How is COVID-19 affecting graduate employability? 
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The pandemic and lockdowns have affected different industries in different ways. As the latest ESRI report highlights, post-pandemic unemployment is affecting younger people disproportionately.  What does this mean for new graduates entering the post-pandemic workplace? 

Our quick survey aims to find out.

Here at PEEI, we are investigating how socio-emotional skills for the workplace can be boosted using Emotional Intelligence (EI) coaching and workshops in a 3-year research project. Increasingly, research is demonstrating that 'emotional skills and competencies predict positive outcomes at home with one’s family, in school, and at work,' as foreseen by Peter Salovey at Stanford University, who originated the concept of Emotional Intelligence along with John Mayer of Yale in 1990.  In other words, ‘You have to value skills and not just degrees,’ as argued Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM at the Davos 2020 World Economic Summit, for businesses to thrive in the contemporary marketplace.

Aiden says: ‘Much has been learned about the impact of training in socio-emotional skills on graduates’ readiness for work. This is a unique opportunity to take part in a survey that will help shape tailored training in emotional skills for different industries to prepare graduates for the 21st century workplace.’


For this research to be meaningful, we really need employers, HR managers and professionals who work with new hires to be involved with every stage of the development and delivery of the programme. This survey will gather data on how diverse organisations have coped with the fallout of the pandemic and its effects on employees, old and young.  It asks how employers view socio-emotional skills for work and graduate employability in the future. It also asks how recruitment and training for new graduates might change due to their experiences of working during in the pandemic.


Our research aims to provide robust evidence on the types of training, which are most effective for students in developing and demonstrating the socio-emotional skills needed for different  industries. ’We hope our findings will benefit graduates and employers, developing an evidence-informed pathway to better social and emotional skills in the 21st century workplace. 



Employers, please take 10-15 minutes to do the survey!  The link is open until May 31st.

For further information on this research, contact