So you’ve just completed your degree with amazing grades from a good university. You are at the top of your game and start applying for jobs and give interviews. But to your surprise, everywhere you go, you don’t get hired.
Thoughts like ‘Pakistani companies only hire if you have references’ or ‘This country doesn’t respect talented individuals’ start coming to your head. You start doubting yourself and the stress starts to take over you.
But the fault could be somewhere else.
Survey Reveals Why You Still Aren’t Hired From The Perspective Of Companies
A recent ongoing survey by the Career Advisory and Assessment Services has just made shocking discovery on why people aren’t getting hired even after completing their graduations with flying colors.
According to their findings, the fault isn’t with you, it’s with how the universities are preparing you.
While a lot of universities in Pakistan are being featured in international rankings, the fact is that not even a single one is properly training you for the real professional world out there.
M. Moazam Shahbaz, Founder and CEO of Career and Assessment Services who compiled the report ‘ Academia-Industry Linkages Gap Analysis Survey ‘ had the following to say in his executive summary report of the survey:
My profession requires me to interact with Employers; Academicians & Students. I always hear from Employers that we have jobs but we do find the right candidates while on other hands I always hear from Fresh Graduates that we are unable to find jobs. This confusion encouraged me to find out the reasons and I thought of approaching recruiters requesting them to share their experience of interviewing fresh graduates and results are eye opener for our Policy Makers; Educationists (both Management & Faculty members); Students and Parents.
A quick look at the summary reveals:
1. 76.61% of the Employer Brands in Pakistan are not happy with the quality of graduates our Universities are producing
2. 70.18% of the recruiters do not consider grades while recruiting candidates for Jobs
3. 94.74% of the recruiters believe that students study the subjects that do not match their personality type resulting because they do not receive quality career advice
4. Relevant qualifications (86.55%); Personal Development (79.53%) and Soft-Skills (74.27%) matters during job interviews
5. These are the top ten soft-skills which employer considers students should develop during these studies:
i. Verbal Communication (83.63%)
ii. Positive Attitude (71.93%)
iii. Team Working (64.91%)
iv. Critical Thinking (59.06%) & Self-Confidence (59.06%)
v. Written Communication (57.31%) & Drive & Resilience (57.31%)
vi. Stress Tolerance (47.37%)
vii. Adaptability (46.20%)
viii. Time Management (45.61%)
ix. Self-Awareness (45.03%) and Planning & Organizing (45.03%)
x. Integrity (43.86%)
I believe that this information will help all stakeholders understand the gap and develop necessary policies and amendments not only in curricula but in teaching methodologies to help bridge the gap. – added, Moazam Shahbaz.
How You Can Improve Your Chances Of Landing A Job
From the survey, it is apparent that you need to concentrate a lot on communication skills. Employers are downright edgy when they see a candidate who can’t even verbally communicate properly. So to kickstart your road to career improvement, go and polish your written and oral communication skills.
Secondly, choose a position that is synergetic to what you have studied. There are tons of people in our country who relentlessly apply for jobs that don’t match the skills and knowledge they earned at a university.
For example, if you have earned a technical skill like accounting, do not apply for a job that requires sales skills. Similarly, should you feel that you are a natural in sales and have earned a degree in some other field, you could mention this in your CV and convince the interviewers why you feel you are better at a natural skill you earned.
Here Are Some More Important Findings From The Survey
Factors Employers Consider while Recruiting Fresh-Graduates
Top Ten Soft-Skills (lacking in Fresh Graduates)
Quality of Graduates
Quality of Career Advice
Sector Wise %age of Companies Participated in Survey