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This is not turning out to be the summer that many college graduates anticipated. For those who expected to jump right into the workforce, many doors have closed due to the pandemic. Internships have dried up. Career fairs are canceled. Phone calls are not returned. The unemployment rate for 20-somethings is significantly higher than the general population. So what can new graduates do? How long is this going to last? Research shows that graduates in some fields are already ditching their career plans to find something else.  

This hour, our guests tell the story of the delayed launch of some of their career plans, how they’re adapting, and what comes next. Our guests:

  • Deprina Godboldo, M.A. in television-radio-film from Syracuse University
  • Devin Hott, B.A. in bioethics from the University of Rochester
  • Gabrielle Franks, B.A. in music technology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Lizzy Beach, B.S. in media management from St. John Fisher College

The extra $600 in federal weekly unemployment benefits received by millions of Americans is set to expire on July 31. In a survey by FiveThirtyEight, more than half of the economists who participated said either keeping the payment steady or increasing it "would be most beneficial to the economy." But some employers say that the benefit has made it difficult to hire new workers; they say good job are left unfilled since workers prefer to take the extra support. Many workers say the benefit has allowed them to stay afloat during the pandemic, and has provided security when future forms of income are uncertain.

This hour, our guests discuss the short and long term impacts of the benefit and what it means for the job market. Our guests:

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Jared Valentine used to own a restaurant, and he has marketing experience, but in recent years, he’s been working gigs whenever he can get them. 

After he lost his seasonal job in Zagster’s operations department due to the bike-share company leaving Rochester, he found himself looking for work immediately. 

He recently answered an ad for a per diem position called "COVID relief" with Rochester Regional Health. He said he wanted to pitch in on the front lines of the pandemic. 

His interview started with a phone call.