Online panel: how can universities help graduates survive the Covid jobs crisis?

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The coronavirus pandemic is reshaping the labour market, the UK economy and workplace culture. While some industries are thriving, others are barely surviving. Young people will be among the most affected by this shift, with internships cancelled and fewer entry-level jobs available, including for graduates. So how can universities equip graduating students with the skills and knowledge they need to find a job in some of the toughest economic circumstances in memory?

To explore this in depth, the Guardian, supported by Adobe, is hosting an online panel discussion between 1-2pm on 24 November. The panel, which is open to higher education professionals as well as the general public, will include an opportunity to ask questions to our expert panellists. To attend, please register for the event.

How can universities help graduates survive the Covid jobs crisis?

This panel will discuss:

  • Is there such a thing as future-proof skills, and what are they?

  • Which industries currently offer the most opportunities for graduates?

  • How can universities prepare their students for the remote workplace?

  • How should careers advisors respond to the pandemic?

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  • Should students choose their degrees based on what they love or what they think will get them a job?

  • Can graduates create their own jobs?

Panellists are:

  • Chair: Rachel Hall, universities editor, the Guardian

  • Prof Alec Cameron, vice-chancellor, Aston University

  • Mark Andrews, pedagogical evangelist, Adobe

  • Tanya de Grunwald, journalist, founder of Graduate Fog and author of How to Get a Graduate Job in a Pandemic

  • Stephen Isherwood, chief executive, Institute of Student Employers

  • Mahel Khan, student and education vlogger

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