There’s this blog post that is floating around written by a young lady that talks about the five obstacles she faced in her job search as a fresh graduate (I don’t like the post, so shall not dignify it by linking to it here). What the post was really about was a rant five things that made her job hunting process painful. These included employers asking for the following:
- Her O- and A-level results, and having her fill in her results and her personal information in long forms with many pages
- Interviewers who asked her questions about things that she has already written about in her resume (e.g. her internships)
- Interviewers who appear boastful, some showing off who else applied for the role she applied for and others proclaiming to be experts in their fields
She also complained that there isn’t enough entry level PMET jobs and there is glut of graduates, blaming the competition from foreign talent as a contributing factor.
It’s not frightening that this young lady feels this way. What is frightening is that what she writes is fairly popular amongst a certain age group, implying that what she writes resonate with the ethos of that age group.
And that is worrying.
If someone finds it too much of a hassle to fill in all the forms, then maybe that person doesn’t want that job badly enough. If telling people about your O- and A-level grades is beneath you, then perhaps you don’t really want that job anyway. If you don’t see interviewers asking you about things in your resume as an excellent opportunity to explain and elaborate more about why you are a good fit for the job, then perhaps you don’t really want that job badly enough. If you don’t see boastful interviewers as an opportunity for you to show off yourself too, then perhaps you truly aren’t good enough for the job.
And if anyone in Singapore blames foreign talent about the lack of job opportunities, then perhaps he ought to go and meet some of these foreign talents. Better yet, see how they work here and in their home countries. I have worked with a number of foreigners, both in Singapore and in other countries. They are HUNGRY! They work so much harder than many Singaporeans and are willing to be paid a lot less. If we stop them from coming to work here in Singapore, then, in this very open and porous world, companies would simply leave.
So rather than complain about these foreign talents, wouldn’t it be much better to think about how we can be better than them and present potential employers with a much better value proposition such that we are much more attractive hires than the foreign talent? Or is that too difficult for the young jobseeker to do?
Then, if indeed there is a shortage of entry level PMET jobs compared to the glut of graduates, then the question is… who asked you to be a graduate in the first place? Why should anyone guarantee that being a graduate would make you have a good paying PMET job? No one owes you a living.
And finally, if there isn’t a job that you like, then… instead of complaining about it, why don’t you go and create that job instead? Why not start something that creates that perfect job for yourself and also creates jobs for other people?
“Oh… because it is so difficult in Singapore. The environment is not conducive for people to take risks. I don’t have enough resources. Blah blah blah…” they would say. Excuses brought on by a lack of passion.
“Oh but we are passionate! There are so many things we love to do!” Bullshit. Passion is not about what you want to achieve. It is what you are willing to sacrifice and suffer for. The word “passion” has its roots in the Greek verb πασχω meaning to suffer. It is an compelling enthusiasm and desire for something. So compelling that would drive the person to be willing to suffer and sacrifice anything for it. Are our youths willing to suffer for that which they claim to be passionate about? If they are, they wouldn’t be complaining.
I agree, having something that you are passionate about is something terrifying. I know. I am suffering now. And we are worried if the time is right to act on our passion. My answer is – start now. The going may be tough. But the victory will be all the sweeter because of it.
So. If you are a jobseeker (young or otherwise) and finding it tough to find a job, don’t complain. If having a job is really so important for you, find a way. If there is something you are truly passionate about, go suffer for it. Don’t wait. Do it. Now.
[Featured Image: ST file photo]