Friday, January 20, 2017

Now That You Are A Graduate

You are a graduate, and this calls for celebra­tion. In few months, you are going to need a job. Do you not need a well-paid employment? Yes, you need that million Dollar per month job to help recover the money spent in the university. You all swallow this concept whole as students that a well-paid employ­ment is required. Yes, it is.

Good that you have a good grade, and I am happy you are the best product in your department. However, there is a very important question you need to ask yourself before writing an applica­tion letter. You importantly should see after answering this question that definitely, you are an irresistible prod­uct for an employer. Why not ask yourself, “Am I em­ployable?”

Professor Peter Cappelli, the Director of Wharton’s center for Human Resource, in his article, ‘What Employ­ers Really Want are Workers they do not have to Train’, revealed that employers do not seek graduates without tenable skills, they do not need burdens in work en­vironment. Instead, they desire workers they do not have to train.

He, Peter said that “when employers are specifically asked about recent gradu­ates, their complaints have nothing to do with academic skills, they often express the same concern older genera­tions have always hard about young people –they are not conscientious enough, they do not listen, they expect too much.”

These have been the com­plaints received from one employers to another. What then is bringing in com­plaints? Many things! You should not expect employer to say good about you after discovering that you visibly have not the skills they really desire.

That exactly tells us that employees need in-depth knowledge about certain industrial requirements per­taining to their field, and if they do not, some basic skills are required.

Master The Rules Of Eng­lish Language
Have you noticed that not quite a few of today’s Gradu­ates finds it hard to commu­nicate? It begins to reflect in their interactions, and soon one ends up not mak­ing sense of their speech. One thing has certainly lost it ground, “the use of Eng­lish”. This is dishearteningly becoming problematic, and sincerely yours graduates of this kind need to reread English textbooks. No one is too old to learn. If you did not understand the use of English in your high school and even in the university, rather than remain redun­dant for the rest of your life, why not consult an English textbook for mastery. One thing employer appreci­ate is good communication skills. Learning to usher in the right world any time is a requirement for industrial acceptability. Except you have waiting for you, a job that requires no interview, proficiency in the language you communicate with is important. Begin to learn it now, master its usage, so that it becomes part of you.

Do not misinterpret my advice. I did not opine that you begin to speak Wole Soyinka or Farouk Kpero­gi’s high level English Lan­guage. What I said is that, you should begin learning to speak simple and coher­ent English. That is ok, and no one will crucify you for speaking simple English un­derstandable to kindergar­ten pupils. Upon this, begin to communicate with peo­ple, so it will not appear a burden when you are called to duty.

Go In Search Of Addi­tional Skills

By additional skills, I did not mean that a graduate of Accounting should start learning Electrical Installa­tions. Additional skills are what you were not thought in Schools, but are relevant to your studies. Many a number of Software exists today. Why not learn them and have edge over your sed­ative counterparts. Besides, conferences, workshops, and training will boost your po­tential. Go in search of them.

Do Not Be Jack Of All Trade
Employers seek dynamic job employees, and this, still, does not make them employ jack-of-all-trades. It is better to have specialization than say you can do thousands of things. Jack-of-all-trades does not have a space in in­dustry, but someone with specialization does. Know what you can do and what you cannot, and will not want to do. Develop on what you can do, and eschew what you cannot do.

Perfect Your CV
Your CV should depict your skills. What power will you gain from bombarding your CV with irrelevances? Forget about trying to stand out. And if you have to stand out, lies will not make you. So, craft a simple and rel­evant CV, and see why you won’t be hired.

Let Google Qualify You With Reliability.
Have you searched yourself before on Google? “Google yourself. What comes up – and how does it make you look?” says James Whatley, social media consultant at Social@Ogilvy.

“Potential employers will do this – so make sure you’ve done it first.” Use Facebook’s new “view as” button (found under the “edit profile” set­tings) to see how your non-friends can see you – and adjust the privacy settings accordingly.

“Next, set up your Linke­dIn profile. It’s a brilliant place for hearing about jobs on the grapevine. Keep add­ing new training and skills you pick up, so it’s always bang up to date,” adds What­ley.
If you neat your social me­dia page and make sure it speaks volume about your profession, you can get hired through this means. Em­ployees nowadays get jobs via LinkedIn.

Postgraduate Is Not The Option

Please, carefully think before signing up for an exclusive postgraduate course that may be of little or no interest to employers. Don’t see postgraduate studies as a way to bypass the demand of employers. What your employers seek are employ­able skills. If you do not have those skills, and even ad­ditional skills, find a means to acquire them. Postgradu­ate schools will not inscribe those additional skills into your CV. Instead, kindly go in search of the skills you lacked, and see postgradu­ates as a second option that employers may require. Who says things will be bet­ter in 12 months i.e. after your postgraduate? Next year, you will be competing with a new batch of gradu­ates and those that did not find work this year. Is Post­graduate study the best way to rule over them?

Note: I have not said you should not go for Postgradu­ate Studies, I only said you should not see it as a way to avoid all those skills employers demand.

Yusuff Olayode Yusuff-Supoto wrote through get­layus@gmail.com