A Higher Education
I had two brushes with higher education this month.
An undergraduate I know, a management student at the University of the West Indies, said that I should blog about why it takes so long for young graduates to find a job. “It’s like a double edged sword,” she griped. “Employers tell us that they want experience but how can we get that if they don’t hire us?”
It’s a familiar tale so I was happy to share a sure recipe. “You need to discover a small company, tell the CEO how good you are, that you’re willing to make the coffee and run errands as long as you get an opportunity to gain practical, hands on knowledge.” I shared my experience in Boston where I worked at a New England TV affiliate by fetching, carrying and emptying. At nights or weekends though, when the studio emptied, I stayed behind and with the assistance of a generous production manager, I learned to edit, produce and direct. One year later I won a NECTA award for a lifestyle programme I produced with my college classmates.
“Didn’t that take up all your time,” the intern said, “I mean if I do that how on earth am I going to get my studying done.”