I work for a Member of Parliament from the Opposition. We have a District, Electorate and Colombo office. We have an impossible workload, which we have to manage as efficiently as possible with the limited resources available to us. There are no special perks enjoyed by us and have no lavish allocations that even lowly Government appointees to Quangos enjoy. So when Parliament permitted us to add a member of staff designated as a Research Assistant, purely from the ranks of the Unemployed Graduates, we put a large display advertisement in the Sunday Newspapers. Surprisingly we only received 70 CVs of which only 30 were from unemployed graduates, the population we could select from.
The amount set by parliament to be paid for this position was Rs15,000. This was not mentioned in the advertisement. A suitable person who is up to the task would no doubt obtain a relevant supplement from the MP depending on ability and competence. We found that 3 seemed worthy of interview. 2 females and a male. One already got a job in between. Another called back declining the opportunity for interview, with no specified reasons and the third had close ties to the Govt.
If this advertisement was placed in the US, from a Member of Congress,(the ad did not mention the political affiliation of the MP) it would have generated over 1,500 applications, of people wishing to gain experience and many would work for no pay, just knowing that this experience would be invaluable for their future employment. The fact that reading this ad that specified being an unemployed graduate as the only requirement with other competencies being preferable, as well as a description of the expected variety of tasks that the job entailed, did not garner a greater response indicates the mindset of the job seeker.
I presume that many unemployed graduates are truly unemployable. They are awaiting state sector teaching appointments for which they are not suitable either. A truly dynamic person will not be unemployed at all. This example indicates that helping that category find a job, is just an exercise in futility, and the Govt. misguided in believing they ought to be assisted. They need to be taken back to school to give them training on how to get a job if they truly want one, as the mindset from our education system does not prepare a person to think rationally.
The significance of experience over qualification is lost on youth. Further the importance of initial sacrifice for future gain is not understood, where those seeking their first job are concerned about only income. Anyone wishing to earn a lot of money running seminars called “how find employment” here is your chance.