University Graduates Are Being Dropped from Jobs Before They Even Start

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Leaving university usually signals the end of twice-weekly hangovers and the beginning of exciting new opportunities, but not for this year’s cohort of graduates. As the coronavirus crisis forces thousands out of work, many university grads will struggle to secure any form of employment. But for others, positions they thought were in the bag months ago have been scrapped entirely, causing a new level of worry in an already overly competitive job market.

Scarlett had gained a spot on a graduate scheme in November 2019, just a couple of months into her final year of university. However, when the coronavirus pandemic first became a cause for concern back in March, she started to worry. In May, she emailed the company who had offered her the position, but was reassured that it was still available. 

“I felt immediate relief and was taking the extra time

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More tech jobs to come as MCI steps up job creation for fresh graduates, mid-career professionals

SINGAPORE: More jobs will be available in growth areas like cloud computing and artificial intelligence as Singapore accelerates the creation of jobs in the ICT sector and across the economy, said Information and Communications Minister S Iswaran on Wednesday (Aug 26).

The jobs for both fresh graduates and mid-career professionals will be in areas like cybersecurity, data analytics, software and network engineering, as well as executive roles in business transformation for companies going digital, Mr Iswaran said.

President Halimah Yacob said on Monday that securing jobs is a priority for the Government over the next few years amid the economic challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) will be ramping up placements, traineeships and

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why we should be very worried that Hong Kong’s fresh graduates can’t find jobs

Some very senior leaders I have spoken to recently, from both the private and public sectors, are quick to dismiss the alarming unemployment rate among fresh graduates in Hong Kong as just another recession-related anomaly that will correct itself when the economy picks up. They said the Class of 2020 is no different from the Financial Crisis Class of 2009, or the Sars Class of 2003, when the severe acute respiratory syndrome epidemic hit.

I respectfully – and wholeheartedly – disagree. The Class of 2020 is not your typical recession-hit class. This year brings new challenges that need to be addressed with fresh perspectives, rather than stopgap measures that may have worked in the past. The problems may persist (or get worse) well into the Class of 2021 and beyond, creating a disengaged generation with chronic unemployability. This is sad but true; this structural problem, if left unaddressed, would become

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