I used to get furious when I see job vacancy offers that require some years of experience till one day; one administrator sat me down and hit the nail right on the head.
‘Hey man, no one is ready to employ a fresh graduate who has no work experience; may be the government does but not the private man.’
The private man always has profit on his mind and so, he does not make friends with anyone or anything which is likely to disrupt the profit chain. A fresh graduate is one, because he needs to use his resources to retrain, mentor and feed him in order for him to live up to expectations.
A colleague told me an experience he had with a hospital administrator of a very big private hospital in Kumasi. Barely a week to finish his internship as a professional nurse, he delivered an application letter to the hospital administrator. This is the same hospital he did his internship so they knew his competencies very well. Most of the superiors he had worked with recommended him to the administrator so it was based on these recommendations that he tendered in a formal application.
As he narrated to me, this middle-aged man leaned back in his sofa, shook his head and gave a loud sigh.
“Listowel, I will file your application but let me first confide in you as a son. Here we look for experience.” “You can start with the smaller hospitals elsewhere.” He added.
Though the administrator knew my colleague and knew what he could bring on board when he employs him, he couldn’t employ him because his level of experience was too low to meet his standards.
Another friend of mine told me how one day, after a human resource manager of a hospital read through his CV, politely asked him “So what are you bringing on board.” Just as he was about to answer the question, he added, “You’ve no working experience”
My sister, no employer is ready for your mess, they want your best. They no longer buy raw materials to refine into finished products. That is too costly! They need all-ready-made (refined product). And the truth is that, others are refining themselves to meet the employer’s standards so your raw materials do not matter anymore.
This nauseates a lot of fresh graduates. “But where should I get the experience when you don’t give me the chance to work?” job seekers often reply in this angry manner.
No matter what you do or say, they are the dons of the game and they determine the pace. You don’t bring your standards; you satisfy their standards. You have to dance according to their tune not yours.
No matter the depth of our anger, it does not affect them. Though they need you, you need them more than they need you because there are so many people who are ready to dance to their tune. Therefore, there is the need for you to refocus your attention and energy on how to attain the experience employers seek for.
The question should have rather been, “How do I get the experience these employers seek for? That is what should have filled our curious minds.
The writer is a Nurse, a Blogger and a Health and Career Coach. He has been a resource person at countless number of conferences and students platforms both on health and career developments. For Health or Career Counselling and Speaking Engagements, contacts (+233) 0505167698