By Meleasie Goviro – EM TV News, Port Moresby
Not securing employment in their chosen field remains the key concern after students graduate from institutions.
Akino Wano, Human Resource with SP Brewery, at the International Training Institutes 47th graduation gave a frank but realistic reminder to students.
She said that it wasn’t going to be easy and graduates should not relax just because they had graduated.
Wano wanted students to know that the chance of getting the job of their dreams isn’t a straightforward process.
She believed a lot of students aim high but forgot that humble beginnings are what build a person.
In her experience as HR personnel, she said the odds of graduates getting a job of their respective profession were quite slim.
The ratio of graduates to a job, in her opinion, ranged between 20 to 30 graduates.
She stated that although outstanding academic performance was key, it was character that attracted employment over academic performance.
Sivanathan Sivaruban, Academic Director of ITI, however held an optimistic view.
He believed students from ITI had an advantage, in that the courses offered there qualified graduates for core positions in every company.
A handful of graduates said they were either already working or have secured positions in various companies.