By Deniece Griffin
Lee Cantor host of GSU ENI Radio sat down with, Assistant Dean Jason Aldrich of Robinson’s Career Advancement and Strategic Partnerships to discuss how they are helping undergraduate and graduate students navigate the job market in these unprecedented times.
Aldrich stated that even though some companies have delayed offers or rescinded them, many others are finding creative ways to offer solutions to keep their commitments and hire nonetheless.
His advice to recent graduates is first take a step back and assess the situation. Secondly, he recommends recent grads outline proactive steps of what they should do. For example, working with the GSU Career Center staff who can assist them one-on-one virtually and look at various options. Also, he recommends activating your mentor network.
Some students have decided to go back to school and others have chosen to find new opportunities.
Additional resources available to GSU students include:
- HandShake (high-quality jobs and internships for companies large and small are posted)
- Attending events and workshops to improve/enhance skills (many are free and virtual)
Aldrich stressed that moving your career forward means time commitment…you will need to put some effort into it if you wish to be successful.
Finally, when asked “What is GSU’s secret sauce? What’s unique about GSU graduates?”, Mr. Aldrich said, “they’re really prepared to work and not afraid to get the job done and they are willing to do what it takes to help that organization. They have a lack of entitlement which is unique – a gritty-ness.” He went on to say, “We have one of the largest most diverse population talent pools in the country, within the Business school.” He calls it, “organic diversity and it’s who we are.”
To hear the entire interview, listen in here.