Lame jobs are better than no jobs
As unemployment becomes a leading cause for financial concern among a majority of households, fresh graduates increasingly prefer lame jobs over no jobs at all.
Odd or lame jobs can offer a full gamut of opportunities for fresh entrants. Unfortunately, in Pakistan the area of odd jobs is not well designed to be treated or accepted appropriately. Interestingly, with enterprises taking a unique shift in work mode, there is no scarcity of jobs, but the offered positions are at times too lame for the new graduate who is passionate about a career ahead.
But, as job offers become more frequent, it raises a question for the candidate: should the sub- optimal offer be taken, or should he hold out for something better? Also, the median starting salary in such cases is found below acceptability.
In the West, there are plenty of jobs for elder care and babysitting too. While there is no trend of such jobs in Pakistan,, the jobless youth find it hard to accept lame jobs, particularly after acquiring a degree.
But according to career experts, fresh graduates should start working as soon as possible, no matter how unfavourable the job market is. As one expert explains, “All you can really ask of yourself in a first job - suboptimal or otherwise - is the opportunity to learn transferrable skills.”
This simply implies that lame jobs are not anymore regarded as lame in the modern market scenario. Says the career expert, “If you’re waitressing, learn how you can increase your tabs. If you’re tutoring, you can gain know- how on customer relations and bringing in new prospects. If you’re in an office job - even if not in your preferred field or company - you can survey what other types of jobs seem interesting to you, and participate in volunteer initiatives your company might sponsor to meet new people. You can participate in conferences and network with people who can help you find job leads in the future.”
Interestingly, lame jobs do not lower the profile of the candidate but indicate a level of initiative potential. Like the western graduates, there should be a similar culture in Pakistan, where still studying or fresh graduates should be ready to take up a challenge in a way they have never been challenged in a classroom.
Particularly, in disappointing job hunting circumstances, lame jobs help in providing a grace period. This is because any period longer than six months of joblessness is questioned by the employer that ‘ why the candidate did not take anything?’
Thus, there can be few suggestions for the jobless youth about which areas can be pursued. Stock work in the local convenience stores can be a good option, while this may seem to be a more hard labour type of odd job, it is actually a great way to get some exercise, interact with people in the community, and keep oneself free from boredom at home.
Newspaper delivery routes are another great way to make money while unemployed. In many cases, paper delivery routes require that you carry auto insurance and work during the late hours or early morning hours, but it will definitely leave some extra cash in hand. And, finally, living in or near a rural area may help in contacting local farmers and agriculture workers about seasonal odd jobs. Doing jobs like harvesting of vegetables, can help in earning some cash as a day labourer and also gives the exercise and exposure to the outdoors that may even prevent mental health complications.
While unemployed, considering odd jobs is a great way to earn some money and opens up opportunities to get involved in new careers and expose to new people and new environments. The corporate sector of Pakistan should be accepting towards lame job backgrounds.