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This time of year marks the end of the school year for most students. And for those graduating from college, it marks their official step into the adult world and post-graduate life.
In any normal year, graduates are feeling the full spectrum of feelings — excitement, pride, nervousness, and even fear for what the future holds. But this past year one of those emotions eclipsed all the others — an overwhelming sense of anxiety amid a challenging job market after a complicated year of virtual learning.
Carol Lwali, the Associate Director of External Relations for Seattle University’s career center elaborates:
“This time last year, the picture was quite bleak. It couldn't have been more different than the way that year had began. I'd say at the beginning of 2020, it was going to be some of the best job markets and three months, four months in, it turned out to be quite dismal.”
A number of students lost internships their junior year — a pivotal time for those looking to secure a job after graduation. Last month, Pew Research published a study that found 69% of adults between the ages of 20-29 who had graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree or higher the previous spring were employed. That number was down from 78% in 2019.
Read the full story on our website and register for our virtual event next Wednesday, June 9 featuring Christine Tang, Executive Director of Families of Color Seattle; Regina Malveaux, Director of the Washington Women’s Commission, Office of the Governor; and Vai Paleso’o, Vaccine Ambassador, UTOPIA Washington.
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