Do fresh graduates land their ideal jobs? or career opportunities still limited?
Every year, an influx of fresh graduates is expected to show up and try their luck in the professional world. These graduates will push their luck to be able to land a job right after college. Regardless of industry or type of job, they will surely go for the jobs that they are eyeing for. However, is this always the case? Are fresh graduates able to get the jobs they really want? Or are career opportunities too scarce to accommodate the number of fresh graduates?
Even if a lot employment opportunities are available in the market, fresh graduates would tend to go for the job they want for them, they are after their ideal job. Fresh graduates, ironically, are becoming picky of the roles that they want to apply for. This would result to high competition in the market especially when there are a lot of candidates trying to fill in one role.
Let’s say that there is one opportunity in the market (given that this is the ideal job of majority of fresh graduates) — and ten people would apply, but in the end, only one is selected for the job. This would leave the other nine still jobless and did acquire their dream job. And how often does this ideal opportunity come around? Not so often.
So to answer if freshly-minted graduates are landing their ideal job? This answer is a simple — No. Fresh graduates, or at least, the majority of them are not landing the jobs they want. Although why is this happening and how does not manage it?
There are several factors why this could be happening.
1. LOCATION AND DEMOGRAPHIC FACTORS. Jobs are not always available in locations and places where fresh graduates are, let alone the ideal jobs that they want. This would mean that they will have to travel or scout for the ideal job that they want. This, however, raises competition for fresh graduates, they will tend to flock the market or area where these ideal jobs are.
2. SKILLS AND INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE. Companies would tend to want to process applicants or fresh graduates who already have the knowledge or at least a background of the role or function or the industry. Companies want to see that these fresh graduates who are applying have been exposed to certain processes and have engaged and involved in the working environment. This actually saves time and effort for the company to train its fresh employees because the ones that have been hired already know what to do.
3. ALMA MATER. Is the university that fresh graduates graduated from really important? Not really, but it can play a role for finding and getting the ideal job. Companies look out for potential employees who are trainable and are knowledgeable. Some academes and universities can provide this training to students giving them the idea of what to expect and what to contribute in the professional environment.
4. PERSONALITY. Fresh graduates, despite appearing motivated and persistent, would lack the personality to handle a specific function. Jobs and functions need a pro-active personality and perspective. Sometimes, fresh graduates who appear timid or unmotivated, even when their CVs are good, would not be hired for the role. Personality is important for fresh graduates to have, educational achievements will and can only supplement these traits.
Are these factors fresh graduates can manage and overcome? The answer would be yes. Fresh graduates should learn to work on themselves before applying for the job. Doing research on their own and knowing what the role or function is about. Fresh graduates should also work on their outlooks and perspectives. And also, aside from sharpening their technical skills, they should also be able to work on their personal skills.
Some of the skills that fresh graduates should need to work on would be written and oral communication skills. They should also practice having good interpersonal skills and their proficiency in basic computer software programs.
Also, fresh graduates should realize that what is important is not getting the dream job, they should rather focus on the thought that they were able to get a job. Despite the competition in the market, they were able to land a job that can help sustain a living and can create a career for them moving forward. Not having the dream job does not mean you will not learn to love the job you have. And not having the dream job is not a way of rejection — rather it can be a way of you landing the perfect job. Fresh graduates need to understand that dream jobs are not always what it seems and that they should realize that dream jobs are not equivalent to the perfect jobs.
Angelo is the Managing Director of Harper and Hill Executive Search Pte Ltd, specializing in Senior Management positions in Emerging Market in Asia. He managed full spectrum of senior level placements and worked with multinational clients in Asia, Africa and Europe. He travels across asia pacific region for his assignments.
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