Career Testing
Career Testing
Career Testing
STUDENT LIFE / NOV. 06, 2013
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Graduate Prejudice

One of the reasons many of us decide to go to university is because of the enticing job prospects afterwards. We are told by teachers and career advisers that graduates are extremely employable and that if you earn a good degree, you’re likely to earn a lot more money than if you don't go on to further education. Take three or four – or even more – years out to study and the reward is a good, well-paid job waiting for you after graduation.

Or so they tell you.

Believe me, you are not guaranteed to walk into a great job with great pay just because you’ve spent the last few years studying. The cold, hard reality is that it just doesn’t happen to everyone.

Why is there a high chance of graduates facing unemployment? The main reason I believe is because some employers are prejudice against graduates. They don’t want to hire graduates because they’re either overqualified or they’re going to leave as soon as they get a better offer from somewhere else.

In trying to find employment after university, I was not very successful at all and I honestly believe part of the reason why was because employers would take one look at my CV, and think ‘oh, he’s a graduate’. Many people from my graduation year faced a similar situation, getting rejected again and again. I don’t think it’s down to lack of experience, because I noticed people with tons of experience getting rejected many times and people with very little experience getting rejected as well.

For the people who do have a degree but have little work experience, it can be hard getting on the job ladder, especially if you want to start with more general jobs and work your way up, rather than walk into a better paid job. Employers won’t take you because you’re a bit more educated than the average applicant yet you can’t get the better paid jobs because you haven’t got the right experience. It's a catch-22. You apply for a job at a newspagent and get rejected. You later notice that they have hired a high school leaver. Why do they employ school leavers and not graduates? I don’t know the exact reason, but I bet graduate prejudice has got something to do with it.

For those who have a degree and related experience, it can be even harder to land a job. You may have an idea of what you want to do and you pursue it, backed up by experience and references and whatnot, but sometimes that just isn’t enough. The sad truth is, sometimes even with the necessary experience, you may not get the job because those who have not 'wasted' years studying, have worked their way up and gained mroe valuable experience than you, and are now being rewarded for that. You on the other hand, are still on the job seeker heap.  

If you’re a graduate, or you’re soon to graduate, please don’t think I’m being too pessimistic. I’m just being honest. It is an extremely tough market out there. I’m not saying that people should be entitled to a job simply because they’ve spent several years studying whatever subject, but they shouldn’t have to face this graduate prejudice that I truly believe exists simply because they wanted to educate themselves. I’m sure graduates would be great at many of the jobs they’re rejected from. The problem is that employers are far too picky.


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