How often have you heard or even experience if you are a graduate or a post graduate, companies saying “we only prefer candidates from LUMS and IBA”? Well I am quite sure that you have heard this quite a lot and those who are not from these reputable universities, like me, often get annoyed by this statement that seems quite blatant and unprofessional.
Before we proceed with the article let me make myself clear that this article is not written to demean and disgrace any institute but just to show that remaining institutes are producing valuable and talented candidates too and these students are also worthy of equal job opportunities just as their counterparts in LUMS and IBA.
There is an open bias attitude that is apparent in the recruitment process of leading organizations that make pretty clear what their choice and preference is. This is strictly unprofessional attitude and must be pointed out to make sure that this behavior is not encouraging and is creating differences among the graduates on the basis of the universities they attended.
What these “respectful” organizations are missing is that there are talented and worthy candidates who may not be graduated from these preferred institutes but, these, if hired will prove asset for the company. We need to understand that organizations need talent and skills and that can be found even in a student who has not attended one of these preferred universities.
The purpose of this write up is to recognize that by limiting the profile of potential candidates, these organizations are missing a pool of graduates who can prove to be a great asset for their organization. This kind of attitude and organizations with the clear message at the time of hiring that “we only prefer IBA and LUMS graduate”, creates a feeling of insecurity and being left out for the students of other institutes.
Being a graduate of Karachi University I have led a very balance and successful life and have excelled in my career because I had the willingness to perform better and better in my field. Not because I attended some preferred institute. Throughout my career, I have been enough competitive and this is a proof that anyone who is sincere to his career and is determine to proof himself can achieve heights.
This is my sincere advice to all the graduates who are applying for jobs such as jobs in international sales or in content and marketing , be confident and stay determined!
Naveen, is a Karachi University graduate and a successful writer, journalist and retired teacher. After reading an article in a leading newspaper of Pakistan, to check that whether the writer has some authenticity to his work or not I randomly searched the term “event management jobs in Pakistan” and the first link that i opened up had very clearly mentioned that only candidates from preferred universities only.
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