What’s Next for Our 2020 Graduates?
“Crisis reveals character.” - unknown

I do not have any grand solutions, but I do have words of advice that have seen me through a number and variety of difficulties. Times when I have
felt powerless.

First, comprehend that there is not a lot you can do to change your situation, but you can build your own character and be true to yourself.  You will
need to be resilient and courageous and that is not the same as being passive or resigned to your fate; this is rising to meet it.

You do not know what the future is going to bring, but you have to have a prayer or a vision in your mind of what you want to achieve and go for it.
Keep trying.  Face the chasm and face the truth: this pandemic and this loss cannot take away your purpose.

“Nothing can stop you, but you.” - unknown

Many will be glad when we get back to normal.  I for one think there will be a new normal, after the quarantine is over and everyone is going to have
to be more flexible.  Old industries, stores, etc. will not return but, new industries and opportunities will arise, for the alert and open-minded.  
So, keep your job information up-to-date and when you are ready, hold your breath, bend your knees, and take the leap forward. Jump the abyss that
contains all that is lost and land steady on the platform of what’s next. Your life is in your own hands, and you have to have your own back. Go for
your dreams.
Congratulations and many blessings to the new 2020 graduates! You made it. It does not matter if you are
a high school or college graduate, you have completed a pivotal life milestone that has been years in the
making.

By the end of the 2020 academic year, American schools will have conferred an estimated 3.7 million high-
school diplomas, one million associate’s degrees, and two million bachelor’s degrees.

Some of those six-million-plus graduates will soon pursue another degree, but many others will enter a
historically terrible labor market. Since declaring COVID-19 a national emergency, in March, the U.S.
unemployment rate has soared to 14.7 percent. Many nonessential businesses are closed, many
employers have cut back their workforce.  This market is tough even for the most experienced workers, but
for those trying to launch a new career, it is even more daunting. All of this has upended the final months
for the Class of 2020 in ways tiny and profound, academic and economic, social and emotional ways. As of
now, it is not clear for just how long their progress will be stalled and the uncertainty of how long the effects
will last may complicate the prospects for our new graduates. Now what?