As we approach the end of the school year, there is often a last-minute scramble to find jobs or internships. With millions of other college students and young adults nationwide looking for the same opportunities, it can become difficult to get your top pick.
This can frustrate students who might have to temporarily work a job unrelated to what they want to pursue, which also may not give them the necessary experience needed for higher level jobs or internships.
But as annoying and troublesome as such a scenario might be, the situation is worse for those who don’t have a college degree. These individuals often don’t have access to as many opportunities that offer a livable salary.
Recently, UNC announced a statewide program called the Carolina Across 100, which seeks to expand employment pathways for people aged 16 to 24 who are out of school or work.
The five-year initiative will work with 20 community collaboratives across North Carolina to help meet the needs of local communities through cross-sector collaboration. UNC will contribute interdisciplinary teams of faculty, staff and students to support community goals.
A detailed schedule of the initiative’s plans and steps is available on the website.
With the economic effects of COVID-19 still lingering, many people still struggle to find well-paying jobs, and therefore initiatives like these can be helpful in supporting employment rates in the state.
But will it be enough?
The effects of the pandemic were particularly impactful for already impoverished counties in North Carolina, including those with a large Black or Latino population.