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MUHAMMAD TAWAKKAL BIN ABDULLAH HALIM
WHAT DO EMPLOYERS EXPECT FROM FRESH GRADUATES?
It has been not long since the day of every job in all fields does not really hard to get. There was a day, being in IT field meant you knew some basic programming languages and how a computer works or being in Agriculture meant you knew some basic plantation and harvesting. It was not so much to say during that time job is always available and you can get it if you just had some basic skills and had the will to get the job. That time has rapidly changed as every field had become variant, and so there is a big number of people graduating from different courses yet from the same field. However, it is not necessarily applied to everyone as some people learn different thing and work in different fields. Nowadays, getting a job is considered as a competitive event and fresh graduates cannot rely on just their degree or certification, they need to have certain skills and the ability to get the job and had a proper work place. This meant lots of competition will happen and graduates need to anticipate what is employers expect from them to make sure the job is in the grasp and you will survive in the career worlds.
First, employers will expect that graduates had certain skills in the job. According to Matt B. (Brady, 2016) generally, employers will expect you to have relevant certification and enough knowledge and optionally; experience to hit the ground running, lot of job field comes with their own set of requirement. This simply meant if you into certain field you had to get the skills needed in that field, for example you are expected to be able to communicate well as a spokesperson or have great management skill if you are a manager. Yet this is not really proven right as there is some people who is having unrelated job from what they have been study before. Actress Natalie Portman for an instance had a degree from Harvard in Psychology yet her career is an actress. However, you should always consider to be expected that you had the skills needed to manage and work out the job you are applying.
Second, employers will expect graduates to have leadership skills. Leadership skills meant that you can manage your career and make sure everything goes without faulty by coordinating your work with others. Graduates usually tend to be the one getting the job done and always obey the order from their senior colleagues, still they have to realize that employers expect them to climb the ladders and develop their own leadership skills. Employers choose fresh graduates who show a potential to be a team leader or manager in the future even if they only hiring for an entry-level position (Cassels, 2015). Having leadership skills show that you are a self-starter and you can handle decision-making well.
Dr. Wisal Ahmad and Aamir K. (2012) stated that leaders perform at a different levels of management, however every levels leader need to motivate their colleagues, communicate and make sure teambuilding is in a good shape. Motivation, communication, and teambuilding skills are interrelated and complementary and that is why leadership needs to be developed in these area (Gilley, McMillan, Gilley, 2009). Graduates who display leadership skills in the workplace and lead by example create a trusting and respectful work environment. The respect of your colleagues can go a long way in helping you achieve your career goals (Johnson, 2008).
Third, leadership skills will be developed from teamwork skills which is also expected skill from fresh graduates. Teamwork defined as a cooperative process that allows ordinary people to achieve extraordinary results (Scarnati, 2001).Teamwork is fostered from your ability to be a strong leader, and live by the guidelines that you establish. According to Jimmy Cassels (2015) no man is an island, corporations and organization are made up of teams involving people of different backgrounds working in harmony. Employers expecting someone who is cooperative and able to achieve the goal by working together. Being a team player, with a passion for collaboration, must be one of your strengths. Breslow, L. (1998) stated; to work together successfully, group members must demonstrate a sense of cohesion. Cohesion emerges as group members exhibit the following skills; openness, trust and self-disclosure, support and respect. Fresh graduates should adapt these teamwork skills to make sure they can cooperate well and achieve the goals while impressing the employers.
Last, employers expect fresh graduates come to work and do your job. Gnat and Halgem (2012) stated that employers expect you tell in advance if you are not going to come to work. That seems really obvious, but some of the fresh graduates (not necessarily only developers) did not seem to grasp this. They generally got fired if they did not change their ways. Yes, salaried means you do not have to work exactly 40 hours, but it does not mean you can get by with working only 10 hours either. Yes, there is some flex, but when you are new, it is best to check with your boss about how much the organization will tolerate. Some places people come in at ten or eleven and stay until late in the night, other places need and expect people there by nine. Learn what your organizational norms are and live with them until you have a track record of accomplishment. You can ask for more flexibility when they know you will deliver.
To conclude, having skills in related field of the job, leadership skills, teamwork skills and always be at work is expected to be done by fresh graduates. Moreover, fresh graduates should know what is employers their applying job or working for expect from them as it will improve their chance to get the job or have better workplace environment.
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Scarnati, J. T. (2001). On Becoming Team Player. Team Performance Management: An International Journal, 7.eam leader or manager in the future even if they only hiring for an entry-level position (Cassels, 2015). Having leadership skills show that you are a self-starter and you can handle decision-making well.
Third, leadership skills will be developed from teamwork skills which is also expected skill from fresh graduates. Teamwork defined as a cooperative process that allows ordinary people to achieve extraordinary results (Scarnati, 2001).Teamwork is fostered from your ability to be a strong leader, and live by the guidelines that you establish. According to Jimmy Cassels (2015) no man is an island, corporations and organization are made up of teams involving people of different backgrounds working in harmony. Employers expecting someone who is cooperative and able to achieve the goal by working together. Being a t