Three years ago my application had been accepted for admission into a prestigious university in Ohio in the United States. At that time, my father who was against the idea of young people studying and eventually migrating abroad had remarked, “If every educated person in our country leaves Nepal to study and settle abroad what future will there be for the coming generations in our country? Don’t you feel any responsibility towards your own country?”
With these ideas now firmly implanted in my mind, I joined an MBA program in one of the most reputed colleges in Nepal. It would hardly be an overstatement to say that the program was as good as anywhere. The experience was very rigorous. At that time it seemed that I had made the right decision to stay back and study in Nepal.
However, once I graduated and entered the job market I cannot but regret my decision. After my completion of MBA I applied for numerous jobs without success. I have an excellent academic record and solid internship experiences, including a two- month-long internship stint in Thailand. Besides, I was also active outside of my academic work, for example, having won a national level competition based on leadership, personality and academic excellence hosted by one of the famous magazines in Nepal. I was certain that with my catalogue of achievements I would be working in a reputed company not long after I graduated.
How wrong I was! For sure, there are a lot of vacancies published in newspapers and online job recruitment websites, but none of the companies want new graduates like me. In some instances, a few of my friends were turned down by saying they were overqualified yet lacked enough experience. Every job advertised seems to require at least two years of experience. Some of the reputed companies would go so far as to require more experience.
Sure, companies might have to train us a little and be a little patient with us, but the returns of hiring energetic and eager candidates will in the long run outstrip the present benefits of hiring experienced hands. After all, experience is only one of the various criteria for considering any candidate’s suitability for a job. Perhaps businesses and organizations need to consider the possibility that a person who does not possess much experience might also be equally, if not a lot more, qualified for a position than a person who has experience. How can fresh graduates like me prove otherwise? We will always be trapped in a vicious circle of “No experience, no job and no job, no experience.