College grads struggle to launch careers in a pandemic economy. 'I chose the worst year to get my life together'

College grads struggle to launch careers in a pandemic economy. 'I chose the worst year to get my life together'
Jesus Mendoza, 23, graduated from Chicago State University in May with a business administration degree. - Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS

CHICAGO — Kevin Zheng had big plans lined up as he prepared to graduate in the spring with a degree in criminal justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago.The 23-year-old thought he’d enter the job market well-prepared, with an internship at the Chicago Police Department on his resume.But the COVID-19 health crisis upended that plan. His internship was canceled, his graduation was delayed until August, and he sat in his bedroom for the virtual commencement ceremony. Now he’s looking for a job in a pandemic-induced recession.“I chose the worst year to get my life together,” said Zheng, ...

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