Avoid a job layoff in uncertain times. Study online for a career in education, healthcare, or interdisciplinary studies. Be prepared for the post-COVID economy.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt lives, some have suffered financially more than others. When governments ordered lockdowns to slow the spread of the virus, workers across many industries have gone through a job layoff. The retail and hospitality industries have especially been hit hard.

Some of those jobs may never return. And even those who remain employed may start looking for careers in more stable fields such as healthcare and education. If you’re someone who enjoys working with children or gets satisfaction from helping others, a job in one of these fields might be right for you.

Marian University offers degree programs that can prepare graduates to succeed in those areas. They include an online program in special education, a master’s degree program in teacher education, and a bachelor’s degree program in healthcare administration.

Another program that can prepare graduates for new careers is the bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies. This degree program gives students a well-rounded education that prepares them for jobs in careers ranging from fundraising to human resources.

What The Future May Look Like

Interest in changing careers has picked up as more facts about the economic toll of the virus become well known and people hope to avoid a future job layoff.

In a recent article, Forbes magazine projected the virus could wipe out 17 million jobs, essentially erasing seven years of job gains. By June, the Wall Street Journal reported the loss of 30 million jobs, with some putting the number closer to 40 million.

While some areas will regain those jobs, some job layoffs will become permanent. The industries hit hardest by the virus include the following, according to Forbes.

  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Transportation
  • Retail stores
  • Manufacturing

Forbes also listed fields expected to weather the virus better. They include education, health, professional and business services, information services, and financial services.

Four Degrees That Can Help Job Seekers

The degrees mentioned above from Marian University are perfectly positioned to help graduates in a post-COVID-19 world. For those wanting to move into these fields, a good time to prepare yourself is now, while the country is in transition.

Here’s how these degrees can prepare graduates for a new career.

BS in Interdisciplinary Studies. Employers want well-rounded employees. This degree focuses on honing students’ critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills. Students can choose either a humanities or social sciences track. Either one makes them more marketable as they shift into a new career.

BS in Health Care Administration. Healthcare has experienced its ups and downs during the pandemic. But long term, trends driving growth in healthcare should continue. Every type of healthcare operation – from clinics and hospitals to nursing homes and community centers – needs a skilled administrator. This degree puts graduates on the path to earning those jobs.

Education degrees. Both the Master of Arts in Education (With License) Area of Focus Teacher Education and the Master of Arts in Education (With License) Area of Focus Special Education prepares graduates for top jobs in education. The field is expected to grow after the pandemic. For example, the number of special education teachers in Wisconsin for pre-school and elementary school students is expected to increase by 7% and 5%, respectively, by 2028, according to federal numbers. Earning a master’s degree can make it easier for bachelor degree holders to transition into those positions.

COVID-19 has added stress to the workforce, who face uncertainty about the future. But experts anticipate some careers will have less turbulence than others. Earning a degree now can help graduates get ahead of the curve in making a transition to a better job.