Professionalism and Maturity is not always defined by age.

By smahemtecks

It is almost inevitable that in today’s society their is a common knowledge: ‘times are tough, there are no jobs for the future generation’.

Canada is known as the most educated country, however “The Canadian youth unemployment rate for people aged 15 to 24 has been rising steadily for a year, hitting 14.5 per cent in April. In May the number dipped to 13.6 per cent as the economy surprised analysts with 54,000 new jobs for young people, but the numbers for youth are still double the overall national jobless rate and the bulk of the May gains were in the general construction industry rather than high-skilled jobs” –CBC News

Based on data from the 2006 census, one in four millennials with a university degree are employed full-time in jobs that do not require that level of education. – CBC News

What comes down to it, is that due to the competitive nature of the limited jobs out there – employers seek out individuals with ‘experience’ as a screening methods for potential candidates. This means that young and fresh graduates are ‘not qualified and trained’ due to the lack of work experiences, technical skills and ‘soft skills’. Click here for these articles – [1][2][3].  What is ironic is that, when young people seek higher education to gain those years of experience – it is now seen as ‘over-qualified’. This is the endless cycle of what generation Y faces today – how do we break it?  Employers must have trust and recognize that young undergraduates are capable of performing certain tasks and have the maturity to maintain their job; and that many graduates are strong candidates. Secondly, those % that does not possess these skills – must recognize and acknowledge the need to obtain these skills.

In this article, I can only share my experiences pertaining to this topic.

I believe that there is a good proportion of young graduates that are capable of the many jobs that are out there [Jobs that pertains to their respective degrees]. I think it is hard to displace the correlation between young age and maturity because it has been engraved in our society. However, without this change of thinking – I do not think generation Y will be able to get its foot in the door into the job market.

In my years of university and currently in professional school, I have collaborated with older people; and let’s just say sometimes older is not always wiser. Specifically, in professional school – average age in my program is around 25; and the maturity observed within some individuals bewilders me. ‘You have a master’s degree, why do you still act like a child?’ I would think that higher education and years of experience will give you the soft skills to interact with different types of people and learn to be professional. Yet higher authoritative individuals view these individuals as wiser, more professional and ‘has it together’. Unfortunately, I cannot go into specific details about certain situations as it is apart of the school’s policy and confidentiality.

The main message that I want to convey to the audience:
Employers – give us [young graduates] a chance; look beyond the lack of experience
Young Graduates – work hard in perfecting your craft but also create a professional brand for yourself
Older Graduates – this time is critical to have your professional brand developed and use it to obtain the career you want
[do not settle or think 30 is the new 20]

I know there are a lot of different opinions in regards to this topic – I would love to hear your experiences or thoughts!

For young individuals, looking to create a professional brand for yourself – hemtecks will be posting a few articles to help you with that! Stay Tuned – meanwhile check out tianhemtecks’ article on “how to be taken seriously as a young professional?”

Thanks for reading!

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