Going slightly off topic from my more regular football related posts, I have a question that I invite my readers to respond to. If you are currently working or studying in Universities or Colleges around the world, do you believe that it is wise to find a job before even completing your studies or should you wait after your studies?
My own thoughts:
A jobs is important. True. But quite frankly, I do not see the point of rushing to find a job when you still have 4-5 months left on your studies and you still haven’t completed your Final Year Projects and Final Examinations. For me, it is too much too soon. For a Bachelor degree in Malaysia, you will complete your education typically between 20-25 depending on your chosen field of studies.
You typically then work until you’re 50-70. That’s another 25-45 years of working. Surely waiting a few months to finish your studies properly before looking for a job is fine? Job hunting comes with a lot of headaches. Is it wise to be contemplating those issues while you still have your FYP, assignments and other classes to rush?
Now, I am not saying that you should not be looking around to gauge what jobs are available. I’m merely saying that there is no need to rush into interviews and getting upset when you do not land a job. Also, I do believe that landing a job offer before completion of studies may lead to some students falling into a false sense of security with the thinking that they already have a job and therefore, their FYP and final examination results are no longer THAT important.
I didn’t start job hunting until a month after I completed my final examinations. I’m not a genius or an extremely hard working person or anything like that. If I had to rate myself, I’d say that I’m a borderline average person who takes things easy. I do admit that landing a job requires a speck of luck but there isn’t much point to go all out to hunt for jobs and attend countless interviews even before you have completed your FYP and finals.
In the end, it is the individual’s choice and I am not attempting to say which way is right or wrong. All I want to know is what did you do or when are you going to start job hunting. For most people, entering the workforce is entering into a 40 year period where you are committed to a 8-5.30 (or longer) day for 5-6 days a week. Why the hurry to look for torture?
I guess it is the human tendency to want things they don’t have yet but never appreciating the things they have until it is too late.
Share your thoughts. I am deeply interested.