Year after year, public and private university doors open for new students to begin pushing the career wheel of academic achievement. As this happens, another door closes in for graduates who now step into the world of job seeking. A sneak pick into the employment dynamics reveal that today’s competitive job market tends to favor more flexibility among graduates than academic qualifications.
As a fresh graduate there is a list of challenges that you will need to conquer in order to curve out a name for yourself and stay relevant in this world of professionals. These are:
1. Unrealistic expectations
They say there is no substitute for hard work. But what I say is that there is no substitute for unrealistic expectations. Why? Because as a fresh graduate, your family friends, and society will at most have bigger expectations of you than usual. After investing a lot in your education and time, they will expect you to job search and get the best jobs, take on more responsibility and basically bring home more value income.
If you manage to get a job, you will be expected to prove your qualifications and in so, work for equally long hours as veteran employees do; traversing new work territories as professionals do, and find ways to deal with the resulting mental strain and minimum wage.
2. Job Inexperience
Once a graduate, you will have to compete with your fellow graduates not only based on your academic qualification, but also on experience qualification. Therefore, to boost your employment chances as an inexperienced graduate, apply for both jobs on the market and internship opportunities available. For those that are not graduating, minimize the chances of rejection by applying for more internship opportunities while in University. If you do this you are guaranteed of graduating as a more experienced graduate than your predecessors, thus placing you in a viable platform to equally compete with veteran graduates on job opportunities.
3. Financial Adjustment
Aside from graduates with families, graduates who have previously been dependent on their parents for food, clothing and entertainment will need to search for new way of generating personal income. From experience, your will now be expected to be your own parent, capable of handling the numerous checks and balances of life. No longer will you be getting that pocket money that you so fervidly enjoyed, or ask for money as you did. Internal conflicts may arise at this point as you try to balance between autonomy and maintaining family and friend relationships.
4. Unpaid Internship
You have just got your first internship or job opportunity as a fresh graduate and are hopeful of translating it into a permanent job. After three months, your internship is extended, of course under new promise of pay. Unfortunately, you get frustrated from the broken promise of non-payment. If or when this happens to you, don’t give up. Take the recommendation letter as an added experience that will propel you a step closer into getting the job you’ve always wanted; or better so, congratulations for acquiring an added skill that will in the near future reap dividends over other job applicants.
5. Lack of Jobs
Let’s face it, in today’s world, being a degree, certificate or master’s holder is not a direct ticket to your dream job. On the contrary, the job market has become adversely competitive as illiteracy levels continue to diminish within the urban sectors. This does not mean that there are no jobs left for you out there. People still apply and get jobs, though the absorption is low.
Therefore, make sure you squeeze every opportunity you get, whether linked to your profession or not; remember “flexibility is key”. In case work opportunities become evasive, take on Milton Berlie’s principle that dictates : “If opportunity doesn’t knock at your door, build one for yourself.Good Day.