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Hurdles in the way of job seekers: Limited openings, millions of candidates and alien environment!
Just a couple of years back, millions of parents in India got a big relief when a centralised recruiting set up for various banks was formed - the IBPS. Initially, it appeared that like the successful concept of call centres emerged about two decades back, IBPS will also generate a great flow of job opportunities in the banking sector.

But in comparison to the number of young graduates appearing, the number of vacancies appears negligible. Also, the packages offered to officers and clerical cadre have not been very attractive.

Every now and then, we read in the news that there will be a lot more openings in the next quarter. But this hardly ever materialises. The fewer openings noticed in IT, Finance, content writing, marketing and sales are very often grabbed by the students with outstanding skills and it becomes very difficult for others to find a suitable job opportunity. To make this challenge more complicated, nowadays, multinationals are giving preferences to the candidates having reasonably good work experience.

Another stress on the candidates, even after the selection, is the expectations of the management that every employee should be able to perform multitasking. Normally, no formal training is given during the working hours and employees are left on the mercy of their seniors to learn the nitty gritties such as software like Excel.

When a capable fresh graduate - despite his best efforts - does not get a break, the family and friends start encouraging him to appear in the SSC examination. I was surprised to note that the candidates having excellent academic records (especially the girls), are nowadays opting for SSC because of the job security.

Another valid argument put forward by them is that there always remains a scope of promotion through departmental examination, which will not prove to be a very difficult proposition for the candidates having excellent educational qualifications. The working environment is without much pressure, and this proves another big attraction.

Also, in Delhi and in many big cities, once a candidate gets a job in a Central government department, one gets a government accommodation in the vicinity of south Delhi. For many of the families, this becomes a major positive, as buying a property in Delhi has already gone out of the reach of even a middle class family.

In the corporate sector, the situation is hardly attractive. Owing to stiff competition, the big organisations like TATA are asking the candidates to fill up a bond for at least two years duration, which very often leaves the young aspirants as a slave depending on the mercy of the management.

Also, working far away from your native place and family under totally different social conditions can be difficult. Facing day to day problems ranging from availability of suitable cuisine to language constrains very often prove challenging. On top of that, with the restricted chances of leave, late working hours and biased team leaders, it all becomes a stressful phase for the majority of young working force.

From the parents’ point of view, another glorious but less preferred area remains a career in the armed forces. The reason is that the perks and salary is still not very attractive in the armed forces and the job can be tough. Also, the preference of the younger generation to stay with the family is a major hurdle in filling up of the thousands of vacancies.

In fact, even today, there is no problem for the extraordinary brilliant students. They are able to pursue the career of their choice, be it civil services, medical, becoming CA or joining multinationals/PSUs as management trainees. But the focus today is on the second line of warriors.

In the arena of Hotel management, software, production units, marketing and sales (target based jobs), the number of candidates are abnormally higher in comparison to the jobs available. This is the area of concern and the new government should work on generating jobs quickly, so as to let the younger generation feel that good days have really there for them.

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