With the rapid increase in the number of students that graduate on a yearly basis from Nigerian institutions, it’s no more news that jobs are getting fewer when compared to the labour availability. However, according to a survey carried out by MySalaryScale in 2017, some fresh graduates have still been able to prove themselves worthy of being employed by different firms irrespective of their “recency” in the labour market. This could be seen from the data gathered where many companies have fresh graduates with little experience in the field. The reason for this is not farfetched. Generally, one with little idea about a job or task can carry it out better than one without. That’s a simple fact.
Now, if you are a fresh graduate or a student and you didn’t involve or intend to get involved in any activity while in the University or during Pre-NYSC period (volunteered or paid), you may as well have yourself to blame in the future too. This is because you will have to compete with so many other candidates who have done a job or carried out a task before or something similar. They will definitely be preferred. This is also a fact.
The four reasons you should get an experience no matter how small, are thus as follows;
It gives you content for your CV
A curriculum vitae commonly known as a CV is basic in getting a job in this 21st century. It gives your employer relevant information about you at a glance. While there may be different variation as to what constitutes a CV, there are however also some basic components that must be found in any CV. That’s Job Experience. For a student who was involved in industrial training, internships, volunteering activities or any other extra curriculum activities that can be categorized as a job experience, such student would have lots of content for his or her CV. Now imagine a student who didn’t involve in any of these activities, what would he or she have in the experience section of their CV? Of course, nothing!
2. It increases your chances of getting an interview
As stated earlier in this article, there are more persons looking for a job than actual jobs available. Now, during a typical recruitment process, some specifications are required. This may range from different things including physical attributes, educational qualifications and job experience. Some, particularly state relevant experience in the field applied for. One who has never had any experience will have his or her CV removed. This is because he or she does not meet the stated requirements. This means, no matter how good you actually are, you may not even get an interview – a chance to discuss your abilities. So, a job experience, no matter how small it is or looks, actually gives an edge in getting an interview.
3. It gives you a story to tell your interviewer
In the course of an interview, most of the questions and discussions will be a follow up of the content of your CV. One without any job experience at all, won’t even have anything to say to that regard. For example, if asked, “tell me a time when you were given a task to carry out and the time seems to have been limited?” For one who had involved in any job or task before, it is easier to remember something similar of that nature than one who hasn’t worked before. The difference will be clear.
4. It gives you a competitive edge in getting the job
For fresh graduates, sometimes you may get an opportunity to interview with a firm even without any experience at all. No doubt. However, after the interview and every other thing, there is the tendency of the interviewer selecting the candidate with little experience than one without. It’s generally perceived that the one with little experience will be easier to train and may also bring better value to the firm than the one without.
It has been emphasized over and again of the need for you as a student or a fresh graduate to get an experience now, no matter how little it is. The reasons for all of these have been well stated. There are a couple of websites that advertise internship programs and other volunteering activities that you can engage in to get a job experience. Checkup MyjobMag for internship opportunities and volunteering activities.