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We’ll be celebrating a Quarantine Christmas in 2020

As the holiday season approaches celebrations are likely to take on more of a quarantine style because of COVID-19.

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As the holiday season approaches celebrations are likely to take on more of a quarantine style because of COVID-19.

The pandemic has negatively impacted many countries, affecting their economy, society, culture and other areas on a wide scale.

This pandemic has been an environmental catastrophe slowing down the things we normally do, and it has shifted our way of life and how we go about doing those things.


Workplaces and schools have been shaken up

Since the outbreak of the virus many persons have lost their jobs, while others began working from home.

Schools are now online with virtual learning. And poverty is on the rise, as many are now homeless and can no longer take care of their basic needs.

The world is in turmoil and there’s no set date for when things will go back to normal.

This is a year filled with setbacks for most, as people aren’t looking forward to this holiday season because of all the happenings I previously mentioned.


COVID’s impact on typical Jamaican traditions

Traditions vary around the world, and people celebrate the holidays in many different ways. A typical Christmas holiday in Jamaica, for example, starts from early December and goes until New Year’s Day, with non-stop partying and family gatherings. And every year many Jamaicans, namely children, look forward to one of our long-standing traditions known as ‘Grand Market’.

Considering the protocols that the government has put in place to contain the spread of the virus this is an event that will have to change because of the usual large crowds and close social interaction.

In addition, with the restrictions and curfew in place, there already aren’t many places to go to for recreational and entertainment purposes.


What we’ll be spending our money on this holiday season

Keeping everything simple and sticking to a budget is the best way to manage your money this holiday season. Keeping in mind the uncertainty of what the next year may bring, staying within your budget is the best advice I can give you right now.

And while we are used to creating a more festive atmosphere with Christmas decorations, if you can’t afford them it’s best to live within your means and focus on the things you need most.


Getting into the Christmas Spirit (quarantine style)

Despite all that has happened this year we were still resilient in the face of adversity. Though the holidays aren’t as festive as they used to be, there are still ways to enjoy them while doing some more low risk activities and curbing the spread of the virus.

Activities like:

  • Cleaning around the house: painting, redesigning and redecorating
  • Early shopping to avoid crowds
  • Wearing masks and maintaining social distancing while in public
  • Having small dinners with only people from your household
  • Preparing traditional family recipes for families and neighbours, and delivering them in ways that don’t involve too much contact with others
  • Having virtual dinners and sharing recipes with friends and family
  • Having more family time in your own household: playing games, watching movies, listening to music and telling stories

Christmas is a time for fun, love and happiness. Whether you’re celebrating for religious reasons or you just enjoy this time of the year, get yourself in the spirit and find more simple ways to celebrate the season. And, please, be sure to stay safe and very conscious that people across the globe are still contracting the virus as it lingers.

Season Greetings!


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The reality of job hunting for today’s university graduates

Final year is done and it’s time to go into the world of work and start job hunting in your respective field of study.

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Finally! The last semester of final year is done and it’s time to go into the world of work. You get your resume done and start job hunting in your respective field of study. 

But then your spirit starts to sink as you realize a month passes with no responses. Two months, three months, a year and still no responses. 

You might be wondering what you did wrong? Your resume is great – I mean you probably even got it revamped by a professional. You graduated with honours. So what’s the problem? 

These are all feelings I’m all too familiar with. This is the sad and sometimes depressing reality of job hunting for university graduates today.


Job hunting can get really discouraging

Terri-Karelle, in a video posted on her instagram page, highlighted the struggles of job hunting for young people. 

“Sometimes you do everything right, sometimes you get the grades, sometimes you have the qualifications but there is no job offer. You do the interviews but you still don’t land the job.” 

The entire process can get very discouraging. Sending out multiple resumes, dressing up for interviews only to be declined is exhausting, to say the least. It can also take a toll on your mental health. Thoughts of sadness and failure rushing through your mind are enough to drive you insane.

Sometimes when you look and see that all your friends are getting jobs and you’re the only one in the lot still struggling to find work, it hurts. You end up feeling discouraged, thinking maybe you’re the problem.


Your lack of work experience and age can be barriers to landing jobs

It is no secret that the requirement for years of experience is a major hindrance to graduates fresh out of university. Many companies require that their prospective employees have three or more years of experience in order to qualify for any job. 

The reality is that many graduates leave school without having any work experience. Because they were juggling school and extracurricular activities, most graduates simply didn’t have the time to gain relevant work experience. Some may have done internships but most times this isn’t enough for some employers.

On the other hand some companies flat out reject applicants because of their age. The applicant may meet all the qualifications necessary to land that job but because they’re “too young” they are rejected. 

According to them your youth renders you unable to effectively carry out the required task of the job. Forget about the fact that most times these are entry level jobs which are best done by the very young people that are getting rejected. And what’s funny is that these employers are usually strong “advocates” for youth development.


So, what do you do?

In the same video Terri-Karelle later asked “What do you now do? How have you developed yourself?” 

The reality is that while job hunting is discouraging and depressing you shouldn’t give up. It’s in this seemingly dark and low point in your life that the perfect moments to work on yourself appear. 

Take the time to learn a new skill, language, or enhance talents you already have. There are quite a few platforms that provide all the resources you need to develop yourself – like Linkedin, Skillshare, Udemy, Google and good old Youtube.

You can’t throw your hands in the air and vow to never apply for another job. Not now. Not when you’re so close. Continue to press for jobs, even the ones it looks like you aren’t qualified for. Just keep pushing.


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