5 important career lessons lecturers never teach

29Sep 2016
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
5 important career lessons lecturers never teach

October is knocking and you are probably packing for college ready for another prosperous study year. Not only is it college but also a new home for the first year students.
As a freshman you must have heard a lot about college right?

is therefore important for students to work on their personal development to avoid future disappointments as a job seeker or an entrepreneur.

The all-nighters, exam rush hour periods, library cramming sessions, roommate nightmares, college dating dramas, weekend drinking sprees and name it. College is a journey like no other and a path worth embracing.

The fact that you have heard lots of stories about college doesn’t guarantee that you will meet that when you join your first year of college. Some are just mere myths, a façade of perfect college experiences literally!

Everyone is into transparency these days. You would think you know all there is to know when you interact with your professor in college or campus. Would you be wrong? Oh yes!

And if for instance you didn’t undergo a career class in high school and you are not even certain that your college provides that, then sit back and have a glimpse of these career lessons that no professor will take their time to let you know.

The name of your learning institution does not matter When looking for a job, the institution where you obtained your degree or diploma doesn’t count but rather your GPA distinction does. This is because our learning curriculum is outdated and has outlived its usefulness.

Obtaining a degree from the University of Dar es Salaam doesn’t guarantee that you will be a hot cake when you get into the job market nor does it mean that other small colleges are not considered either way.The most important skills in the market are the SOFT skills

These include good communication skills, the ability to work as part of a team and the ability to learn. Beyond that, the skills required will depend on the particular job. Having a first class honour without all that is as bad as having a pass, pursue skills more than anything else.

Learn computer skills, dig deep into interpersonal skills and so much more. Be anxious and ready to learn we don’t learn everything in class, keep that in mind!

A first class honour degree WITHOUT the soft skills is as useless as getting a FAIL
Employers are no longer excited by the number of A's in your transcript since the QUALITY of education in Tanzania is beyond remedy.

We all know of how grades, course works and finally GPAs are found at some point in college. There is a result of cheating, sexually transmitted grades, forged transcripts, outlived curriculum, name it.

Roughly 800,000 young graduates in Tanzania join the job market each year, but only about 50,000 succeed in securing a formal employment just after graduation.

This has to click in your mind that not only obtaining a degree will land you a job. The job market isn’t as challenging as it looks like, it just a matter of possessing skills and capabilities different from what everyone else has to offer.

Think of what you can offer the company not what they have to offer you. Dare to bring in something different.

Most of the courses offered in private and public universities are not tailored to the job market needs

This mismatch of skills is to be blamed for graduates failing to secure a job or adapt to their jobs. As said earlier a mere degree isn’t a guarantee for success but having the will and eagerness to learn something new each day is.

Eventually University students in Tanzania should wake up from the slumber and realise that the higher the number of learned people in the society, the fewer the employment opportunities in the country.

We are no longer living in the 19th century where all fresh graduates were guaranteed of a formal job.

Comrades should get out of their comfort zones and make use of their different skills and talents to start their own business enterprises.

For students who wish to seek for employment someday, the hiring process is not about how much you have an unbeatable transcript or the institutions where you graduated from.

Many employers not only match candidate soft and technical skills and experience with a job opening’s stated requirements, but also carefully consider those elusive qualities such as personality, temperament, career progression and a host of other legitimate elements.

It is therefore important for students to work on their personal development to avoid future disappointments as a job seeker or entrepreneur!\

This covers activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and facilitate employability, enhance quality of life and contribute to the realisation of dreams and aspirations. There you go!

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