Freshies Gettin’ Munchies

Many fresh graduates today finds it difficult to get a job – whether it is a dream job or even one that pays the bills. Some weigh in money against working experience.

And although this is due to the bad economy status and the need to survive, this is not the kind of attitude employers are pleased with.

But for those who really need a job, they have no choice but to start from the bottom – or say, the gutter itself.

Career fairs are organised in order to provide an opportunity for graduates to meet with corporate leaders and human resource representatives of participating companies. At the same time, it is also a platform for the companies to scout for potential talents from universities in Malaysia (or anywhere around the world).

Are these employers really hungry for fresh graduate talent?

When they walk into the booths, take part in the walk-in interviews and career talks, are they really being scouted for their talents?

While they engage with employers to better understand what they’re looking for in jobseekers, are the employers really there for their fresh ideas or just looking forward to hiring anyone with decent skills who is willing to put up with hours, on-call, weekends, crazy deadlines, ridiculous requests and work for a very low salary?

Here is a joke – “go to the best school”, they say. “An Ivy League would be best.”

But the reality is, companies are least interested in the brand or the image of the university you graduated from. In fact, most companies would hire students with the right attitude – not the right degree.

As a fresh graduate, you only get one shot at the best. A lot of high-potential and talented graduates are only in the market for a very short time. Sometimes, the chances of recruiting them are very small, in fact. Without a headhunter, it is really tough to get access to them again. This is because they know better.

But really, why do employers prefers fresh graduates?


For the company, it benefits them mainly financially. Freshies do what they’re told. They don’t refuse to any task given.

Training is easier than re-training and they can easily take a blank slate and make the fresh graduate a specialist without having to pay for all the other skills and knowledge that doesn’t apply to their needs.

After all, the only thing that matters is PROFIT.

PS: This is not a negative post. It’s just the reality of what many went through.


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