Recently we celebrated Labor Day on May 1. In line with it, different agencies had several job offers. There was dialogue between government and labor groups. There was a protest and burning of effigies. The usual stuff you see on that day.
Labor leaders complain of high unemployment rate, it’s true. With 7.1% unemployed during the 1st quarter of the year, and mostly were from the NCR. Males comprised more than half, mostly between 15 to 24 years old, and most were college graduates at 16% compared to high school graduates and college undergraduates. What a shame considering they should be at a better edge to be hired. Majority of those employed are in the service sector, followed next by those in the agriculture then industry sectors. (For more details on this, pls read: http://www.tradingeconomics.com/philippines/unemployment-rate)
The government says there are lots of jobs available. The problem is job mismatch. The skill or qualification of the applicant is not at par with what the job requires. Is this an exaggeration by the government? Apparently not, and it seems the government is telling the truth about this.
Take this for example. A friend mentioned that a job applicant who was asking for prepaid cellphone load from the employer, so that he can text back when he would be convenient for an interview. In another instance, an applicant was asking for money for their fare. On the other hand, some were called up for an interview, confirmed they were coming but didn’t show up nor give prior notice they won’t be able to make it. This is just from one friend (@ginger_cash). Surely, other employers had their own horror stories to share.
Personally I know someone who is a not-so recent college graduate but is not keen to seek employment at the moment. He applied as a part time insurance agent but doesn’t seem bent on looking for clients. He has applied for a pharmaceutical company but isn’t really interested to be employed immediately. Until recently, he was able to apply at a BPO, passed the exam and interview. He is now awaiting call back.
We who are nearing middle age cannot help but compare our work ethics with the younger generations. We were so perseverant that immediately after graduation, we wanted to be employed immediately. Back in those days, if you were more than 20 years old, it was a taboo if you were still in your undergraduate studies and not even a working scholar. Most of us who reached 20 or 21 were already employed and earning a modest income. Our job back then was not necessarily in line with the course we took in college but it was providing food on the table and paying rent. Few of us in our 20s were lazily home, awaiting for food to be served during lunch and dinner. When we had difficulty at work, we solve it and strengthen our camaraderie. We don’t just quit our job nor look for an easy way out. We tend to be more loyal to our employees even if there are other opportunities awaiting out there.
Now, you hear shocking stories among the 20s generation. Shocking with the grammar in their application letters and interview; shocking with their attitude; shocking with their demands just like what @ginger_cash posted in her twitter account. She even said that a construction worker spoke in a better English than a college graduate. Que horror!
You complain of high unemployment rate? Check you facts first. You complain if all applicants are qualified for a job but there are no job opportunities, not when they get denied because of lack of skill and qualification.