The majority of employers who offer graduate training programmes have made it clear that they intend continuing with recruitment activities next year, though are not yet able to confirm hiring numbers. Realistically, we anticipate a drop for certain sectors, while it’s clear that opportunities are likely to open up in others. This means it could be a good time to reassess your plans, make sure you stay in touch with what’s going on in the job market, think about the sectors that are likely to grow in light of COVID-19, if there are opportunities and options of interest that you had not previously considered. We talk often about having a back-up plan – while it is perfectly reasonable to continue to explore opportunities you’ve already identified; it also makes sense to consider alternatives at this point.
If you already have professional experience, keeping abreast of what’s going on in the sectors of interest and the plans of individual employers is very important – as is your willingness to consider adapting your own plans to the realities of a developing situation. Be ready to fully leverage your existing skills and experience, so ensure you understand clearly their value to a given employer. Using this time to build your professional network will be very beneficial.