Be Prepared, Be Ready, Be Steady: Employment in COVID-19 Time

To help prepare these young people for their future employment, UNICEF Thailand recently organized a Facebook Live session

Songporn Leelakitichok
Male and female cartoon characters standing in front of a big city.
UNICEF Thailand/2020/Kongdej Keesukpan
03 June 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all lives around the world, both directly and indirectly.  While everyone tries to protect themselves and their families from getting infected by the virus, they are also fighting against its indirect impacts.  Young people, in particular, who are on the verge of entering a new phase of life, are concerned about their job prospects and insecurity due to business closure and the uncertain situation in the time of COVID-19. 

To help prepare these young people for their future employment, UNICEF Thailand recently organized a Facebook Live session “Be Prepared, Be Ready, Be Steady: Employment in COVID-19 Time” with experts to provide guidance and tips.

A Facebook Live screen with male and female speakers are talking to each other.
UNICEF Thailand

“Start from things near you and do it.” was a conclusion from Jakkarin Burananit and Kunpariya Siripanit, co-founders of WE Space, a social enterprise aiming to improve educational equality.  They provide occupational advice for students, guide them to understand themselves, introduce them to different occupations, direct them to develop skills for their prospective careers. 

The need for the live discussion derived from a survey carried out by UNICEF Thailand, The Children and Youth Council of Thailand, UNDP, and UNFPA, to study impacts of COVID-19 on children and youth in Thailand.  The survey found that eight out of ten youths are concerned about their family’s financial situation more than other issues. 

The Facebook live session was well received with more than 524,000 views, 165,000 Facebook reach, and many questions received.  Some of the questions revolved around the concerns of young people over their future career and learning opportunities.   

A Facebook Live screen with a smaller screen showing a female speaker explaining the presentaiton.
UNICEF Thailand

Kunpariya, who has a degree in psychology, began the discussion with the topic “Be Prepared” to guide young adults to understand themselves: what they like and dislike.  At the time of crisis like now, youths get to spend more time at home, so they get to be with themselves more.  As such, they can take this time to observe what they are good at and whether they can improve those skills.  Jakkarin also added that it also takes creativity and courage to see how one can use their skills to benefit themselves.

For the topic “Be Ready, they view that online jobs, as well as delivery services, are on the rise.  Jakkarin said that digital literacy, such as the use of online applications like Facebook or Line, can come in handy.  Another important skill is “21st Century Skills” that requires people to think logically and creatively, be able to solve problems and work well together with other people.  Some good examples are online markets on Facebook or online communities –another popular trend at the moment.  Through these communities, ones will also get to exchange their learning experience with others.

Once they are prepared and ready, they can “Be Steady” or getting themselves adjusted to begin their career in the time of COVID-19.  Kunpariya said that it is normal for everyone to worry and feel discouraged at times of uncertainty.  However, she advised that young people should be strong, adjust their minds, and aim for the future ahead.  They can manage and get themselves ready for the jobs that they want to do.  The Internet is a vast source of knowledge that can be used to help them learn.  For those who do not have a lot of free time, they can do “micro-learning” which will take only a few minutes a day, such as language courses or online marketing.  These will help them focus on improving the skills of their particular interest. 

A Facebook Live screen with a male speaker explaining the detail.
UNICEF Thailand

Some of the concerns or voice of youth audience included loss of concentration while studying online—to which the speakers advised that they set a specific timetable for each activity each day and stick to it or study in an online group with friends.

At the end of the discussion, Jakkarin and Kunpariya briefly introduced We Space tools that can help young people to understand themselves, know more about jobs, and be able to design their life paths.  The tools consist of more than 250 occupations for them to learn.  It can be used for free through the URL: https://wespace.in.th.

This session is part of a series of youth engagement initiatives that UNICEF Thailand is organizing to help young people cope with the various impacts of COVID-19.  Other initiatives include the production of engaging content series, infographics with friendly images and information, promoting LoveCareStation, training youth representatives, and other Facebook live sessions.

 

Learn more about UNICEF’s work on the virus:

www.unicef.org/thailand/coronavirus/covid-19

Facebook: @UNICEFThailand | Twitter: @UNICEF_Thailand | LINE: @unicefthailand | Website: www.unicef.or.th

 

To Join UNICEF’s volunteering programme to help fight COVID-19, please visit: https://www.unicef.org/thailand/i-am-unicef