Fed up I can't get a job


April 06, 2018

Dear Pastor,

I am at a point in my life where I feel very distraught. I have obtained my BSc in microbiology and I am unable to obtain a job.

I have sent out roughly a dozen applications in the past three to four months, but all without luck. I have applied to several food companies.

Only one contacted me, saying they have received my application and it has been placed on file. Once I called a particular government organisation to ask if they have received my application, but the individual to whom I spoke told me that they don't know if it was there.

I know my application was delivered because I personally hand-delivered it and it was taken by the security guard on duty. I also called another government department which I had applied to and they told me that they did receive my application, but there was no vacancy at the moment.

I asked about volunteering there, but they said that there is a long list of people for voluntary service, so it was not possible.

I feel like I am at a dead end because everything I try is fruitless. I have studied hard in university to become something in life, but it seems like it was a waste of time.

I feel discouraged and as if I should just stop trying, because I don't know what else to do. I would be willing to accept any job that suits my qualification.


Dear S.J.,

Sometimes it takes a young graduate about two or even three years to pick up jobs. Graduating from university with a degree does not guarantee anyone to get a job immediately.

Anyone who gets a job soon after graduation should consider himself or herself very fortunate. I have seen young people become very frustrated and discouraged when they are unable to find employment and they feel that they are qualified.

Many who got a job soon after graduation were working with the organisation while they were students. That gave the company time to evaluate them and to see whether they would make worthy contributions to the organisation.

Some folks have the degrees, but they have no experience and unfortunately, many companies are always asking for persons who have experience. You may say that is unfair, because you have to work before you have experience. You gain experience by working.

However, the bottom line is making money. Not all companies would consider an applicant's needs. The need of the company is first, then the individual. It may not sound fair, but that is how it is in the real world.

There was a time when the safest place to work was in government agencies, but no place is safe anymore; and there is no security of tenure.

So hear me now, don't be discouraged. You have sent out many applications. Send some more. Keep knocking and calling business places. Don't give up. Let everyone know that you are seeking a job.

Tell the members of the church. Tell the pastor. Let everyone look out for you. Put an ad in the newspaper without putting your name. Say what your qualifications are.

On the other hand, be prepared to take a job outside of your field of studies. In other words, take anything that you can get until you get what you want. May the good Lord bless you.

You have my prayers. If any business person is willing to help you, I will contact you.


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