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How hard is it to focus on your career during a pandemic?

Pandemic has been a boon and a bane for many all around the globe, but mostly an ill-fated event for several students as they have not been able to stay focused or have been demotivated by the constant continual pandemic. Internship season usually begins in late spring or early summer, when eager university students may be spotted grabbing coffees, answering phones, writing draughts, and refining other critical skills required to advance in their chosen field.

This year's internship session, on the other hand, appears to be completely odd, since entry-level employment and internships have mostly gone to remote work, and rising competition and restricted chances have left many graduates scrambling for any job they can get. The ongoing worldwide pandemic has created financial complications for many individuals, the large degree of school debt that many young professionals have taken on is one of the most fundamental reasons they may not be able to wait out the current economic catastrophe.

Not only is the existing COVID-19 pandemic affecting population livelihoods, but it's also affecting how they study, work, and live. One of the most significant issues posed by COVID-19 is to somehow modify an educational system based on physical schooling. At its apex, upwards of 188 nations, accounting for roughly 91 percent of the world's registered students, stopped their schools to attempt to stop the virus from spreading. Education cuts have such a significant effect on all kids, but particularly the most disadvantaged, who may be more likely to confront extra challenges.

Here is what a group of second-and third-year university students had to share about how the challenges they faced to stay focused amidst the pandemic-

These 2 Years have been very hard for people, especially for the people who are making their careers. The pandemic started while I was giving my boards and the government announced the lockdown. My first-year college started online and there were expectations of going offline but it's been 2 years since the covid 19 pandemic. My course being practical cannot be learned online as one cannot fully concentrate online it becomes very monotonous and difficult to understand the course. This has given me 2nd thoughts about my career. When everything is planned beforehand and then one small thing disrupts the whole plan.

~Sanjana Ramnarayan, a second-year university student

Being a journalism student, I couldn't get proper practical knowledge and every subject cannot be taught online, this resulted in a lot of stress and doubts, whether I will end up with a job or not, and since journalism is a vast field, not gaining enough knowledge online has also led to confusion as to which side should I choose.

~Nikita Oruganty, a second-year university student

During the pandemic, the job search had put me in limbo. The pandemic however closed the industry for a good number of months. It wasn't later that I got the job I was looking for, and it was during when India relaxed its rules.

~Aleena Elsa, a third-year university student


Unforeseen occurrences or surprises shake us through our habits, forcing us to address major questions about what counts and what is worthwhile. It's no surprise, however, that many individuals are reconsidering their job choices in the wake of the ongoing virus.

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