Great Advice for Grads 2021

CONSIDER ALTERNATIVE CAREER PATHS “COVID-19 is unlike anything we have seen, so you have to be flexible,” says Glenn Hellenga, director of career and employability resources at Tri-County Technical College in South Carolina. That might mean working in a short-term contract role in your field or accepting a job that is completely outside your career path. After all, you’ve got bills to pay. Taking a detour doesn’t mean abandoning your goals entirely. Instead, find opportunities to develop the tools you’ll need for your dream job. Pick up freelancing gigs, find volunteer opportunities and proactively seek out projects wherever you land. “You can show that you’ve been actively pursuing, enhancing and honing your skills,” Rodenbaugh-Schaub says. “Employers love that.”

The article How to Stand Out in a Tough Job Market was written by NerdWallet on June 12, 2020 and was originally published by The Associated Press.

KELSEY SHEEHY is a writer at NerdWallet.


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