It starts with an email notification.
You spot it, a little red circle encasing a white number 1. For a split second, a cacophony of emotion surges through you – hope, desperation, relief, apprehension.
You hover over it, hesitating slightly, not prepared for but familiar with the
crushing blow of rejection.
You click, and the words on the screen glare back at you. “We won’t be progressing your application any further at this time.”
Another day, another sigh of despair.
This is the Truth about Job Hunting.
At school, our teachers ingrained the “if you get high grades, you’ll have a
better chance of employment!” mantra into us – but is this really the truth?
By definition, a teacher ‘is a person who helps others to acquire knowledge,
competences or values’. Teachers are, therefore, not meant to lie.
Perhaps lying is an exaggeration; teachers do not tell us this with malicious
intent, but to inspire students to reach their full potential.
It seems logical that high achievers will be favoured when it comes to
employment, and this is probably statistically proven – after all, why settle
for anything less than a hard worker?
However, it seems that the “high grade privilege” is unsubstantiated.
At GCSE level, I achieved the highest grades possible – not necessarily for greater employment chances, but for my own personal satisfaction – and while
I am proud of them, I’m also burdened by them.
If employers want high achievers, why have I been turned away every single
time? Can an automatic generator really measure my working ability
and potential based solely on the answers I give to theoretical-
Too many times I’ve been told that I “haven’t met the required level” – yet
this “level” remains undisclosed. And feedback? Think again.
It’s understandable that due to the high volume of applicants, it’s difficult
to give personal feedback to each candidate – but if I don’t know where
I’m going wrong, or where I made a mistake, how am I meant to change and
If an automatic generator can be programmed to sense where I haven’t fulfilled the criteria, why can’t it also be programmed to automatically show me the breakdown of my results?
This feeling of uncertainty is what fuels an “I’m not good enough” mindset, ultimately taking a toll on self-confidence, self-image, and mental health.
Time and again I’ve been left confused and disheartened – why doesn’t anybody
Why do teachers promote this “high-grade privilege”, just to set me up for
the feeling of failure? Is the sad reality that each high grade is just another
statistic and greater reputability for them?
What do other candidates have that I don’t? Or rather, do I have something
that other candidates don’t?
However, this is the biggest question of all: Are employers afraid of intelligent
It sounds silly, crazy even – why would employers be afraid of intelligent
Is it because intelligent people can recognize your unfair treatment?
Is it because intelligent people know their worth?
Is it because intelligent people aren’t afraid to challenge your actions?
Is it because intelligent people will bravely ask questions?
The moral of the story is: what you think you know about the world is probably
Remember to take everything you’re told with a pinch of salt.