The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly brought disruptions to workplaces all around the world. However, it also brought about some positive changes, particularly in how we work. In an interview with David Armstrong, a long-time educator in Florida, he shared with Virtual Internships his thoughts on how the pandemic has affected the workplace and what this means for students and future employees.
Armstrong, who has served as Chancellor for the 28 College State College system and the former President of Broward College, with 60,000 students in Fort Lauderdale and South Florida, highlights the good news that many of us have discovered during this pandemic: that we can be quite effective working remotely. Although, it may not be the case in every situation, the rise of technology has allowed us to be productive and efficient from anywhere.
This newfound realization has significant implications for students and future employees entering the workforce. Armstrong emphasizes that using technology tools and applications effectively is critical. Young students with experience in virtual settings will be better prepared to be effective in the workplace. In this day and age, there are countless tools available that can be used to assist and be more effective in the workplace. Students familiar with these technologies will be advantaged when they enter the job market.
The pandemic has also brought about a change in the way companies recruit and hire employees. Virtual internships have become more common, and employers are now more open to hiring individuals not physically located near the company's office. This trend has opened up opportunities for individuals who may not have access to job opportunities due to their location.
While the pandemic has brought significant disruptions to the workplace, it has also brought about some positive changes. The ability to work remotely effectively has become a valuable skill, and students familiar with technology tools and applications will be better prepared to enter the workforce. The pandemic has also opened up new opportunities for job seekers who may not have access to job opportunities in their local area. As we move forward, it is crucial to continue to adapt and embrace these changes to ensure that we remain productive and efficient in the workplace.