As the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic took the world by surprise, we quickly came out with new norms and methods to curb the situation and, due to this, questions of unemployment for students and grads hangs in the air.

Many of my peers graduating fear the fact that Grad jobs may now be few and far between, while some of my friends who are international students fear the financial burden they will be going into due to losing their casual/part-time jobs. Having worked through the various hurdles as an international student myself, I can resonate well with both of these struggles.

As a result of this, I have come up with 7 things students should be doing, not only during this time of quiet but throughout regular life.

1 // Build Your LinkedIn Profile
Many of my friends at university still don’t have a LinkedIn profile. Some do have it sitting there but seldom log on and use it. With competition increasing, a strong network will soon set students apart from each other. Head here for some tips on how to build a powerful LinkedIn profile.

2 // Access LinkedIn Learning Courses
If you’re looking to up-skill in a particular area of your career, or just looking for career and leadership courses, LinkedIn Learning is the best place to find the courses you’re after. While not free, most universities will be able to grant you access.

3 // Use Other Platforms To Up-Skill
In case the above tip is not possible, you can always access top notch courses through platforms like edX and Udemy to up-skill or develop a new skill.

4 // Be Part Of Hackathons
Many organisations are conducting online hackathons which you could be a part of. Hackathons are a great way to build your creativity and network, and be able to collaborate, innovate, and think outside the box.

5 // Be Part Of A Virtual Internship
Virtual Internships are a great way of being exposed to a company and to know the kind of work the company performs for their clients/customers. It’s also a good foot in the door for when they begin to hire again.

6 // Prepare your CV and Cover Letter This is a perfect time to build your CV, prepare your personal statement, get your referees ready and organise both your work-experiences and volunteering experiences. Don’t forget to explain if you’ve had any time off and what you were doing (up-skilling activities really come in handy here).

7 // Take Up A Casual or Part-Time Job
This may not be according to your career-plan and may not be of strategic importance to your career, but as long as it is ethical – Take It Up!!

You never know what can come out of something. Do your best, and it may lead you to something you had never even thought about.

This article was written by Brandon, one of the genYOU content creation team members.