Popular topics in the internship/graduate scheme conversation included personal stories of getting internships (169k mentions), people talking about virtual internships (112k mentions), and postponed schemes (59k mentions).
Discussion about work experience for students and graduates increased 41% in the last four months compared to the four months prior. This conversation is focused on making up for a lack of internships, education, and paying jobs, and the main driver was people complaining about a lack of opportunity.
In the last four months, gap year conversation in relation to graduates increased 30% compared to the four months prior. But grads and students aren’t packing their bags to go on lengthy vacations – instead, they’re talking about using their time off to volunteer (5k mentions) and build experience in their field (25k mentions).
Meanwhile, mentions about jobs post-graduation are depressingly low, and the tone is apprehensive.
A whole year of students and would-be college goers are re-evaluating their prospects and, given the state of jobs and the cost of further education, it’s understandable that alternative paths are such hot topics.
This is a stressful time for everyone already, without having to make big decisions about the future in the middle of a pandemic. To understand younger people’s mindsets in this time, we used our mobile survey tool Brandwatch Qriously.
The survey, conducted June 29 – July 6, asked 1,079 18 to 34-year-olds in Australia, China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, and the US if they were anxious in relation to the virus.
13% of respondents said they were very anxious, while only 28% reported no feelings of anxiety because of the outbreak.