A man, who holds the yam and the knife, determines who eats any part of the tuber.
After my friend obtained her master’s degree from Heriot-Watt, one would expect that it would be easier for her to find a nice job here in the country than for some other graduate with a similar degree from any of our indigenous universities.
Well, she did find a job. But it was well under par.
Truth is, there are currently few decent jobs available for our teeming millions. The sorry state of the nation’s economy doesn’t help either—there are not enough schemes to encourage the creation of more private businesses or companies; on the other hand, the insidious code of “who do you know” found in a good number of state-owned firms or organisations across the country makes it difficult for persons with good qualifications alone to be employed. Because of all this, some employers can afford to hire/employ sharp brains, paying them meager sums in return for their services. This was my friend’s case.
A few weeks ago, during a discussion with her, she voiced her frustration at being handed more duties for the same pay. She further stated that she had formally written her employer, asking for a review of her wages. Sadly, her request was turned down. No clear reason was given. When she told me that she would threaten to quit her job, citing how she had been undervalued, I rather advised her that if she had no new job she could switch to any time soon, it was best she wrote again, asking for an increment in her wages. In the meantime, she could also start scouting for a new job — which she assured me that she already had.
Our needs are embedded in our consciousness. We plan, work, and if possible, go on business trips in order to meet whatever may be our needs. There are times, however, when our best efforts to accomplish or acquire the necessary yield zero result. In the light of that, what will you do if you are in dire need of something, but have no other option than to ask for it from an unlikable source? Do you set aside your pride and say “please,” or do you simply hold on to it and decide otherwise?
Remember, if you are at a distinct disadvantage, you are in no position to choose or dictate.