It goes without saying that the COVID – 19 pandemic has changed the way that we work over the past 18 months. For graduates, this might mean that the start of your career looks a little different than you thought it might.
Acas (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) who work to improve workplace relationships have published the results of their employer survey on working practices after the pandemic. Their survey found that:
- over half of employers (55%) expect an increase in staff working from home or remotely part of the week
- nearly half of employers (49%) expect an increase in staff working from home or remotely all week
What does this mean for graduates? Many employers are advertising their roles as a combination of home and office based working at the moment, and this looks set to continue in 2021. As part of the application process, employers will generally explain what this might look like for you as a new hire, with many organisations having specific support in place for new graduate employees. This can include having a buddy or mentor, in-person training programs to help you get started in your new role and helpful tech such as Teams or Slack to keep you connected to your new colleagues. So, while things may be a little different from the traditional workplace environment, lots of employers are highly invested in supporting their graduate employees.
However you might be feeling about remote working, the Careers and Employability Team can support and advise you on looking for flexible roles, tips on working from home, preparing for virtual interviews and lots more.
Book a chat with us via My Career Enriched: https://mycareerenriched.cumbria.ac.uk