Hi. I've got something to say to you, 'Disappointed Local First-Class Graduate', from Kuala Lumpur. You've hit the nail on some spots, but not all. The first was that startling first line about local universities having been blamed for not producing well-rounded students, resulting in unemployable fresh graduates… Another reason that contributes to this problems is maybe that fresh graduates are too choosy in searching for jobs, you say. Well yeah you're right here, in places.
But I completely agree with you, about that biasness bit, and not only that, I've got MORE to add to your wonderful quarter-tabloid-theory there. In fact, you have successfully managed to sum the whole problem up up, in a, well, rather eloquently phrased, but terribly self-serving letter to the editor. I hope you don't mind that I nitpick on the several knots that you've managed to tied yourself in. Like for example, this fantastical paragraph where you've mentioned,
…I was offered a similar post in my host company with the salary of a second-class degree holder.
And then this one as a quick follow-up,
The reason was because my university was not listed as a 'first-tier university' by the company
And your analysed reasons for that possibly dismal SECOND-CLASS DEGREE HOLDER'S salary that you were offered
…some managers have a wrong perception of local private university founded by well-established local firms. … They assume that graduates produced by these universities should only be considered first tier should they work in the field related to the firm that establishes the university.
A while later you also said this,
Paying second-tier salary to highly qualified local graduates who have undergone long internship in similar jobs will indeed give rise to job dissatisfaction…
I'm still nitpicking, but I got tired of pulling out the paragraphs. So I'm going to go ballistics here, and most ppl know I've been very subdued for a long time, so this is a rare moment here, be glad I'm staying up a little later just to write this, yeah?
But first. I just thought I'd share some common observations, and well, you might have heard this before:
Biasness will always occur. It's only natural to be biased. Universities aren't ranked top-tiered for nothing. So well, that watermark on your certificate DID do something to help you get that internship and THAT job you rejected in the first place.
But here's something else you might not have known. Biasness is coupled with something called higher expectations when your degree happens to say 'First Class Honours'. Because that's when people expect you to be a… well, genius of sorts. Not everyone manages to score at least 95% As in every paper during varsity, right? So that, I'm just reminding you. You're very smart to have gotten your first class certification, but when you're certified as EXTRA smart, people tend to expect more.
Oh yeah, someone remind me. What on earth is a 'second-class' salary?
And how the hell did you know the reason for your ex-employers' decision to 'downgrade' your level? Despite your oh-so-great-first class blabla?
I quite like the fact that you summed up the reasons that the managers did not 'live up to your expectations'. You're SOOOOOOOO imaginative, I must say. Probably should have considered seeking a career in mind-reading in your next life. You know, if you believe in reincarnation or that sort of thing. Maybe, you won't have to get disappointed by second-class degree holders' salaries… I heard that mind-reading is a rather niche vocation.
Oh fucks. I got tired of picking on you. You know, for all your perfect English and well-planned words, you're a freaking idiot. I don't know which varsity awarded you the first class honours degree, but obviously you're nowhere near your version of 'socially' impressive. I'm amazed you were even offered a job… because, excuse me, your letter is dripping with arrogance. It's so drenched in narcissistic 'I'M SO GREAT I'M THE BEST EMPLOYEE IN THE WORLD, I'M HIGHLY QUALIFIED' crap, I'm nauseated. And terribly unimpressed. Proof:
I have left my job and am now pursuing my postgraduate degree in a top university overseas, scoring, on average, an A in all of my subjects during my first semester.
Oh, and then, I think its hilariously ironic that you tried to clean up your show-off act with, ' In my humble opinion, local graduates are of the highest quality, and are on par with graduates from other nations, if not better. '
So here it is: I don't think you're humble at all lah. I think you're a bit conceited. OK. Let me correct that.
I think you're VERY conceited. God knows how you even got a job in the first place. Thank god you have that final mite of intelligence to write yourself in as an anonymous 'Disappointed First Class Local Graduate'. Had you put your name down, you would have earned yourself an infamous reputation.
See I'm getting a little tired, and then someone showed me this silly post on Star Blogs, and you know, I pity the poor English-not-so-good guy more than I pity you, despite me shaking my head going, 'How the heck did he graduate anyway?' while I read that thing. At least he's not pathetic you know? At least he's not like you. I mean, he's got a LONG LONG way to go before he reaches the top, but you, my friend, you have a very long way to fall down, and I think the crash on the ground is going to have your guts splattered all over.
You ought to consider yourself fortunate you got my attention. Even if it was a not-so-good one. And you know what, for the worth of that well-written letter to the editor itself? If you ever sit before me to ask me for a job, well I'll tell you no. Right off. Not even your first class honours degree is going to help you impress me.
Because your attitude sucks. And it's showing all over in that hoity-toity little thang you wrote to the editor.
And by the way, just by reading that letter to the editor you wrote? I seriously doubt you deserved your first-class honours. Because you know, sometimes, it's not all about the grades.
I'm at the office today!! Got in earlier just to dig out these two previously related posts for extra reading. Folks, this, and these, are the things that got me annoyed.
No one owes you a job
Knowing our places