Dear graduate, you should take that ‘crappy’ job

2018-12-07 06:00

FOR most graduates, the reality is that the crappy, lame, “I-didn’t-study-for-so-long-to-end-up-here” job is better than sitting at home waiting for your perfect job to come along and find you (which, unless your name is Kim Kardashian, isn’t going to happen).

We know that these jobs are not what you studied for, but the bleak unemployment stats mean that many will not find immediate employment in their field of study.

Of all youth aged 15–34, 38.2% are unemployed,.Taking any job is in fact a strategic career move.

Here are four reasons why you should take that “crappy” job.

1. A FOOT IN THE DOOR IS PRICELESS IN TODAY’S ECONOMY

Before you get a job, you are a just another CV or a number. But once you get a job — even an entry level one — you have a face.

You will be able to interact with senior staff members and even across departments. This access to a network of information and people allows you to be the first in finding out about new opportunities which will assist you in moving up the proverbial ladder.

If you come across an opportunity within a large organisation — even if its way below what you believe you are qualified for — consider taking it. Often in major corporations there is a lot of room for growth.

2. EXPERIENCE IS KING

Qualifications are one part of attaining employment, experience is the other.

Experience, even in lower positions, makes you a more valuable asset to the organisation because it shows that you have resilience, tenacity, and problem-solving skills. Experience cannot be taught, rather it is something you pick up working in a real job. Experience offers transferable skills which can serve you as you grow your career.

3. IN-HOUSE TRAINING

Once employed, companies often provide in-house training to their staff. It may be in the form of a learnership or a technical training. These make you much more employable. On the job skills, training, and experience are vital for an employee to remain competent, relevant and productive.

4. INCREASE IN SOCIAL CAPITAL

Studies have found that a lack of social capital contributes to unemployment. In other words, if among your immediate circle (family and friends), a few are employed, then the chances of you finding employment decrease exponentially. But, once in the workplace, you will then have a brand-new network of people who are part of the formal economy. They come with their own contacts and experience and can be instrumental in helping you find a long-term career.

With approximately 3.3 million young people aged 15-24 not in employment, education or training, graduates looking to secure employment, should not overlook entry level jobs, no matter how far they are from their qualifications.

SINCERELY,

Lulaway

NEXT ON NEWS24X

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Reporting Accountant

Cape Town
Network Finance Professional / Prudential
R310 000.00 - R360 000.00 Per Year

SQL Reporter

Cape Town
Communicate Cape Town IT
R10 000.00 - R12 000.00 Per Month

HSE Manager

Cape Town
Tumaini Consulting
R550 000.00 - R650 000.00 Per Year

Property [change area]

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.