Landing the first job post-college is exhilarating and emotional while at the same time stressful and exhausting. Adding a pandemic into the mix threatens to upend the process for thousands of new graduates.
For graduates of the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge, the disruption to the hiring and internship processes across the auto industry has brought unexpected challenges, as well as perseverance.
EcoCAR is the U.S. Department of Energy's current Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition series and the nation's premier collegiate automotive engineering competition. Managed by Argonne National Laboratory in partnership with the Energy Department and the auto industry, the competitions have served as the industry's most effective proving ground for developing new talent — seeding the industry with more than 25,000 graduates from 93 universities over their 32-year history.
Nearly half of our graduating class self-identified as being negatively affected by COVID-19 as it related to their post-college employment status, based on a recent survey.