Entering the Remote Workforce: Advice for New Graduates

This spring, college students across America donned their caps and gowns to celebrate their newly minted degrees. But unlike the festivities of previous years, these milestones were not marked by on-campus celebrations with jubilant classmates. The COVID-19 pandemic had already forced higher-ed institutions to pivot quickly to online learning solutions. By June it had forced seniors to settle for “remote commencements” before heading out, with trepidation, into a profoundly uncertain job market.

Enter the “new normal” – a phrase that has become particularly normalized over the past few months. Just as colleges and universities have had to adapt to the necessity of virtual learning during the pandemic, businesses are continuing to adapt to the realities of remote work. The good news: despite initial concerns about reduced productivity when offices first closed their doors, many companies are reporting that productivity levels actually increased following the switch to remote work. Now, many months in, workers have settled into a routine, hinting at a reimagined future of work.

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