By: Asya Artikaslan
It’s graduation season! As a 2021 graduate, I am so excited for the next chapter of my life, yet this year has no doubt been a challenge. Graduating from my childhood bedroom is definitely not how I imagined this moment to happen, but the excitement levels are still quite high. While figuring out the next steps after college has never been a stress-free process, this year (and last) seems particularly daunting. However, through my year and a half relationship with online learning and I can confidently say that the skills I have acquired through this transition will define my career. The University of Oregon and the SOJC have been incredibly accommodating while going through these “unprecedented times.” Students have learned how to communicate and adapt with their peers like never before, creating a shift in the workplace environment.
Even though we have come a long way from Zoom Bombs and Glitter by Benee trending on Tik Tok we are still navigating the future of our individual online presence. #WorkFromHome has become the new normal. Quarantine has created a new realm of creativity, with starting your own business to unconventional jobs becoming more common. While some companies are starting to head back into the office, the option to work remotely isn’t going away anytime soon. This can be incredibly exciting, and (hopefully) create new ideas about what your future career path can look like.
According to PricewaterhouseCo, “Remote work has been an overwhelming success for both employees and employers. The shift in positive attitudes toward remote work is evident: 83% of employers now say the shift to remote work has been successful for their company, compared to 73% in our June 2020 survey.”
Social media opens up an entirely new world of lesser-known jobs that you can work remotely. The TikTok hashtag #VanLife is all about creators sharing their work experience while on the road. Careers like data entry, social media marketing, and sales are just a few of many fields that you can go into while traveling. Especially with a degree from the SOJC, there are so many fields open to us. The possibilities are endless, and it provides a sense of comfort to know that there are so many different kinds of jobs out there.
Happy Graduation and cheers to a bright future!