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Denying qualified young people jobs for 'older heads' is ‘garbage’- Caller

According to the radio caller, it is sending the wrong message when qualified young people are denied jobs because they lack work experience. Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A caller to the '3D Show' with host Doug Wheatley on ZBVI 780 AM on Friday August 12 2016, sought to address what he said is a trend to deny young people employment opportunities for lack of work experience, despite having their educational backing.

The male caller referred to the trend as “garbage” and one that is sending the wrong message to the youth.

According to him, this is a battle that the young people of the territory currently faces when they are seeking gainful employment in the field that they obtained degrees in. Instead, according to the caller, the older heads are given the jobs and they must remain home, unemployed.

He said experience is gained through employment and not bought in a supermarket like groceries.

“…Talking about experience, that’s garbage. You cannot walk in no supermarket to get experience, nowhere in the world. You get experience over a period of time, you gain experience over the years. But how do the young people get experience if you don’t hire them? That’s garbage, you sending the wrong message to the young people them,” he pointed out.

The same caller also claimed that some of the young people when they come back from studying overseas have to go back since they are unable to find jobs at home.

33 Responses to “Denying qualified young people jobs for 'older heads' is ‘garbage’- Caller”

  • It is the truth, Atlanta (13/08/2016, 13:32) Like (49) Dislike (2) Reply
    I am from Tortola, went to College in Florida, got my Masters in Finance. Came back to Tortola expecting to get employed man was I wrong. Keep hearing we will get back to you or we are not hiring at the moment. I decide to move back to the States where I am now employed a great agency. Sorry but, if you are a young adult in Tortola who went to College and work hard towards your education, got that degree and they don't want to give you a chance, you are better off leaving. At least a company in the USA will give you a chance once you have a degree. Most of the companies will give you paid training also.
    • truth be told (13/08/2016, 23:11) Like (35) Dislike (3) Reply
      You better off overseas anyways; because your own people will maliciously persecute you when you start to shine. They can never be happy for you... Trust me!!!!!
    • Colour Codes (14/08/2016, 18:35) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      I share your pain with my MBA earned as well.
    • Joka (17/08/2016, 11:58) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      if i could get enough funds ill take my black behind back
  • Bunny (13/08/2016, 13:44) Like (5) Dislike (33) Reply
    most don't want to work at all... some does complain that they don't have resume and so on.. didn't know it was so hard to get a computer and type.
  • Marlon (13/08/2016, 14:45) Like (29) Dislike (2) Reply
    I agree. Especially when the older person often almost close to retirement age have no clue what the job entails. They are given the job because they are friends and they attend the same church etc.
    • meehhhn (17/08/2016, 12:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      rotary.......not just to kiss @$s.....must be christian even if it's a political tool
  • So true (13/08/2016, 14:49) Like (29) Dislike (2) Reply
    There's also alot of young people without a degree that has so much talent and skills but do not get the opportunity to showcase them because people look down on them and refuse to hire them.
    • yes (13/08/2016, 21:12) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
      @So true, and yes there is a lot of talented young people here who burst their behind getting that degree and then get a slap in their face when they try to get a decent job. The young people who is talented or have degrees should go to the UK or the USA. They stand a better chance.
  • wize up (13/08/2016, 15:02) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    who to blame; it is our own people that sometimes import labour: the territory's education system also needs to be updated and educate the youth in those areas where we tend to import labour....just saying
  • zoe (13/08/2016, 15:35) Like (21) Dislike (5) Reply
    Ndp must go
  • succession planning (13/08/2016, 17:34) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    That's why we hire to many people from outside we have fail in key areas. Hope we get better
  • Boo (13/08/2016, 19:14) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is how the Civil Service does it
    • okay (13/08/2016, 21:30) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
      what about those who pass retirement age put in 50 years and not going home.
      • Boo (14/08/2016, 19:41) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        and those who past 60 and there blocking up posts and won't at least take a lower post
  • Iseeso (13/08/2016, 21:48) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Exactly and some young people who have no diploma gets jobs when the others who have don't. Watch out for some a them snakes in government is who u know an who know you.Not what you have.
    • Ripe (14/08/2016, 10:51) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Say it again!! The shiver menu HR managers are playing favourtisim and looking out for their failed friends in key positions in various departments to protect them. One lady in Gov HR who's got the obese pharma guy in the yellow building is one that needs closer looking at! Once you are confident, professional and experienced and return home - these gate keepers block you at every turn. Their judgement day is fast approaching - see Mr. Humpty Dumpty time has arrived and has been relegated (UK ordered) to the rubbish bin called 'special projects' - and about time to boot!! Karma is a b!+€¥.
