KATHMANDU, Feb 15: Kathmandu, over time, has grown and is growing and with it, the job market has become more competitive. While the market grows, the job market too has become more of a cutthroat arena to get that “perfect job” and the “perfect pay.”
Youth in Nepal, as they become more independent and seek jobs at an early age for experience and for that extra pocket money, the prospect of getting a job is getting difficult by the day.
So what kind of job should youth today expect? Will their area of studies help at all to get a job? How are they going about it and what are their expectations?
22-year-old Ritesh Marwadi, currently studying BBA/BI (Bachelor in Business Administration and Business Insurance) at Ace Institute of Management in Baneshwar, says, “I hope to work in a bank or an insurance company because that’s what I’m studying at the moment,” adding, “the course is pretty good and when I graduate, I’m quite sure that I’ll get hold of a job and when I complete my Masters, hopefully I’ll get to open my own business.”
Prakriti Gajurel, 23, a student of BBA at Ace Institute, too, hopes to get a suitable job when she graduates.
“I’ll work, but not in a bank, and then may start my own business,” she says. According to her, business management students eventually join the course because they want to work, mostly in banks but grow out of it, “because they don’t want to work under someone and the pressure is a bit too much to handle.”
Bijaya Dahal, 21, a student of Development Studies at National College, has a different thought. She hopes to work with the United Nations in the future and work in an old-age home or an orphanage during her free time.
“I want to give my bit to the development of Nepal and that’s why I joined development studies,” shares Bijaya.
When asked how the prospect of getting a job looks like to them when they graduate and get that much wanted degree, all of them said that getting a job is not easy but eventually they will. And the prospect of going abroad is always there!
Suresh Limbu, 30, who completed his Master’s in Major English in Nepal, is positive that he is not going anywhere abroad but he is thinking that he will do his own business and contribute to the economy of the country.
“People who do English Major either become teachers in schools or go abroad for further studies and don’t come back,” says Suresh. Begging to differ, he says that he wants to open a business, even though he has not studied business management, and that he is already into it. “As people are going out so very often nowadays, a coffee house is what I’m up to now,” he says.
It was interesting to comprehend how everyone wanted to go abroad for their Masters and then come back. When asked why, Ritesh promptly answers by saying, “Because the degree’s here doesn’t have much value when it comes to management but degrees from abroad means you get a secured job somewhere.”
Prakriti, on the other hand, thinks that getting degree from abroad will help her broaden her knowledge and that she will experience something different than that of Kathmandu and the standard of the education system in Nepal is not of help at all.
Anup Poudel, 22, the winner of Democracy Video Challenge of 2010, who currently is studying in Oscar College of Film Studies, is hopeful that he will get to make movies that will put Nepal up in the international limelight.
“The Nepali movies now being produced lack technology. However, we’re growing and I want to make movies when I graduate,” says a smiling and positive Anup.
However, he is not sure if the chance will arrive because the investment in movies in Nepal is much less but is very determined to do something in the film making sector.
As the job market gets narrower by the day and the unemployment rate growing with the number of graduates increasing, it will, definitely, not be not be a piece of cake getting hold of a job that one wants.