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The Impact of Covid-19 on Future Technology Graduates
May 22, 2020

The future for tech grads may look grim, but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s why.

There is no doubt that the technology graduates in 2020 have been dealt a setback in starting their careers by the COVID-19 pandemic. These students went from anticipating entering the hottest job market in decades to actually entering a period of unprecedented unemployment and uncertainty.

According to Jeff Selingo, three out of four college students reported that their summer plans or post-college plans disappeared due to the Coronavirus. During that same presentation, Christine Cruzvergara from Handshake stated that their data showed that 30 percent of students had their internships rescinded.

These statistics point to a growing problem for graduates in the class of 2021. Where will they get training in the in-demand technologies that hiring firms are seeking?

Colleges and universities do a great job of preparing their technology students in many ways, but they can’t be expected to train these students in the technologies that will be in demand when their graduates hit the job market. Technologies change too quickly and it takes too long to hire experts in those technologies and change curricula for higher education to respond to the market demand.

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One option for technology students has been to learn these technologies through internships summer work in the technology field. That option has been diminished greatly by Coronavirus.

In a recent phone call Mike McCay, Director of Career Development at Auburn University, pointed out that some of the internships that had not been canceled had been cut back to as little as two weeks, definitely not enough time to learn new technologies.

How will these future technology graduates learn to work in the technologies that are in demand in the current job market?

There are online coding courses available, some of them for free, to help individuals learn technologies on their own. This option can work, but a quick scan will show that many of the highest demand technologies aren’t offered in these formats. Also, self-directed online study works for some, but many struggle to learn in this format.

A growing option are companies, like SkillStorm, offering a hire-train-deploy model to new graduates. SkillStorm hires new graduates and trains them as Software Engineers in the most in-demand technologies. Once trained, SkillStorm places these Software Engineers with Fortune 500 companies in the U.S.

The true advantage of the SkillStorm model is that unlike bootcamps, they hire the new graduates and then train them. In as little as 6 weeks, SkillStorm can prepare a new graduate to take a position as a Software Engineer in technologies such as Java Full Stack and Pega.

While this model isn’t new to the industry, it is something many grads haven’t ever heard of. However, with the lack of opportunity for technology students to learn in-demand technologies during college, the hire-train-deploy model can quickly prepare them for a career in Software Engineering.

If this sounds like something you’re interested in, we’d love to share with you more about how you can become a Stormer! You can submit your information here and one of our recruiters will reach out shortly.


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