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Imagine you have just graduated from university, with your degree in hand and a heart full of hope and dreams for your future. You have spent the last few years preparing for this moment, studying hard and learning everything you can to prepare yourself for the workforce. But as you start to look for jobs, you quickly realize that most of the opportunities available require years of work experience. You feel discouraged and wonder what the future holds for you and other fresh graduates in a job market that seems to value experience over potential.

The Importance of Work Experience

It is no secret that work experience is highly valued in the job market. Employers are looking for candidates who have proven themselves in a professional setting, who know how to navigate the workplace and can hit the ground running. But this emphasis on work experience can be incredibly frustrating for fresh graduates who are just starting out.

One of the main reasons why employers prefer candidates with work experience is that it reduces the risk of hiring someone who may not be able to perform well in the role. Experienced candidates have a track record of success and can provide references to vouch for their skills and abilities. This can be reassuring for employers who want to minimize the risk of making a bad hire.

However, this focus on work experience can be short-sighted. It assumes that all candidates with experience are equally qualified, which is not always the case. Some candidates may have years of experience but lack the necessary skills or qualities to excel in a particular role. On the other hand, fresh graduates may have limited experience but possess a strong work ethic, a willingness to learn, and the potential to grow and succeed in the job.

The Impact of the Reservation System

In many countries, there is also the added challenge of the reservation system, which can make it even more difficult for deserving candidates to secure a job. The reservation system is designed to provide opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, such as those from low-income families or marginalized communities.

While the reservation system is intended to be a positive step towards greater equity and social justice, it can also create a situation where candidates who are more qualified and experienced are overlooked in favor of those who meet the criteria for the reservation. This can be demoralizing for candidates who have worked hard to build their skills and experience, only to be passed over for someone who may not have the same level of qualifications but fits the criteria for the reservation system.

Of course, it is important to acknowledge that the reservation system has helped many individuals who would otherwise not have had access to the same opportunities. However, it is also important to consider the unintended consequences of the system and work towards finding a balance that ensures fairness for all candidates.


In conclusion, the focus on work experience in the job market can be a significant barrier for fresh graduates who are just starting out. While experience is important, it is not the only factor that should be considered when evaluating potential candidates. Employers should also look at a candidate’s potential, work ethic, and willingness to learn and grow.

Additionally, the reservation system can also create challenges for deserving candidates who may be overlooked in favor of those who meet the criteria for the system. While it is important to provide opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, it is also important to ensure that all candidates are evaluated fairly based on their qualifications and potential.

Ultimately, the job market should be a place where all candidates have an equal opportunity to succeed and pursue their dreams, regardless of their background or level of experience. By working towards greater equity and fairness in hiring practices, we can create a more just and inclusive job market for all.


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3 thoughts on “EMPLOYMENT FOR YOUTH.

  1. It’s correct that experience is one of the criteria for many jobs that fresh graduates don’t have. This is why there are certain openings which accept fresh graduates without any condition attached. For example, banking service either in clerical cadre or probationary officer. There are recruitment exams conducted by UPSC (e.g. civil services) and state PSCs, where no experience is required. Similarly IT companies also recruit fresh graduates. Yes, for job hopping, experience is required. As regards reservation, I’m of the considered view that reservation should be given upto education level only, where they should be so equipped that they can easily compete with general candidates.
    Thank you, Aparna ji, for raising such a burning topic, as employment for youth is the most crucial issue.👌😊😊❤️❤️

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