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IT IS A TOUGH WORLD FOR GRADUATES

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By Grace Njeru | February 12th 2017

With the current wave of unemployment, is it any wonder that the campus students do not wish to graduate just yet?

With the current wave of unemployment, is it any wonder that the campus students do not wish to graduate just yet?


With the current wave of unemployment, is it any wonder that the campus students do not wish to graduate just yet?

For it is better to be in campus and have security than it is to graduate and be well, unemployed. It is truly the age of #jobcrisis.

What is the point of school altogether if after graduation employers say 'they are half-baked'? I know that there are graduate trainee programs and internships that should help the fresh graduates get a start in the industry but how many of these are there to go around?

 Not many, and they are very hard to get into because the standards are very high, to begin with, and the massive competition is a lot to deal with.

 I am sure that there are many graduates who can attest to applying to many of these programs and have nothing but a stack of rejection e-mails to show for their efforts.

So what else can these graduates turn to?Should they all carry placards and match out on the streets to get employers' attention?

Well, some go for internships. Some paid, others unpaid. I happen to disagree with the notion of unpaid internships. Especially for a person who has graduated from university.

Even if you are teaching them the ropes of the work, it is still labor all the same. Nobody goes to a new organisation and knows everything, the ins and the outs of the new place.

They need someone to show them the way and teach them small things here and there. But they still get paid. So why treat interns differently? If you cannot afford to pay them, at least give a stipend for food and transport for the duration of the internship.

It baffles and saddens me that most people do not pay interns because they say that interns are the ones who need them not the other way around.

If that was truly the case, then why hire them in the first place? You hired them because there is an extra work and you need the extra hands, why would you not pay for the work of those extra hands?

Please let us remember that interns are humans too and that they have needs, especially during these harsh economic times. It is such a burden for parents to think that their child works, but they pay for it. How is that fair?

Shout out to all job seekers out there. All the best in your endeavors.
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