‘Recruitment is on hold’: the students graduating into the Covid-19 recession

Justine Tanomjit, a commercial law student at Aberystwyth University, was headhunted for a job as an insurance broker that would have begun in June. Two weeks ago she got a call saying the interview was cancelled. “I feel so sad and frustrated. I’d been nervous about leaving uni and getting an interview was really exciting,” she says.

Many are in similar positions. Alice Cole (not her real name) is in her final year at the University of Brighton and wanted to go into the NGO sector as a researcher. She was feeling confident about her prospects after graduation and there were jobs available, but the outlook has changed rapidly. “Because of coronavirus, funding for NGOs is getting smaller and there are fewer jobs at entry-level positions,” she says. “It won’t be possible anymore.” ‘A weird time’: students tell of a future snatched away

Read more Students are starting to realise they will be graduating into a global recession . According to the Institute of Student Employers (ISE), many firms have scaled down their recruitment of entry-level staff and more than a quarter of businesses are reducing the number of graduates they hire this year.

While some firms are moving assessments and interviews online, the majority have cancelled them. “Thousands of young people are supposed to be entering the labour market from July and they could be left without work and nothing to do while coronavirus is sorted out,” says Stephen Isherwood, chief executive of the ISE. “We need to make sure that a whole generation isn’t lost.”

One graduate recruiter says they have already retracted offers. “Firms are being realistic and most are putting recruitment on hold. No one wants to offer an opportunity which might not be there in three months’ time.”

Routes into graduate jobs have also been affected. Short-term work such as internships and placements will be reduced by almost a third, say the ISE, and 68% of firms have cancelled work experience and taster opportunities. As a result, almost 40% of students are now worried they won’t be able to get a job at all.

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Thanks to UTEP-EPISD partnership, Franklin students one step closer to careers in law

A career in law is one step closer to reality for six Franklin students thanks to a partnership between EPISD and the University of Texas at El Paso, which is preparing the high-schoolers to become certified paralegals.

The six seniors, enrolled in Franklin’s legal studies pathway, are nearly finished with the online course, which was contracted through UTEP and conducted by JER Online Workforce Certification and Courses. The students expect to take the certification exam in the coming weeks.

“These certifications help elevate the offerings of programs for future students at the magnet school, make them better prepared for their field of study and employable right out of high school,” said Franklin assistant principal Gabriela Marquez. “At the current time, we are the only high school in El Paso and only one of three for the entire state that offers such a program since there are typically barriers that prevent high schools from being able to take part in certification programs such as this.”

Marquez worked on the collaboration with the UTEP’s Continuing Education Department to find a way to be able allow students to complete the certification while still enrolled in high school. Tom Lott, who spent 28 years as an FBI agent before becoming a teacher, facilitates the certification course at Franklin and is currently preparing them for the certification exam with materials he receives from JER.

“It’s set up online but during class time we go over the chapters and discuss it,” Lott said. “It’s a tremendous amount of reading but they are excited and motivated to finish this course. “

The total cost of the program is $1,400 per student. Franklin covered half the cost and students made payments to cover the balance. Marquez said they are working with UTEP to find financial assistance for those students who might not be able to pay – especially considering that next school year enrollment is expected to jump to 30 students.

Despite the cost, the students know the advantage the program gives them for their future.

“My love and passion for law is what made me decide to take this paralegal certification course,” […]

Legal Recruiting In The Time Of COVID-19

(Image via Getty) It is funny how a couple of weeks can not only change the world but this column. When I was mulling over topics for my next Above the Law entry, I thought I wanted to discuss students at certain elite law schools protesting some Biglaw firms during recruitment dinners because of those firms representation of oil companies that are, rightly, seen as contributing to the existential global crisis known as climate change. While I hope to come back to that topic in the not too-distant future because it is important and interesting — though I am not exactly sure what my take would be on the subject, other than students should protest if they want while other students should attend the recruiting dinner if they want — a discussion of one existential global crisis has been overtaken by the need to discuss another existential global crisis. Whether you refer to it as the coronavirus, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, or some geographic nomenclature like “Wuhan Virus” because you are a terrible person , this global pandemic has fundamentally changed the lives of almost everyone in the United States and the rest of the world for at least the short-term, if not longer. Odds are that those reading this, be they lawyer, law student, or somewhere in-between, have been quarantined inside their own residence for a period of time with no real end in sight — an exception here might be for those Above the Law readers who reside in South Korea, kudos to you all for having a competent government. Those of you in the rest of the world have probably become an expert in Zoom and, depending on the number of small children also marooned in your residence, have either taken up several new hobbies, binged most of the offerings from the Peak TV era, wondered if there is a limit to the number of times you can read Isaac Chotiner vivisect Richard Epstein in The New Yorker (there is not), scoured the internet for news on the status of Above the Law founder and COVID-19 survivor David […]

