One popular slogan on the lips of many unemployed graduates including health professionals is that, ‘There are no jobs’. I used to sing the same chorus until one day, one of my in-charges on the ward during my internship aborted that misconception from my mind.
It was during one early Saturday, after we’ve had a very calm night shift. We were proofreading all our notes and recordings when suddenly she tapped me by the shoulder to draw my attention. She looked sternly into my eyes and asked, “So Assandoh, have you started sending your employment applications?”
It was barely a month to end my internship yet I’d not sent out any application letter. The thought of applying for a job scared my heart due to the fact that most of my seniors who graduated two to three years earlier were either not employed or finding it difficult to obtain a permanent job.
I leaned in my chair, gave her a pretentious smile and said to her in a very calm tone, ‘Where should I apply to, there are no jobs.’
I wasn’t surprised when she sided with me in her reply, ‘Yes there are jobs…’ but later added a statement that kept me thinking the whole day, ‘… but people are getting jobs to do’
Yes, the fact is that there are no jobs but another fact is that people are finding jobs to do. If I am only part of the ‘people,’ then I will also get a job to do.
The big question is, ‘What do the ‘people’ do that land them in employments that the non-people don’t do?’ Though you will be apt to say it may be as a result of the ‘whom you know principle’, ‘using what you have to get what you want principle or may be due to bribery, the truth is that, majority of the people get employed due to the fact that they know how to play according to the rules of the game.
Instead of joining the masses to sing their chorus, you can re-channel your energy into learning the rules of the game. Truly there are no jobs but those who search for jobs get one to do.
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