As of 2019, the unemployment rate in Kenya stood at 9.31%. With the current Covid- 19 pandemic, this number is definitely expected to hit unprecedented levels as employers downsize and put in place pay cuts to keep companies afloat.
My heart goes out to recent graduates who are looking to enter the workforce at a time when the economy is at the brink of an economic recession. Uncertainty about job opportunities and disruption of regular routines is making the already stressful job search even more challenging for these recent graduates. With hiring freezes as the norm now, it can be quite easy to put on hold one’s career goals.
We don’t know how long this pandemic is going to last or what to expect after it is gone. It is highly unlikely that we will ever go back to our old normal.
However, all hope isn’t lost. The future of work is definitely going to change. After Covid 19, there are many chances of recovery to create new jobs and innovation. Maybe even revising the rule book that we have been using all along. The post recovery careers will be quite different from what it is now. Let go of any predetermined idea of what it will look like and have an open mind once this is all over.
Lastly, be patient with yourself because your path forward will come at its own pace.