Prabhu Silvam

Prabhu Silvam

Graduating into a pandemic could ruin your career
After navigating her way through three rounds of interviews, H.P. Tan, a senior from the National University of Singapore, a top-ranking school in Asia, had all but secured a job at a public relations firm last month. But the job would never come to pass. Under pressure to cut cost to weather the pandemic downturn, the company paused its hiring and rejected Tan. “When I got that rejection, it was a turning point. I didn’t think I would be directly impacted,” said the 23-year-old. Tan is like many young graduates in Southeast Asia who find themselves entering a job market that has been thrown into turmoil by the coronavirus pandemic. Her country, Singapore, has reported more than 8,000 cases