By Nichola Kajoba
WHEN people do everything in their power to get a job and fail, they become desperate. This makes them do certain things, some of which they will live to regret and others, which become their â€˜visaâ€™ for acquiring their dream jobs.
Micheal Sseruyange a marketer, had to pay a sh1m bribe in order to get a job for his sister. His sister had applied for a job many times and had failed to get one. Luckily, a colleague told him he could get a job for her if he paid the sh1m bribe. When he paid it, his sister sat for an interview, passed it and got the job.
â€œThe salary was sh450,000, but we did not care because we wanted a job that would sustain her for long. She is now comfortably earning her salary,â€ Sseruyange narrates.
But for Rita Nampiija, a sales executive in a communication company, itâ€™s her mistaken identity that has enabled her get a job. She says most people believe she comes from western Uganda.
Ironically, this mistaken identity is what was making her fail to get a job previously.
Although good looks can make some people get jobs, sometimes they can be misused.
Nina, who was so desperate for a job because she could not go back to her home district after graduating, had to sleep with one of the men on the panel. The man promised her a job but when she slept with him, she didnâ€™t get it. She was told she had failed the interview and lacked the two yearsâ€™ experience. â€œI gave in and did not even get the job. It was humiliating,â€ she reveals.
But for Winnie Nakigozi, who is an administrator, the sexual demands started after she had got the job. After getting the job, one of the gentlemen on the panel proposed that they meet later in the evening for a cup of tea.
â€œI went there and met the elderly gentleman in a hotel lounge. I was shocked when he said he had interest in me. He said he had persuaded his colleagues to ensure that I get the job,â€ she says. Nakigozi says it became hard for her to concentrate on her job because whenever she would see her supervisor who had suggested, she would always panic and loose concentration.
Some people like 23-year-old Rosette Mukasa who completed university last year are tired. â€œWhich ever office I visit, they tell me to present my CV with two years experience, which I do not have,â€ she says. Mukasa says some people have always promised her jobs but they have made her move every week to their offices till she became tired.