’s the highest overall level of unemployment since the Great Depression. In April, the U.S. unemployment rate peaked at 21% for high-school-educated workers. This is about 3x higher than the unemployment rate of college-educated workers in the same time frame. Though these numbers seem dire, this scenario presents the best-kept secret to post-pandemic success: Adding skills now can increase your marketability to employers as the nation and unemployment rates look to recover.
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COVID-19 has created more than just health problems. As history continues to play out, this year represents the most uncertain times we have seen in generations in terms of career sustainability and advancement. Even today, with unemployment on the rebound in some sectors, jobless numbers are still unprecedented as we struggle with health, wellness, job and financial security, and societal instability.
But with these struggles come opportunity. Academic institutions around the country – not just your local elementary school – are adapting programs and operations to make education more accessible. Government programs are easing the financial burden of college-level degrees and certificate programs. Workplaces are evolving to accept more technological solutions to solve modern problems. And these factors are converging to benefit motivated workers willing to gain impactful skillsets.
The reality is that COVID-19 will continue to impact our job culture for the foreseeable future. Now is the time to look beyond that horizon. Career-oriented professionals can today expand knowledge, learn marketable skills, and gain power in terms of salary, promotions, and even full career changes as our world evolves toward the new normal.
We will emerge from COVID-19 – but you can emerge stronger with NHTI.
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