The National – Wednesday, February 16, 2011
FINDING jobs after graduating from PNG universities and colleges is a big challenge many graduates face despite the current resource development boom.
Our country is a young, Christian and blessed with abundant resources but unfortunately it has been crippled by nepotism and bribery.
We can hardly see fairness and honesty being practised in the day-to-day business at our public offices in Waigani.
As a developing nation, the government needs to establish graduate development programme to train and utilise fresh graduates upon completion of their studies.
It is the best way to develop a competitive pool of trained human resource and make full use of knowledge and skills learned at school.
Most experienced applicants have competitive advantage over the inexperienced graduates who find it challenging and next to impossible to get employment after graduation.
Experience is obviously one of the prerequisites for recruitment for the organisation in its pursuit to employ the right people for the right job.
However, employers seem to ignore the potential that inexperienced graduates have that can impact the organisation in an innovative way than the experienced applicants.
Graduates have the updated and right knowledge, skills and ideas and therefore need to be given the opportunity to develop those qualities in them.
The government should appreciate the valuable time, financial resources used and the effort put into attaining the qualification, by creating the avenue for the graduates to be readily used in the workforce.
Many graduates find it very difficult to find jobs in Port Moresby and other urban centres. To secure a good paying job through the formal and honest way is non-existent. So such situation is promoting an increase in bribery and corruption.
Nowadays, many human resource managers and recruitment officers from government organisations and businesses bypass set recruitment processes in favour of relatives and to accept bribery.
Morally and constitutionally wrong behaviours are now being accepted as a normal practice in most government offices, especially at Waigani, that is the Waigani Way.
This growing trend is a serious development threat because it is unhealthy for PNG’s future generation. We will never realise our vision to become smart, wiser, healthier and prosperous nation by 2050.
Those in positions of responsibility take advantage of public offices, initiate and accept bribes to accept applicants.
These people are making life hard for the graduates and genuine citizens to suffer must take heed that their years are numbered.
This corrupt and demonic behaviour in Waigani has been passed on to the ordinary and disadvantaged citizens.
I am sorry to say that but it is true that they will reap what they sow, meaning those very people will get the result for their own actions.
Corruption is a very serious sin in nature and those who are promoting such evil behaviour will sooner or later harvest their reward. Their reward is short life and death.