The state of the nation through recession hasn’t favoured job markets to create enough job opportunities especially for graduates which makes them face some difficulties while in search soft jobs, especially highly paid jobs. Some have been discouraged, questioned the essence of their tertiary education as job markets are unfavourable enough for them to get graduate positions through first degrees.
Financial support is quite a major challenge for most job seekers. Most wouldn’t have bothered being in search of jobs if they have all resources to build their businesses at their bell and call. However, as it is that not all would end up having a white-collar job, so is it, that not everyone would most likely venture into a business after all.
Most job seekers are being rejected as they are termed inexperienced by their employers because they do not have adequate work experience to contribute meaningfully to the organization while, some are usually referred to as underqualified for a particular job position. Less often, some graduates get comments such as being overqualified for a particular position because they possess higher degrees.
In addition, graduate internships could have been an opportunity to have experience and acquire more knowledge in chosen career, but are usually taken by some other candidates whose family members already work in the company. Sometimes, the internships are not paid for by the employers.
Most often, job seekers are victims of modern day slavery. They are being underpaid for the job they perform in the organization. Imagine a University Graduate with the grade of 2’1 still being paid 40,000 naira with the economy situation of the country. Some accept the offer while some decline it. However, this is not fair enough and discourages job seekers most times.
Another main challenge is fake job advertisements. This poses a lot of threats on job seekers as some have been victims of fraudulent acts, kidnapping and other atrocities. However, being familiar with real latest job platforms as well as right tools for job seeking would save not just a lot of stress but also reduce the challenges encountered in job seeking.
Also, the location of some good jobs seems concentrated to a particular geopolitical zone in Nigeria-Lagos, Abuja, and Port Harcourt. This in fact is a very serious issue, as most Job seekers tend to leave their homes and families in search of a greener pastures to places they have or may not have relatives to stay with.
These and lots more remain the daily encounters of most job seekers in Nigeria.