Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life, a statement attributed to the ancient Chinese sage Confucius — which people often abide by when seeking a job.
But choosing a stable career path can be an arduous challenge to the majority of students, since finding a job to suit your passion can be a dilemma, like preparing oneself for a future life exam.
The dilemma is akin to: wealth versus passion, or money versus happiness; to the extreme, pride of the high achiever but alas the student faces the prejudice of employers who value English literacy as the highest qualification which is weakest point.
Aiming to meet the market demand of matching careers with jobs, Cambodian-Japan Cooperation Center (CJCC) presided over its annual job fair to provide a platform to assist both job seeker and potential employer. Thus, allowing companies to meet and present their profiles to create an opportunity for job seeker, especially fresh graduate students who can speak openly with the employer regarding their resume and application requirements.
Thousands of students and fresh graduates gathered on CJCC last Saturday for the annual job fair.
The full-day event bringing together more than 30 exhibitors including banks, recruitment agencies, and other private sector companies neatly lined up in the huge hall of Angkor Kizuna.
Adhering to the fact that jobs are not easy to find, grads facing the lopsided reality whereby job seekers far outstrip jobs on offer.
The Youth Today Team conducted interviews with students who shared their perspectives on the issue of job opportunities and to what extent that makes career-seeking a major point of concern after their graduation from college.
Talk direct to employer before applying for job
Leng Rathtanak, a fresh graduate in international relations, emphasized her ideas on how the job fair provides her with an opportunity to discuss about the qualification that both companies and students need to know and require to fulfill before jumping into the working market.
“The job market is quite competitive and searching for a job sometimes can be soul-crushing as there is no guarantee that your qualification will meet the demands of the company. However, being able to participate in this job fair enables me to have a direct interaction and discussion with the company itself to understand broadly the qualification needed that both job finder and company are searching for,” said 22-year-old Rathtanak.
Job experience a real challenge for fresh grad
Phan Savouearn, at 23, is a fresh accounting graduate from Mekong University, tells Youth Today of her insight on the extensive experience requires by some companies. She said: “the high demand of broader experience is one of the big factors that contribute to the hesitation and job-seeking anxiety facing most of the youths nowadays. Since, in general, companies often seek out a well-rounded and skilful employee, (and hence) most fresh graduates often feel intimidated regarding starting out on a job with little experience”.
English literacy a top concern of youths
Despite the fact that English has been spoken widely, language barriers of communicating in English remains a major challenge as most job seekers in Cambodia wish to have effective communication with a potential employer in order to secure a job.
Then Dyna, 19, majored in Computer Science at Norton University demonstrated his perception on the huge influence of the English language barrier in the job market nowadays, that “being able to speak English fluently to most people is a showcase of highly intelligent and capable individual, this way of thinking is a great disadvantage to those job seekers who wish to pour out their skills but fail to get a job due to the English inefficiency”.
Issue over passion and job market
Sad but true! Doing what you really love does not guarantee enough income for your survival. Whether to follow or give up on chasing passion, it definitely depends on how strong the perseverance of an individual is.
Lim Sonalis, 20, says: “For me it’s difficult because we can’t do as our heart desires. Sometimes the profession that we like or prefer is not enough to make a living from it or there’s no market (demand) for that profession. On top of that, the profession that you love isn’t something that you have the talent for. For example, some people love music, but they don’t have the talent as a musician, so they have to practise way harder than those who are born with the talent”.