  • tru (13/08/2016, 23:20) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ooooh so true. They won't even say let them understudy the old goons. The croonies retire AND are returned back or asked to repeat contracts. The youngsters are the ones too who support themselves college wise. Govt don't put a cent to help because their parents are nobody. They come back after studying their skulls off and STILL can't get a job. CALLER is RIGHT experience is not bought in the supermarket or found on the beach or side of the road. Our govt should be ashamed of themselves. Give Jack his jacket when it's due to him. Uncle Sam won't waste time in hiring them that I know. Same thing with the banks. You can't get a loan because you dnt have credit. How are we to get credit if you don't give us a chance. If some of us goof up there is always the ADMIN REMEDY. Please. Take a chance on us. All aint the same
  • The Migrate Club (14/08/2016, 01:00) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    I got a taste of that nonsense and I was out of there looking back. I am way too educated and talented to be wasting time with them. I'm good where I am in the USA.....where they value your hard earned education, experience or not. How y'all expect the young people to get the experience if you dont even give them a chance to start????? Yet when some expats present their fake resumes regarding their imaginary work experiences you all are quick to believe them and hire them over your own locals. Havent you heard about "opportunity cost" and that a young person of high academia gives up the work experiece (their oppprtunity cost) in order to gain advanced education? By now there should be some sort of equivalency mechanism between years spent studying and years working. Furthermore, job duty redudancy are of no value compared to a scholar advancing from Bachelors to Masters degree. The competence and attitude of that young educated graduate is what many BVI companies are missing. So let them stay there finding fart as excuses for not hiring......I will stay and make my well deserved compensation in the USA (the land of opportunity for young educated persons)
  • .??? (14/08/2016, 05:19) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    When some of them get to retirement age, they just don't want to go home thereby holding up jobs for younger persons.
  • for real (14/08/2016, 07:13) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    So much of them older people had their chance in the jobs. You got a chance, step aside and let the younger ones get a chance. I hope all the young people leave this curse of an Island and give their services to another Country. My daughter studied in the UK and she decide she is staying in the UK or going to Daubi.
  • Common Sense (14/08/2016, 08:09) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    These people make no sense, when you first get out of high school and you're seeking a good job they tell you that you need more education and / or work experience. Now everyone knows you can only get work experience if they give you a chance to work, so you figure what they are really telling you is that you need more education, so you pursue it by going to college and working hard to obtain all the knowledge and degrees you can. When you are finished, you come back and show them all the education you have gained, and they are still like that's not enough you need more work experience. But how are you suppose to gain work experience if they don't give you a chance to work and gain some. Some of them want you to work as a volunteer so they don't have to pay you, but they still want to work you to death, then they say you have work experience but no education and no money to feed yourself. Old heads hold on to their job or positions even after retirement because they supposedly are the only ones that can do the job, they need the money to feed their family, and you can't ask them to work as a volunteer cause that is stupid-ness to them. But the young are dumb and can't be trained to take over their jobs, so why give them a chance even if they have obtained a degree that far exceeds yours? The old heads do their jobs through the young by delegating work, and when they see someone that is good enough to take over for them instead of training them, they give them a bad or poor evaluation to keep them down. Then later when the old head finally leaves, a hole is left in the company and instead of looking through the people that applied for jobs the company hires people from away and pays them more money than they will ever offer you even though you might have the same degree. They hire consultants from away to tell them what to do with a country they don't care about and again pay them more money and they would ever consider paying you even if you have the same exact degree, then they have the guts to tell you lets keep our money in the B.V.I and to invest in the B.V.I when they steady giving it away. Now tell me who seems like they need more education and work experience?
  • hmn (14/08/2016, 09:20) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    He is right. So much for our succession planning.
  • 911 (14/08/2016, 09:45) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    wow wow
  • E. Leonard (14/08/2016, 10:17) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    The VI has a multi-level employment problem that will require effective planning, focus, clear direction , creativity, innovation........etc to solve and make progress on. What is the problem(s)?

