There have been several complaints by graduates about how difficult it is to get jobs after their tertiary education, simply because they lack relevant work experience.
While both are equally important, the landscape of the business and corporate world has undergone a massive transition unlike in the 90s and early 20s.
What employers are looking out, for now, is not merely having a certificate or a college degree – they are in search of people who can deliver, who can do the job. They are looking out for the right fit to their organizational culture. And to tick all these boxes, you need to have some kind of working experience.
Being smart or being a genius doesn’t cut it anymore. One of the major criteria employers look out for is the ability of the candidate to work with people, to work effectively in a team (interpersonal skills).
The ‘fresh graduate’ mentality should be destroyed. The tag in a way shows that you have nothing of value to offer. There’s nothing tangible you Are bringing to the table. I feel most employees share this speculation with me.
Do not leave the tertiary institution a “fresh graduate”, leave the institution a PREPARED GRADUATE.
Gain relevant work experience even while in school – it can be through internships, volunteering to work for an organization without any form of compensation attached to the role. You can also do this during the holidays.
Employers won’t tell you this but the onus is on any individual who is intentional about succeeding to know and implement this.
My advice to all undergraduates and fresh graduates is: even with your intention of furthering your education, probably going for your masters or MBA. Choose to amass relevant work experience upon graduation. It would give you an edge, an advantage over other job candidates, who pursued further education immediately after college having little or no work experience in their resume.