College seniors weigh-in on job hunt during pandemic

Published: Apr. 20, 2020 at 9:29 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 15, 2020 at 9:28 AM CDT
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KIRKSVILLE, MO (KYOU) - The spread of COVID-19 is shifting the college-to-career pipeline for soon-to-be graduates. Some of those students, whose professional plans have been uprooted, attend Truman State University.

“The job search is definitely hard,” said Josh Jackson, a senior on the TSU football team. He is one of millions of college students who has everything lined up, except a job offer.

“I have to find an internship before I graduate for the summer; and it’s been hard to do that. A lot of people are turning me down because they don’t know what COVID-19 is going to bring—they don’t know if they’ll need interns,” Jackson explained.

The spread of coronavirus has caused graduation to be rescheduled, but not the job hunt. Haley Mills, also a soon to be grad at Truman State, depended on her campus job to pay bills. But since campus closed many facilities employing students, she had no choice but to move out of state in hopes of better job opportunities.

“They didn’t technically fire us they just reduced our pay to zero. And with a reduction of hours for part-time employees, you’re not eligible for any kind of unemployment,” said Mills.

16 million people in the United States have already applied for unemployment as many businesses are on a hiring freeze. This leaves soon-to-be graduates like Mills and Jackson, wondering what their next move could be.

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