1. Economy is not in your favour
In the recent time, the economy has not been in a healthy mood and this does not augur well not only for fresh graduates, but also for experienced people and executives. In different quarters of the world, companies are closing down, businesses are put up for sale, and workers are made being made redundant.
If seasoned professionals are facing problems, you can imagine the adversity that awaits a freshman. So, for a moment there, forget about that high paying job, and forget about working in a company next door to your house.
2. Bull’s eye strategy may not work for you
While you have set your eye on one or two major corporations, whatever strategy you deploy, it may not work. The reason could be one mentioned above, a silly underestimation or luck is simply not in your favour. When that happens, you are left high and dry. So remember, play safe. You can be smart, but more importantly, be realistic.
3. Fast expiry date
The longer you wait for your first job, the faster you are in approaching your ‘expiry date’. This ‘expiry date’ refers to a state where you are deemed completely useless in the working world. At this stage, no one wants you for sure as you seem to be worthless. As the time passes by, you will leave a gaping void which will not look good in your resume. This is the opposite of those who already have job in hand, where the longer they stay, their value multifolds and their expiry is lengthened.
4. Your first class degree does not promise anything, yet
The days have passed where academic results dictate the quality of a graduate. They no longer become a valid yardstick for graduate’s performance at workplace. In Britain, the excessive number of first class students produced in the recent years presented a growing concern to the observers (Read: Excessive First Class Students in UK). In Malaysia, finding a first class student today sounds as easy as finding an unscrupulous taxi driver (Malaysia Taxi Among the Worst). They are just everywhere. Just because you scored top marks in school, it is not the time to make ruckus, yet.
5. There’s opportunity in disguise
Sometimes, lifetime opportunity comes in many different disguises. It may even come in an ugly-looking, poorly compensated and labour-intensive routine job. But what you fail to see is the exposure, knowledge and the vast network that you will be tapping into. Similarly, look can be deceiving. For long you thought that those smartly and sharply dressed people are the most successful and the most highly paid people in the real world. With that in mind, you seek to find executive jobs in big cities before ending up with a harsh reality check.