HOW THE COVID CRISIS IS AFFECTING TODAY’S STUDENTS AND TOMORROW’S LEADERS?
The Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing health crisis are impacting France like the rest of the world, with significant repercussions on the lives of the entire population, including students, who are facing numerous difficulties: precariousness, isolation, malaise, digital divide, mental health issues, etc. This observation was confirmed by the second publication of L’Etudiant’s barometer of confidence in the media’s future. In this unprecedented context, what should young managers expect when entering the job market? The American Business School of Paris shares its insight.
HOW ARE STUDENTS COPING WITH THIS NEW CONTEXT?
The L’Etudiant study reveals that 74% of the 2,000 young people surveyed (aged 15 to 20) feel that they have lost motivation, and that 71% of them have the impression that they are dropping out of school. These figures reveal a deep malaise and psychological distress among young people.
On the financial front, the situation of young people is worrisome, to say the least, since 67% of them are not sure they will be able to finance their studies or find a student job, and 62% are afraid they will not be able to find a job after they graduate. When it comes to career choices, 86% of young people are worried or admit to having been worried.
The study offers some recommendations to students. These include keeping to the same routine as usual, as much as possible, so as not to lose their marks and bearings. Students are also advised to allow themselves at least 30 minutes of reading time per day and to get out regularly to walk, bike, walk their dogs, etc. There is no shortage of activities to keep your spirits up during this difficult period. It’s up to you to choose the ones that suit you best… but just do it.
WHAT SHOULD YOUNG PEOPLE EXPECT AFTER THE PANDEMIC?
The confinements have been an unprecedented experience for students, but also for companies. The latter are in fact looking for young managers who can lead the post-Covid revival.
In a context undermined by uncertainty, the crisis has also encouraged experimentation with new working and organizational practices, and has led to greater collective and individual commitment, rapid adaptation to new ways of operating, questioning of traditional forms of management, etc. Companies have been challenged and forced to be agile in order to quickly and efficiently respond to the turbulence of their immediate environment.
Young students, as tomorrow’s managers, must therefore take a fresh look at the world of business, be adaptable, and be a source of dynamism in order to drive change. Employers, on the other hand, must provide them with an enabling environment for innovation and skills development.
The American Business School of Paris prepares tomorrow’s managers to overcome periods of crisis and to adapt quickly to a turbulent environment.