Of educated unemployed young people

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Oct 2017 11:44:16


The young man is an engineering graduate. He did get a job through campus placement in a reasonably good company. But before he realised, he lost the job just in a few months. The HR Manager of the company told him that he was not good enough to fulfill the job expectations. The fellow then tried to land a job for himself in several other companies, but returned with a ‘No’ for an answer. Now, he is willing to work for any sum, even a pittance. Yet, even that also does not seem possible. His hunt has been going for quite a few months. 

Another young man who passed out of an MBA college last year also suffered from a similar problem. The job he got through campus placement did not last long. The HR Manager there, too, said a similar thing: ‘You are not good enough for us. Wish you all the best’.


There is a third example, too, of another young person who kept getting low-paying jobs even through campus placements and kept saying ‘no’ to those openings. For the past three years, he also is without any credible job. Meanwhile, he has worked at one or two places but opted out since there was no substance on offer.


Such examples are visible in our society in increasing numbers these days. At a conclave of HR Managers, I broached this subject in my speech. The moment I stopped, I was thronged by at least half a dozen of HR professionals asserting that the guys and galls stepping out of most colleges were just not employable. And the moment the word ‘unemployable’ comes into play, all discussions come to a grinding halt.


The situation is so grim that you are quite likely to come across countless irritable youths -- boys and girls in the society -- looking for sensible openings, meaningful employment. Even a casual survey would suggest that the average salaries these people are getting is abominably low, not meriting even a mention.


This is happening across the educational spectrum -- engineering, commerce, management, humanities, commerce. I also came across many medical graduates, too, looking for jobs for whatever emoluments.
Of course, this is not an issue that can be discussed in a few moments. This is one issue that needs a serious handling by the whole society.


True, there are quite many young men and women who get good jobs. But their numbers are small in comparison to the larger social picture on the employment front. If ten thousand people, for example, find decent jobs, there are at least one lakh young people who still are without employment. Thus, a superficial survey, too, would arrive at an inference that barely 10% of young people land proper jobs. The rest stay without any such opportunity, thanks to their own ‘unemployability’ or the failure of the system to have enough numbers of meaningful jobs.


This is a very grim situation, and our rulers and our social leaders are just not opening their minds to the solution of this problem of ‘educated unemployed’ youths. This is the situation in our cities. And the situation in the smaller places and villages is certainly worse. In villages and smaller towns, groups of young people are seen standing around chai ki tapri smoking away and drinking the brown hot water in the name of tea.


These youngsters have nowhere to go, nowhere to look forward to. This is the most vulnerable condition when the guys fall prey to addictions of various kinds. Even girls are not spared from this malaise.
How do we sort out this issue? Is this sounding too
negative? As a society, we need to find out the right answers and right solutions.