A graduate’s worst incubus isn’t landing a job but dealing with their superbia.After the 4,5 or 6 years of undergrad,a graduate feels ennobled.He or she is under the illusion that they are gentled to be served like a monarch by the world. It’s now a fortnight since 1494 graduates from a young university in Nyeri County were granted the “power to read and write”.
Now,a rummy trend has egressed.The banality of ‘have you landed a job?’ has camped at my door step.And when i retort;”i work from indoors”,the sneers surpass those that Queen Cersei Lannister was subjected to in the walk of atonement after confessing to committing incest with her brother and father to her 3 offsprings,Jaime Lannister in the Game Of Thrones.
This is exposing our obsession with white-collar employment.Joyce Dinodato quipped that one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, right here, right now, in this single, solitary, monumental moment in your life– is to decide, without apology, to commit to the journey, and not to the outcome.
The outcome Joyce Dinodato is calling out,is unfortunately what a select of the graduates are pre-occupied with.They will turn down job offers that don’t match up their modus vivendi.They will reject pays that don’t match up to their utopianism.They will not mortify themselves to start small. Some may have landed formal jobs.Some may have landed internships and contracts.Some may still be walking from office to office dropping their credentials.Some may have started their own money-spinners.Some may still be salivating at their graduation caps.One thing is certain for all of them,they are doing something with their lives,at least.
Neil Gaiman told graduates in the University of Arts in Philadephia in 2012 that it was their turn to ‘break rules and make good art’.The cliche script of being conventional is what one needs to avoid. A life oriented toward discovery is infinitely more rewarding than a life oriented towards not blowing it.
Harry Mulama in his today’s column in the Saturday Nation says:
“Let us not forget that the spurious notion of the university as the only or main operative space of knowledge production, needs to be tempered with the prevailing logic of industry-based innovation — the Steve Jobs’ or MPesa way — rather than college-based invention as a key intervention in solving our problems now.”
That maxima cum laude,egregia cum laude,summa cum laude,magna cum laude or cum laude honor that was conferred upon you at the convocation grounds has barely no impact on the kind of life you will lead henceforward. The naivete of assuming that the degree will make you the next Amancio Ortega or the next Jeff Bezos is at best a pipe dream.The academy was just a cognitive operation to prove to the world that you can write and read. So can we quit with the illusional anxiety of thinking that a university degree is a thaumaturgy to money bags?
During his graduation speech,The Vice Chancellor encouraged the graduands “to put to use what they acquired during their stay in the university”. That was my highlight of his speech.And that’s what will be the game changer.It will be the tiebreaker in the progress of the alumni’s engagements.
The graduates still clouded with the superbia that there are certain jobs they can’t take up should spare us the hubris.At some point they will eat humble pie and meekly settle for the untempting job offers with inadequate earnings.
Michael Uslan in his commencement speech at Indiana University in 2006 belched:
“You must have a high threshold for frustration. Take it from the guy who was turned down by every studio in Hollywood. You must knock on doors until your knuckles bleed. Doors will slam in your face. You must pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and knock again. It’s the only way to achieve your goals in life.”
The graduation hangover should be over by now.Wash off the celebratory glows and join the proletariats of the state.