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|Five (5) year from now, some will make it and some will not make it|
- Employers seeking only for experienced people
- Irrelevant experience
- Mismatch between industry requirements and courses undertook by graduates
- Not seeking for employment themselves
- Opt to be entrepreneur before time…
a) Prefer to depend on parents - Beats me...and I always thought this would be applicable only to "well to-do" families. Apparently IT IS NOT !!! I don't really know why is this happening but I believe it has something to do with how the "nowadays" parents bring up their children. Which perhaps I would probably one of those to be blamed too.....God help me.
b) Influence from friends and partners - the people around other than the parents do play an important role in influencing their attitude towards employment.
c) Afraid of challenges and the unknown - some feel employment would change their lifestyle and will no longer enjoy freedom. There are also certain level of inferiority attached to these group where dealing with new people and other "what if" factors freak them out.
–You know your capability and values
Today there are many types of "money makes money" scheme which somehow many people mistakenly associate it with entrepreneurship. Going into business too is always mistakenly being associated with entrepreneurship.
|Kaya Kaya Kaya!!!!!!|
Strong word but what it actually means? One could not make any sense when a person went for say 5 interviews and all of them offered him while another went to 10 interviews and none offered. Even more astonishing is that the one who has been offered had a much lower grades than the one who has not been offered. The person who continuously failed to be offered an employment after series of interviews is "UNEMPLOYABLE". Why?
Often than ever, colleges and universities encourages students to prolong their studies, from diploma to first degree then second degree, then masters or even PHD. Some event paint and glorify the certificates with guaranteed employment with high remuneration etc..... for obvious commercial reasons.
Anyway, if universities and colleges don't teach these soft skills at all, why then there are still quite a number of them who are EMPLOYABLE? To me the answer is:-
|Delivery Boy - My First JOB some 25 Years Ago. Emm...wonder if the tight jeans still fits me?|
More often a job seeker has no medium or long term plan or no plan at all other than getting a job to pay off expenses. Any opening in the newspaper or online, he/or she would apply for and very much at random too without knowing the nature of work, the company's background or have any idea how long he/she gonna be or wanna be working in that company.
Some would take a shorter cut by registering their names at various employment agencies. And this is where the issue of Underemployment came about. More readings on this at "Underemployment - Capabilities vs Certifications".
(i) have short, medium and long term objectives
(ii) have short, medium and long term plan of what they want to be at each stage of their lives
(iii) know the kind of experiences they need to gain in order to achieve their objectives
(iv) have a target organisation or companies they want to be associated with
(v) know roughly how long they gonna stay at each organisation
(vi) know roughly what they can contribute to each organisation
Because of these attitude, naturally they will come prepared in any interview and have done extensive research before hand.
To sum up, what it takes for someone to be employable?
(i) One has to do more than just getting certificates
- Need to develop interpersonal skill. This perhaps can be done by joining various college activities and clubs. A pure bookworm won't generally acquire this skill.
- Communication skill is too important to ignore. A good command in English is a must in today's working environment, be it private or public sectors.
- General knowledge is another area often neglected. In today's information based economy and lifestyle, this requirement becoming more needed than before.
One must visualize who, what and where about themselves over the next 5 years. Hence list down targeted companies etc.
As for me, writing blogs, which is Never too Late, too is part of my medium to long term plan :-).....Sorait.
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