Notre Dame Law School Doubles Down On Hare-Brained Grading Scheme

This is not depicting a touchdown, it’s a depiction of throwing up hands in frustration with this policy. It probably seemed like a good idea at the time.

When Notre Dame decided on its amended grading policy for this semester , there was a lot of uncertainty out there. The T14 hadn’t yet fully coalesced around a single standard. The overwhelming majority of law schools hadn’t yet fully followed suit. Employers and judges hadn’t yet started publicly admitting that they weren’t going to use Pass/Fail grades against anyone this semester. The school was in uncharted waters when they decided to offer students an optional Pass/Fail that would apply to the whole semester, but only exercisable before grading.

It’s a bad policy. It exposes law students to undue scrutiny by signaling to employers that anyone who took a Pass this semester must have thought themselves “at risk” of a bad grade which is as bad as just getting a subpar grade, but even worse because it may or may not reflect reality — particularly if the student has excelled in most classes but opted for Pass/Fail because one specific class is being taught by a professor who is struggling with distance learning or something. But in uncertain times, we shouldn’t be afraid to make mistakes. The policy sounded good at first blush, but now that everyone’s had a chance to game this idea out and we have input from the wisdom of crowds (and make no mistake, all the other law schools at least considered this policy before thinking through all its repercussions and going with mandatory Pass/Fail) there’s no excuse for clinging to it other than pride.

Which is, Notre Dame should know, one of the seven deadly sins.

But a message to students last night from assistant dean Kevin O’Rear clarified that the institution isn’t going to confront the mountain of evidence piling up around it and will double down on their policy like it was Ptolemaic Geocentrism, baby. Do only a third of students prefer the mandatory Pass/Fail option? If they did, that was a long time ago. A poll taken […]

Law School Marches On Pretending That Anyone Cares About Grades This Semester

With the University of Chicago finally dropping its Quixotic commitment to maintaining the curve after it looked around and realized all the serious and responsible schools had moved to mandatory Pass/Fail, it looked as though the legal academy had finally achieved real consensus. Professors are achieving varying levels of success in dealing with this, students face timezone challenges, and everyone may also be dealing with friends or family suffering at this time. If students are absorbing enough knowledge to be passable, that’s good enough right now — we can put aside figuring out who deserves sartorial honorifics right now.

But Baylor seems determined to charge ahead to accomplish… what exactly? Employers aren’t worried about a semester without letter grades. Judges aren’t worried about a semester without letter grades . Peer institutions don’t seem worried about a semester without letter grades.

At least the Baylor Law students recognize this and put together a petition to the administration outlining the entirely reasonable approach that almost every other law school has adopted at this point .

Defiantly though, the Baylor administration is going to stick with being an outlier. In a blog post last week, Baylor Law’s dean, Leah Teague, displayed almost inhuman levels of disconnect with the reality of legal academia: We’re now in our third week of online classes. Our faculty have been meeting (virtually, of course) every few days to make important decisions. We decided early on to stay with our grading system and to address accommodations on an individual basis. Because we are small – student population of 430 – we are better equipped to manage this decision. We spent the last three weeks determining what adjustments we can make to our policies and procedures to help our students. We quickly extended the exam period and doubled the normal number of reading days. Instead of our typically tight exam schedule, they now have a break every few days during the exam period providing more time to study in between exams. The school added days between exams. This is a “we see that you’re homeless and starving, here’s a coupon for a […]

The Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya Offers Local Students Chance to Win A $1,000 Scholarship

