So, you’re all wondering what it’s like working on a small island such as that of Seychelles. Well, there is only one word from my perspective ‘Limited’. A group of us are constantly fighting over limited job positions and being the best on paper does not even cut it here as we also have a high rate of Nepotism. You are having to fight with your friends and classmates over limited job opportunities which are presented and if you do get the job you have to be ready to also face the difficulties of dealing with people’s attitudes especially if they know your family or just the basic run of the mill discrimination.
My country has a lot of beauties, but working in Seychelles is not one of them especially for new graduates. Entering a workplace where there are mostly women is probably the worse thing that happen to an individual because Seychelles women are unstable from my point of view lol. You have to choose whether to go to Public or Private sector and for most times there are limited job opportunities in the private sector as they usually hire expats to take over the upper positions especially in Tourism and Hospitality Industry. Just imagine being a New University Graduate with a degree and you are so optimistic to enter the workplace and learn a trade and build your career.
Then, you apply job after job only to be rejected or not even considered at all because they all ask for 4 years of work experience (how do I get experience if you don’t give me a chance). Anyway, it’s tough but most of us are strong and that’s what I love about my people, we are fighters. We complain a whole lot, but generally hardworking if given the chance.
However, it is not all negative as we do have some amazing chances to impact a small amount of people. Once you get a job, you are part of a family and you are exposed to so much which you would not think is possible in an already small country lol. If you work hard enough you gain a lot of training and get to go for courses and build yourself up and I assure you can make a good life for yourself.
Our small country would not be what it is if it was not for tourism and that is what has helped to keep our currency stable and prosperous in it’s own way. After tourism, our economy would not survive without fishing and we export some of the best canned Tuna. In the past people would just go fishing to feed or support their families, and that cultural aspect is still there but people mostly fish commercially or for fun. So getting jobs in these two sectors is quite beneficial and guaranteed to be successful if you can take on the challenge.
Another great thing I think you should also know about Seychelles and it’s workplace is that most of the time especially in the Public Sector, women are in control or in charge. We are a Female-dominating society in almost all aspects and that is clearly evident in the workplace around the country especially in position of power. That is something about my country of which I am most proud, but the power and creole (culture) attitude together can be hard to tolerate lol. But I strive to be a Powerful Boss Bitch in the future and take our country to great heights.
BUT, never fear at least we have Fridays to look forward to 🙂 lol
Confused Island Girl