Landing in the first job is a challenge

Though campus placements have returned not very fresh graduate is placed on a job right out of college. Finding the job in market which is still flooded with experienced professionals isn’t an easy task.

With your degree tucked under your arm and the world at your feet, you are ready to join the professional workforce. Save for a minor glitch – the plum job offers you’ve dreamt of, are elusive with no experience to boast of, the going just gets tougher.

Landing the first job is often a challenging, uphill task for a fresher. The most obvious and major problem is the lack of experience. X graduated almost a year ago and have been looking for a job ever since. Every single vacancy even at starting level always tilts in favor of experienced candidates. Nobody is willing to take on a fresher, even for free.

Essentially freshers don’t get work because they lack work experience. But how can they amass this experience unless someone gives them a job? The recent recession and subsequent layoffs lead to several highly experienced individuals being forced to do the employment rounds. In a cruel twist of fate, freshers are suddenly unwanted. When firms can hire experienced individual freshers automatically get a raw deal. Nobody wants to train and groom a beginner when old hands are available. We have noticed that young employees tend to quickly shift jobs, which puts our intensive training to waste. Experienced individuals do not need training saving the company time and cost. Their efficiency is high from the very beginning. Also, they are unlikely to shift to other companies easily because age brings the need for stability and familiarity.

Freshers also lack the access to networks and connections which are often critical factors in landing job opportunities. Very often, who you know can make or break your job potential. Being essentially new comers to the field, freshers have to rely solely in the strength of their resume. Often, this is not enough to walk the extra mile.

Moreover, freshers tend to hit the job scene with an idealistic attitude. They want the plum job, the dream office and the salary to match and are often reluctant to settle for anything less.

Y had been combing the job scene for seven months. Making a mark is very difficult. The jobs he is offered, he feels are an insult to my intelligence and would involve getting coffee for my boss. Nobody takes freshers seriously in the job market, except those with a fancy B-school tag fumes a commerce graduate who is now preparing for her CGA exams due to lack of opportunities. Industry persons opine that freshers should learn to start from the bottom of the ladder and work their way up. Show that you are capable and you will rise.

Countless specialized degrees and courses that students are taking up toady impart focused knowledge but can be double edged sword. Often, the course is so super specialized that finding a job that exactly matches the course profile becomes tedious. General courses keep the field options wider. A specialized course may impact excellent knowledge on a focused level, but the job opportunities too are fewer.

While the lucky ones may be immediately picked up, average students tend to struggle.

Problems do not end once the fresher has landed a job. Adjusting to the corporate atmosphere is an uphill task by itself. College life is extremely relaxed, we are spoon fed and constantly told what we need to do. Office is different. You are expected to take initiative. It is a high stress environment observes mass media graduate. While colleges give students degrees no one teaches them how to handle the mental pressures of the highly competitive and cruel world of industry. Many face a culture shock of sorts which can lead to anxiety, stress, disturbed sleep patterns and development of a negative attitude to work.

The easiest and most obvious solution to handling the job problems a fresher faces is to work even before graduation. It could be an internship, a part time job or any other job arrangement. The important thing is to get hands on experience of the professional world. Student jobs can go a long way in understanding industry dynamics and building relationships with industry persons.