By: Farah Jamil
‘I have a degree but not job because I don’t have reference better known as ‘safarish’ – is the most common line said by every single individual of our country as a considerable proportion of our youth is currently unemployed. Almost every youngster in Pakistan endorses the fact that the country is plagued by sheer unemployment.
In today’s time, trying to attain and maintain a proper status in the corporate jungle is not an easy task at all. Our youth is immensely inclined towards the government jobs and the main reason behind it is the lack of accountability.
Many Employers give preference to the experienced candidates rather than the freshers – this is another reason that leads to unemployment.
To analyze the current state of unemployment, we managed to speak to few youngsters and experienced professionals also – took their opinion regarding the youth unemployment in Pakistan.
Speaking to Samaa, a fresh graduate of Mass communication Saad Khan– currently struggling to get hired in media organization – shared his views, “Being a graduate of Mass communication from a public sector university, I have to struggle a lot even to seek an ‘unpaid internship’. First reason which is quite visible is those universities are producing peoples, who have no skills to stand on professional platforms, resulting as – their in born talent has also being rusted.”
While describing the main reasons of unemployment in our country, Khan said, ‘Pakistan is full on natural and productive resources but we have no planning of how to utilize it?’
‘Population growth also leads to raise in unemployment, government sector institutes like PIA are being privatized and forthcoming generations have no idea and guidelines of career counseling’, he added.
Digital marketing lead/ digital strategist Syed Waqas Saghir ,after spending 8 years in the relevant field ,described the key reasons of unemployment in Pakistan. Here is what he said, “I truly believe the major reason behind Unemployment in Pakistan is no career counseling where most of them start studying having no clear vision of what to study and which field should be perfect for him/ her, besides that, action plan and personal development plan is the crucial part where universities should focus on instead of only focusing on courses.”
Saghir talked about the growth of human resource departments of different organizations and said, “Pakistan’s Recruitment industry is very unprofessional to some extent where they don’t hire the right person for the right job.”
He went on to say, “Employers in Pakistan should use the strategy of MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) to analyze the candidate during hiring process”.
“MBTI is the most popular and respected personality type tools in the world. It is an easy to understand framework which helps to build relationships and teams”, he suggested.
I must say that the present state of unemployment is purely caused by “safarish” and it is the main reason behind unemployment as the deserving candidates do not get jobs while the non-deserving ones sit there. The parchi-system in every single organization should come to an end at its earliest.
The government should also take some serious steps to overcome this problem. It is necessary for the prosperity and progress of every nation.