Wanna get better at handling rejection? Apply for jobs.

Yep. The title says it all. I thought third year of university was my year of rejection. I used to go up to girls and they usually said: ‘Uh…I have a boyfriend…’ when they clearly didn’t. Some gave me a straight-up ‘NO’ which I actually appreciated as opposed to the invisible-boyfriend excuse. But I can confidently tell you, it is the last year of university that has become the year of rejection.

The Grief

The Truth

“Duh? We knew that, Amid.”

I know. I know. It isn’t just that. They want relevant experience. Here is what I see from my interviews. I apply, present myself and speak confidently on my phone interviews. When I come in for the interview, the hiring manager is not remotely interested in my background story, my education or anything that I can offer other than experience in that specific role. It is a bit odd. What used to be a joke where they demanded 2–5 years of experience from a recent graduate is starting to become the reality.

I even went out of my way to meet people at companies who were hiring roles that were not even closely associated with my degree; something in business operations. I thought I have the aptitude for it. Frankly, I think I had them convinced that I was the right fit and was waiting to come in for the interview to crush it. It didn’t take long before they emailed me and expressed that I lack relevant experience. So no need for an interview. They were and are, still right.

To break it down even further, employers want to see consistency. They want to see that you picked one role and passionately took on the same role within your projects at school. Well if you were someone like me who was eager to explore, took on so many different roles in your projects from embedded programming, iOS development to doing all the documentation and doing an internship in tech support, you might notice this at your interviews.


People are right when they say rejection makes you a better person. Maybe it will guide us towards our true purpose. My challenge is on-going. I know I have a lot to do. But I look forward to what the challenges teach me down the line.


Originally published at amidsedghi.com on July 25, 2017.

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