Anil Thakraney: Dear fresh MBA, you’re pissing me off

31 May,2013

By Anil Thakraney

 

Yes, I know it’s tough landing jobs for management school grads these days. (As also for mass communications grads, I would imagine.) The economic slowdown hasn’t ended, many companies have frozen or scaled down recruitment plans. There are too many institutes throwing up too many students, and the market isn’t able to absorb all of them. In fact, this year has been particularly horrid, even some IIM grads found it difficult to get jobs. Who would have ever thought the day will come.

 

And so, desperate times call for desperate measures. Graduates have been frantically hitting on their institute alumni for jobs, with the hope that the ex students, now at senior positions in the corporate world, would come to their rescue. That’s a correct strategy; the date base of past students is easily available, and some business leaders, for emotional reasons, would offer fresh grads at least an interview opportunity, if not a job. So all kosher on that front.

 

However, some of the desperate grads have been going about this is an incorrect manner. Case in point, the business management school I passed out from. (This institute shall go unnamed, I don’t wish to make their struggle harder than it already is.) A few students from this institute have been relentlessly stalking me, and to think I don’t even look pretty! Regular e-mails, requests for Linked-In connect, Twitter chase, and the worst of them all… phone calls at odd hours. Even this sort of harassment can be forgiven if, and this is the important point, these dudes bothered to do their homework before going after you.

 

Because if they cared to do a little research, they would discover, without much effort, that I am no longer part of the corporate world, I haven’t been so for many years. I shifted to journalism nearly fifteen years ago. Which obviously means I have no job opportunities to offer these fresh MBAs. So when they pursue me, they are not just wasting their own precious time, they are messing up my mind, and getting me really agitated in the process. Of course, they can contact me if they, too, wish to be journalists, but that will only happen if they bothered to do their goddamned research in the first place.

 

I’ll end with a strong message to all new business/communication school grads: The worst thing you can do in this trade is to approach someone without doing your homework. That really sucks. And when you do that, I am left feeling that you deserve to be jobless. Digest this very carefully. And then deal with it.

 

PS: Ah! Brilliant, brilliant Bourneville ad, loved it! India mein bhi aisa ad karo, bhaiyya. We need to anyway kill the excessive sweetness in our advertising.

 

Anil Thakraney is a senior journalist and commentator. He is also Editor-at-Large, MxMIndia. The views expressed here are his own. He can be reached via Twitter at @anilthakraney

 

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