Today, the team of lawyers at the Law Offices of Diane Sawaya announces the opening of their fifth annual scholarship competition. One local high school student enrolled in a two- to five-year institution will be awarded the $1,000 scholarship to help fund their educational aspirations. Pursuing a degree from a higher education institution takes time and money. Fortunately, the local firm understands these burdens first-hand and is aiming to ease the pain for a Denver student looking to achieve his or her goals. Dianne Sawaya and her team of paralegals and lawyers received support while climbing the higher education ladder, and they wish to return the favor in the form of the 2020 Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya Safe Driver Scholarship

Whether you are a high school senior interested in studying biology, a current college student majoring in communications, or you are about to enter your first year of law school, the Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya wants to help enrich your future as you work to achieve your career aspirations. A minimum GPA is not required, so everyone who is enrolled for the 2020 school year has an equal opportunity to receive the award, regardless of past performances.

Applying for the award is as easy as practicing safe driving practices. Simply rev those creativity engines and draft an essay or record a short video to pair with a supplemental statement either explaining why you do not support or promote distracted driving or detailing how you prevent these dangerous driving habits and promote safe driving practices.

Visit https://dlslawfirm.com/scholarship/ to review the contest guidelines and to receive a dose of inspiration by reading the essays and watching the videos of previous award winners. Do not hesitate too long to submit your application: the deadline to apply is Sunday, May 31, 2020.

About The Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya

At the Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya, dedicated attorneys make their client’s safety, health, and well-being a priority. The firm’s attorneys work tirelessly to support people through their most difficult times–when they’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence. For more information, visit http://dlslawfirm.com, […]

You go, mom: Georgia Tech parent makes case for pass/fail amid pandemic

I am getting a lot of emails from unhappy college and grad students, mostly from Georgia Tech and the state’s public law schools . Those students are upset because the University System of Georgia has refused to offer a pass/fail option, as hundreds of colleges, including the most elite in the country, are doing.

Grades are critical to law students because their class rankings influence their job opportunities. Grades are important to Georgia Tech because, well, it’s Georgia Tech.

See my post about how the USG position on grading for the online courses now underway is at odds with many other places.

Most colleges have acknowledged that not all students have returned to home situations that support distance learning. Many are giving their students the choice of a letter grade or pass/fail.

Local Georgia Tech parent Cynthia Stuckey sent me a note about her concerns, which I asked if I could share here. She hits all the key points about why a pass/fail option is needed, and I hope USG will consider her persuasive arguments.

By Cynthia Stuckey

My oldest child is in his second year at Georgia Tech, and I remain concerned for a number of reasons about the refusal to allow a pass/fail option.

First, while mental health concerns are certainly germane to all college students, Georgia Tech, in particular, has struggled to find its footing vis a vis appropriate resource allocation on the issue of student mental health.

That the adequacy of the Institute’s response to these mental health concerns has been written of in the AJC some half dozen times in the last 18 months only highlights the significant work to be done. Surely, in this time of national crisis, when the only thing of which most of us are certain is our own overwhelming sense of uncertainty, it should not be difficult to recognize the inordinate emotional weight under which many students are laboring.That the allowance of a one-semester accommodation in grading policy seems an insurmountable obstacle for the USG begs the question of how seriously our state universities are taking the mental health of students. This is particularly hard to […]

If One Good Thing Could Come From This Damn Virus…

One of the hats I’ve worn in my career is that of an educator. Whether it was training new attorneys and paralegals, teaching academic classes, or just coaching someone in a current or future role, I’ve been teaching for decades.

And I’ve spent the better part of the past 10 years working to convince law school and paralegal school leaders -– frankly, anyone who’d listen — that online education (aka distance learning) is the future. It’s the big disrupter that the education business needs. Now, with the unprecedented COVID-19 virus, it seems that all of the schools in the world, from K-12 to undergrad and graduate ones, have transitioned online inside the course of a few weeks. Amazing!

But a viral outbreak should not be the reason we finally and fully embrace online education. Sure, it’s convenient right now. In fact, it’s downright safe. But what happens when the virus fades? Will educational institutions return to the status quo?

