Dear Careers That Ask A Lot For Entry Level Jobs…You Really Suck

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Stop me if you’ve heard this before friend. You recently graduated with a BA in your field. You managed to get some internships/experience and you are ready for your ideal career.

Now depending on your career of interest, you may run into job descriptions like this:

Key Qualifications:

At least three to five years experience in a fast-paced news environment. A strong command of grammar and style. Familiarity with the AP Stylebook. A keen understanding of what makes for compelling copy. A clear understanding of high-quality journalism. The ability to convey complicated news stories succinctly.

A willingness to work collaboratively with other members of the News team, including those based in California and in other markets. Strong time-management skills and a demonstrated ability to work independently as well as in a team environment. Excellent communication, cross-group collaboration, and planning skills with attention to details and deadlines. Bachelor’s or Master’s preferred.

Or job descriptions may read like this:

Preferred qualifications:

Master’s, PhD degree, further education or experience in engineering, computer science or other technical related field.

Experience with one or more general purpose programming languages including but not limited to: Java, C/C++, C#, Objective C, Python, or JavaScript.

Interest and ability to learn other coding languages as needed.

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So what is the common denominator here? Both of these careers are asking for a lot from their applicants, which makes sense. Now are these bullet points obtainable? Depending on your demographics and social standing, having the time to meet these qualifications while trying to graduate is difficult. Honestly, it feels more luck based.

Employers understandably, deserve to get the best of the best. Yet, when your entry level jobs feel like gate-keeping…is it the best of the best? Or is it more of a case, where you happen to hit the lotto to attain the require education or experience? I would like to add most applicants don’t lack the skills. Many of us have the skills already.

Pursuing a post bachelor education and or working for career experience is very time consuming. If you’re someone that needs to support themselves and pursue your dream, you may not room for that dream.

Getting that Higher education and obtaining career experience without going hungry or paying bills is something of a privilege.

Now, would you like to prove me wrong my fellow millennial? How many people do you know personally that have master degrees? How many people do you know were able to intern extensively without issues? One more question, how many were able to obtain the type of jobs I’ve ? No really, I’ll wait friend.

Now many companies and careers have issues with their diversity reports. Have you wondered what else factors into that? Well, when your entry level jobs ask for 4 years of school, 4–5 years of work (likely free), and or a masters how many people really have all of that? The pool is small and it’s certainly targeted to those in good economic situations.

You’ll probably ask; hey what about internships? Internships are fine but to a degree…exploitative. If that internships experience doesn’t yield a job after graduation, congrats friend you worked for free (another problem)! Excuse me friend, I mean you worked for “exposure”.

When it comes down to it, we have to rely on our networks and build. We have to do this in hopes someone passes our name along. Will that happen for myself or my friends/mutuals? I have no idea but I will celebrate their successes when they make career advances.

I could go on and on about this but you get the point. If you happen to be a hiring manager or are involved in the hiring process could you think it over?

Shouldn’t we be judged by the quality of our work more so than the quantitative aspects? Don’t you think the work from someone invested is worth more than others?

Side note: Just give us a shot and bring down your gates?

Sincerely, Jeff a semi frustrated would be writer/editor

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I bat for PoCs, marginalized, equality, inclusion & geekdom. I'm warming the bench until coach subs me in.

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