Advice for the class of 2020 – 3 things you can do if you haven’t got a job

A Millennial’s Diary
6 min readJun 1, 2020

This blog post is to motivate and inspire the class of 2020 during this difficult time. Do share with any graduates or early-stage career professionals you know!

Dear Class of 2020,

I feel for you!

It is not easy to be graduating amid a global pandemic. Whilst many of us remember graduating as a period of celebration and relief, you probably will not. Some of the best bits of university such as friendships, relationships, graduation, societies, volunteering, sports and socials cannot be replicated virtually.

The world is changing. We are in lockdown and your usual summer jobs waitressing or interning are likely no longer available.

The words of Seamus Heaney may comfort you ‘If we winter this one out, we can summer anywhere’. So I am writing this post alongside some kind contributors to remind you to have hope and stay positive!

Advice for the class of 2020 – Photo by Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash

Here are 3 things you can do if you haven’t got a job at this time:

Develop hobbies and start learning about yourself again

Final year is always tough! You probably had to step back from other university interests to focus on graduating well. Now you have the time to use the summer ahead to explore your hobbies again. How exciting! You will never just be defined by your grades or your job so keep these up.

I would also suggest reflecting on your learnings from university and documenting them in some way! Perhaps journaling, blogging or writing a letter to your past self.

Aligned to all of this is taking care of yourself, remember that you have spent 3 or 4 years working really hard and although you can’t jump on a plane to go on holiday, do find other ways to celebrate.

Here is some advice from Shenaid Tapper, a Project manager and
University of Birmingham Planning & Economics graduate.

‘Your mental health is as ever important during this time so try not to be too hard on yourself. You don’t need to be…

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