For the uninformed, distance learning has been around forever. It originated hundreds of years ago with correspondence courses in which instructors sent assignments and received student submissions by mail. Fast-forward to the 1920s and Penn State was offering content on the radio. In the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, we saw a lot of fairly crude intranets pop up in academia that enabled professors and students to collaborate using phone lines. Then, in the late 1980s and ’90s, AOL and CompuServe provided portals to online learning. Since then, the internet has really become a rich source for online learning. Why then have we not embraced it more fully?

The truth is that we have, and it has been growing, but it has been a slow growth. Today, over 95% of schools use some form of online learning, even if it’s a single course. And obviously, the big online schools offer elaborate degree programs. But not everyone is onboard.

While it’s possible not every college course can be taught online (I can’t think of one), what is clear is that there are distinct advantages to learning online. First, for those who are truly looking to learn something, […]

Design management is an exciting avenue

Pervin Malhotra

Q. I have been working as a junior art director in a medium sized advertising agency. Can you please tell me something about Design Management? — Rashmi Gairola

A. Simply put, Design Management is the art and science of enhancing the collaboration and synergy between “design” and “business” to enhance the effectiveness of design.

In other words, Design Management is the ‘business’ side of design. It encompasses the on-going processes, business decisions, and strategies to enable innovation and create effectively-designed products, services, environments, communication and brands that enhance our quality of life and provide organisational success.

At a deeper level, Design Management seeks to link design, project management, strategy and supply chain techniques to control the creative process,

support a culture of creativity, and build a structure and organisation for design to drive a competitive advantage across the triple bottom line: economic, social/cultural, and environmental.

Traditionally Design Management was confined to the management of design projects. Over time however, it has evolved to embrace several other aspects of the organisation on a functional and strategic level.

Design has now become a strategic asset in brand equity, differentiation and product quality for most businesses. Increasingly, organisations are harnessing Design Management

As a discipline, it overlaps with the related management branches i.e. Marketing Management, Operations Management and Strategic Management.There are 50+ coursesin Design Management offered at the MA, M Des as well as MBA level in the US and UK (even Finland and Holland) that you could explore. Options after BBE Q. I am pursuing Bachelor’s in Business Economics. I want to know the future options (further studies and government job) after doing this course. Currently I am thinking of doing MA in Economics. So is there any better option than this? — Mansi Rawat A. In the increasingly globalised world, order with newer business risks stemming from inflation, currency fluctuation, varying interest rates, regulatory risks, foreign markets and now the WTO, large private companies are increasingly looking at business economists for help. The token one-man economic cell is now getting multi-staffed. These are tasks for which an MBA is not strictly geared. As […]

Students devastated as graduation ceremonies put on hold at Capital Region colleges

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some college students will have to wait for the triumphant feeling of graduation until a later time. (WRGB FILE)

ALBANY NY (WRGB) – College is supposed to be the best four years of your life and when you walk across that stage for graduation, you feel accomplished.

“The idea of walking across the stage at the end of my undergraduate experience has definitely been something I was looking forward to,” replied Galway.

However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, some college students will have to wait for that feeling until a later time.

Mirren Galway, a student at UAlbany, says “I’m a first generation student, so just getting to college and completing college in the next couple of months has felt like such a huge accomplishment for me.” Colleges across the Capital Region have made the decision to postpone their spring commencement ceremonies. (WRGB FILE) Colleges across the Capital Region have made the decision to postpone their spring commencement ceremonies. It’s something Galway tells CBS6’s Lynsey Smith is out of a student’s control.

“I was doing an internship with Congressman Paul Tonko’s office, who represents Albany, in D.C. and I was really excited for it. I never would’ve expected to have had that experience canceled. It took over a year for preparation,” said Galway.

UAlbany released this statement, saying students will receiver their diplomas in the mail as long as they complete their degree requirements for the spring semester. UAlbany released this statement, saying students will receiver their diplomas in the mail as long as they complete their degree requirements for the spring semester. In another statement provided by Albany Law School, the school says they are exploring options on how to recognize the achievements of their graduates. In another statement provided by Albany Law School, the school says they are exploring options on how to recognize the achievements of their graduates. Fabrice Michel, a student at Albany Law School, says “It’s the fact that: Yes, I crossed the stage and yes, I did it. Through virtual graduation, there’s no way that your parents or your family can actually be there […]

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