    The BVI is a tiny dot in the Caribbean Sea in a tropical paradise with a small open economy, growing population( especially young), aging Boomer generation, narrow and undiversified economic base, limited job creation, rising standard of living and quality of life, a large public sector, heavy dependence on government for direct and indirect employment, rising demand and expectation for workers to have experience.......etc. Additionally, due to improved medicine and lifestyle changes, people are living longer, healthier lives, and as a result, people are working longer. What are the solutions?

    The problem(s) cannot be adequately address just thru a blog. Nonetheless, for starters, it must be addressed as one of government's top priority item on its bucket list. A national growth and development plan, along with an economic diversification plan, a job creation plan, an effective infrastructure developing, sustaining, restoring and modernizing plan.........etc are needed. There is a challenging urgency to prevent the skill and brain drain.
  • Amazed (14/08/2016, 14:33) Like (3) Dislike (10) Reply
    It is clear that some of you "educated" youngsters do not understand the concept of supply and demand. You have a "build it and they will come" mentality. You can't just go overseas fresh out of high school, get a piece of paper (which is often useless) and then come back to a small island demanding a job.

    You must first get involved in the local community when you leave high school. Do some construction, clean some streets, cut some bush, volunteer at a service club, hook up with a local company at entry level, start a micro business. After a year or so, if you see the need THEN you go overseas to study. Because you have built your local bridges, it will be much easier when you come back with the paper.
  • Diaspora (14/08/2016, 14:36) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Right hammer for the nail. You hit the nail squarely on the head. Nonetheless, just hitting the nail on the head is not enough. It requires action. There is a growing sense of disappointment and hopelessness among Millennials and other generations that if not addressed will result in more emigration. Is this what we want?
  • Tolian (14/08/2016, 18:11) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    The bashing of the qualified young people.the way how everything is set up in the bvi with high land cost high rent cost.high food cost. Election after election..these few I just listed is what they will brainwashed our minds to help vote for them for the better. Young people as my self we seem to be the target just for voting them in And not getting the jobs what u studied to be qualified for. after hlscc I am furthering my degree in Alabama. All y'all politicians etc can take that in ayo back side
  • you will get there (14/08/2016, 20:31) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    I believe that the problem with some youths today is that they have not developed the patience nor maturity to know that it is not always the case that you will /must start at the top. Are you willing to start at the bottom and learn? even with a degree? Even if you feel that you know everything ...are you willing to start at the bottom and observe and wait for your turn. Maybe you can contribute immensely while you are there. I am sure that youths have quite a bit to contribute but my experience shows me that the majority of the youths lacks the maturity, temperament and managerial /political skills to maneuver in top posts. Sorry to say.... some (even with degrees) lack the writing skills. You will get there.... just exercise some patience.
  • Yute (14/08/2016, 20:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    mi vex.
  • foreign (14/08/2016, 21:39) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I smell that dirty rat from a distance and had time get my children out of there. Now they are praising the lord for the that great opportunity and for giving me that vision not to have them born in the B V I in the first place. It is too sicking to keep on holding down the youths and each time election comes around here comes a whole lot of empty promises talk is too cheap on this Island called Tola with NDP at the lead. STUPPESSSSSSSS
  • HMMM (15/08/2016, 12:17) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Oh God, this article is gold. I myself have been repeatedly been denied jobs because of experience. How the hell I can get experience if no one will hire me. Just waste four years of my life at University for nothing. Best I I stayed home. Pure Nonsense.....

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