Have you ever wondered if it’s possible for recent college graduates to compete against more experienced employees for employment opportunities? As a recent college graduate and interviewee, I have come to understand that employers more often decide on hiring the more experience workers in the belief that the experience employees have been exposed to real life situations, are more likely to be stable, thus looking less for other employment and are more capable in performance. On the other hand, college graduates are not hired in most situations because employers assume the college graduate are not capable in the practical sense, are more ambitious than the interviewer himself, and are too young to be taken seriously.
However, let me express that not because someone is more experience than a college graduate it means that they are more capable and more likely to succeed in the workplace. As an engineering intern, I had the opportunity to work with experience engineers for an automotive company. I had the opportunity to work for a company in the direction of an “experience” engineer, but soon realize that it was all an illusion.
As I started at my internship it was then obvious that the engineer himself felt that I was more experience than him in technology, business, and methodologies. There was one occasion where the engineer was so frustrated because he could not figure out how to operate a computer program, after many tries gave up and asked for my help. I gladly figured out the problem and he acknowledged he lacked skills that I as a college graduates possess. This is why hiring managers should reconsider and stop making assumptions when hiring college graduates.
There is definitely one thing in common between experience and college graduates and that the answers are that both want a future where they can continue making a difference, feel as contributors to society, and ultimately fulfilled their goals. Why can both individuals co-exist in the workplace, why can a college graduate obtain a position?
While the economy continues to decline my suggestion to all college graduates is the following: at a 4 year college students are taught to be business leaders, to interact with a vast diversity of individuals, and to develop a team player attitude. But, something that graduates are not taught in the university is that in every company there will be an individual in upper management that does not value those traits. That does not mean that the college graduate should succumb rather demonstrate that he/she is an asset and that college is a stepping stone that prepares us for the real world.