Neva Bryan, director of Career Discovery and Planning, understands that UVA Wise seniors and other students are facing a tight job market in coming weeks. However, her department is taking swift and innovative action to help students, even if the help is now primarily offered remotely as people practice social distancing to combat spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Bryan’s department has always offered remote options for students by normal routes such as email and telephone, but now virtual delivery has ramped up as students finish their spring semester online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are also incorporating other platforms based on what works for the students, including Zoom or FaceTime,” she said. “Staff members are using Zoom meetings for face-to-face time, as well as texts and emails.”

Bryan also plans to offer question and answer sessions once a week, beginning next week.

“I’m also working on short two to three minute videos to post to YouTube and share on social media with advice and encouragement,” she said.

The first video, released this week, offers advice and tips for participating in a virtual job interview. As for the tough job market students will face in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, Bryan plans to address those issues often.

“We will be talking to students, particularly seniors, about changes in the job market and hiring trends,” she said. “We’ll discuss items such as virtual job interviews, companies that will be hiring remote workers in the coming months, and all of the other career topics students need to know about.”
The National Association of Colleges and Employers, has been in daily contact with members with advice and platforms for people to share ideas,” she said.

For more information, contact the department at 276-328-0126 or email Neva Bryan at njd8r@uvawise.edu.