My lockdown story: on getting hired


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Last week, I had a minor breakdown from mental stress because this question kept haunting me:


'What next after lockdown?'


As an international student studying in a foreign country, seeking work opportunities is quite tasking. Much more, the chances of getting a job have gotten slimmer as a result of the pandemic. While some companies have canceled their graduate programs, others have postponed indefinitely. Although, I have questioned, 'why cancel and not reimagine the workplace?', I cannot blame those trying to manage their financial position. My dilemma does not stem from impatience neither do I lack empathy for the consequences of the pandemic, but I honestly worry that visa renewal would be due soon. Hence, my job search is time-bound.


On my last visit to my career advisor before the pandemic, he said to me, 'I do not see why you should not get a job soon. You have strong experience and background for an entry-level.' Although, these words gladdened my heart then, I cannot help but wonder now as more rejection emails come in, if my qualifications and experience really matter at this present time. Nevertheless, I have decided to avoid wallowing in self-dejection but to focus on increasing my capacities, broadening my mental horizon, and developing my understanding of the renewable energy field to the level that I am able to contribute intelligently to ongoing discussions. In addition, I have committed to volunteering actively. My most recent being for the Women in Sustainability Network.


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Still, this goes beyond me to the hundreds of other international students in the same situation. The National Indian Student and Alumni Union (NISAU) has started a petition to the UK government to extend the 2-year visa to the 2019/2020 students due to Covid-19 to give us more time. I would like to make an appeal to you if you are a British citizen or you are a resident in the UK, that you please help in signing this petition.


Kobe Bryant said, "Everything negative - pressure, challenges, is all an opportunity for me to rise." I choose to see stepping stones and not obstacles.


Please stay safe.





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