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The dilemma of recent university graduates | Opinion

As I approached my final year of college, the big question for myself and everyone graduating alongside me was ‘Will I be able to find a job in my field right after graduation? ‘graduating?’

It was such a scary thought for me because I had just worked so hard and paid so much money for four years to get good at something I was meant to do for the rest of my life. Yet when I was looking for a job, the one thing I kept seeing on every listing was “3 years of experience required”. Mind you, these were entry-level job postings, and you would think entry-level would be something for someone just entering the field. However, this is almost never the case.

The only ads I could find that didn’t require the three-year minimum were for internships, mostly unpaid.

This enraged me. I did all of this by studying and learning with two internships, and I have no experience?

How are university graduates supposed to gain experience if they don’t have access to job opportunities?

This is a major problem for many recent college graduates. I was lucky to have found my job with the help of a professor and I was able to get a job as soon as I graduated, but many people do not have this opportunity.

Another hurdle facing graduates today is the many remaining hiring freezes due to COVID-19, along with the many other factors already working against them.

Indeed.com lists a few reasons college graduates struggle to find jobs after school. They list uncertainty with majors, high competition, little work experience, and little to no skills. They also suggest simply applying for internships.

First of all, I agree that some people are unsure of their major or just don’t know what field to pursue, and I agree that the competition is higher because more people than ever have degrees academics. However, the lack of work experience and lack of skills does not make sense.

If I have no skills or work experience, why did I go to school in the first place? The idea of ​​going to college is to broaden your experience and skills in an area of ​​interest.

Companies looking for experienced workers should not label entry-level jobs if they are not looking for that level of experience.

When I looked at the descriptions of these jobs listed like this, I thought to myself, “I know how to do most of these tasks, so why does this require three years of experience?”

We do college internships to gain experience, so that by the time graduation arrives, we’re ready to work in the areas we’ve studied and honed.

The problem with trying to get jobs isn’t the fact that college graduates don’t have experience, it’s the fact that jobs no longer want to spend time and resources training employees.

Employed History said: “It’s hard to quantify, but the expert testimony is clear: reluctance to train employees is a widespread attitude.”

At this point, is it even worth going to college if you’re not even guaranteed a fair opportunity? People will stop going to school if the time and accompanying debts outweigh their ability to find a job later.

If we want to continue educating our country, we have to start giving chances.

Give recent college graduates entry-level positions and give them the opportunity to gain the experience that every company desperately needs.

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