Like the rest of the free world and their mothers, I came across that ADMU Rantbox post (click the link to read it in full) and couldn’t believe what I was reading. The entitlement. The arrogance. The sheer wtf-ery. You have to see it to believe it.
Basically, the gist of that kid’s post is as follows: the anonymous fresh graduate is upset that Ateneo graduates aren’t “getting snapped up like lechon at a fiesta”, how he and his friends did their college experience right by having lots of extra-curriculars balanced with good grades, how they graduated with Latin honors, and how companies at job fairs were supposedly “begging” for Atenean applicants. He then continues to rant about how, despite all this, he hasn’t been able to land a decent job, and then punctuates his disbelief with a condescending dismissal of BPO jobs (“I don’t wanna work for some BPO though I’m so tempted already,” and, “My only comfort is a lot of other people have to make concessions too. How many SOM grads are in Accenture. Good luck to us, struggling smart people who realized we aren’t that smart in the outside world.”)
Look, kid, I get it. I really, really do. I, too, graduated from a “Big 4” university. I experienced firsthand what it’s like to go to job interview after job interview only to be rejected in the end. I remember crying twice because I was rejected from two positions that I wanted really, really badly (and – quelle freakin’ surprise, one of them was for a BPO!). I’m no rich kid either. I’ve got my own mouths to feed. I come from a single-parent household, so I wanted to relieve my mother of the burden of supporting me as soon as I could. The struggle of being unemployed and trying to find work after four to five years of worrying about nothing but grades, orgs, and friends is enough to make even the strongest, most practical-minded millennial down.
But – and here’s the kicker – the difference between you and me, my dude, is attitude. As Kendrick Lamar said, “Bitch, be humble.” Despite what school we went to – whether it’s UP, Ateneo, UST, La Salle, or some other school – at the end of the day, we all of us have abso-fricking-lutely nothing to offer companies. We could be cum laude graduates, presidents of student councils, editors of school papers, campus figures, representatives and delegates for international scholarly conferences. It doesn’t matter. Not a single fresh graduate has anything to offer a company that one of its employees cannot already do.
Does this mean you should let a company walk all over you when trying to find work? No, of course not. You have to know your worth; but at the same time, you have to temper that worth with the fact that you have absolutely no experience. First jobs are always, always a learning curve. Don’t ever think that you already know it all, that you already deserve it all. There’s always room for improvement. There’s almost no job that you’re too good for. Your boss wants you to photocopy something? Do it. Your boss needs coffee for a meeting? Better learn how to use a percolator. Minutes of the meeting? Bust out that pen and paper.
You wanted to know how to be hireable? Ditch the sense of entitlement and maybe you’ll find out. You’re furious with your friends who won’t share the “secret” to getting hired? I’ll tell you what their secret is. They don’t think they deserve jobs by sheer dint of having graduated from Ateneo. They know they have to hustle.
The one thing I’ve learned in my four years of being part of the working force is that in the real world, your school means nothing. Employers don’t care what school you graduated from. College means nothing. It’s tough to hear, yes, but you have to accept it. What, those four to five years of struggling through what feels like literal hell on earth meant nothing? The tuition fees your parents paid meant nothing? Yes, nothing. College gives you a leg-up, nothing more. The name of your school might get you through the door, but a job offer? That’s all on you. That’s all on your attitude; on your humility, which this Atenean definitely seems to lack.
And by the way, Mr. I’m-Too-Good-For-A-BPO. Let me just say that I’m currently well on the path to my dream career, including getting a master’s degree. You know what put me on this path? That’s right, a BPO. My first job ever was doing back-end processing for a multinational company (oh, didn’t you want to work for a multinational company?), and I can definitely say that the lessons I learned with them help me land my current job.
Check the entitlement, friend. Then, maybe, you’ll get hired.