- U.P., Ateneo, La Salle, UST graduates, please drop your CVs inside box number one.
- For applicants whose schools were not mentioned above but graduated from exclusive schools, place your CVs inside box number two.
- For applicants who graduated from other schools not mentioned above, place your CVs inside box number three and just wait for our call.
This kind of scenario usually takes place whenever one applies for a job almost a hundred percent of the time. I myself have seen this unreasonable screening of job applicants. I admit that I once cried foul when I experienced this type of prejudice from a recruitment specialist, too. I don’t know what kind of sickness these so-called “other schools” graduates supposedly have to be rejected every time they apply for a job.
Yes, it is unfair to blame the Big Four and graduates from exclusive schools. It isn’t their fault that they were able to pass the admissions tests to these schools. It isn’t their fault that they have the funds to enrol at these elite schools. Maybe they saw the rampant discrimination in school choice when it comes to job applications in the country. And surely a parent wouldn’t mind working a few extra hours just to raise the money so that their children will have a better chance at a good job after graduation.
So what’s in store for “Other Schools” graduates? If they’re lucky, they find an employer who can see past an alma mater and judge them on their own merits. And if they’re unlucky, they could be job hunting for months or even years.
I have been wondering how an “Other Schools” graduate can break free of this biased thinking. No matter how unfair it may seem, there is still a glimmer of hope. I have known a number of professionals and employees coming from “Other Schools” who are doing well in their respective fields of expertise today. They believe that this regrettable discrimination will fade in time as employees showcase their skills, positive attitude, and exemplary performance, thereby proving their worth as individuals. At the end of the day, you will still be the one responsible for your future and not your school. Just work on your strengths and your weaknesses to show your worth as an individual.