NO NURSING GRADUATES PLEASE!
I came across an observation (or comment) posted by a user in a Filipino internet forum, mentioning, among others, that in a particular job search site, there was a company advertising for CSR (Customer Service Representative) positions. There was one catch though. One of their requirements: “No nursing graduates please!”
I had to verify the claim of the user so I went to take a look at the said job search site, and true enough, I found the advertisement of that company.
Here’s a screen capture (excerpt) of the said advertisement, wherein I highlighted some parts.
The company said that one of its requirements was that the candidate should have completed high school, or a vocational course or a college degree in ANY FIELD. Then it contradicts itself a few lines later by saying “No nursing graduates please!”
Now that may not necessarily mean discrimination at work, but I certainly feel that it definitely it IS discrimination against a particular group of individuals.
Or are they referring to “nursing” as those who have graduated but currently have newborn babies they are taking care of and breastfeeding? I don’t think so.
And that would still be discrimination whatever way you look at it.
I checked the company’s other ads for different positions and some of them had these phrases as part of their (or their client’s) requirements:
- No nursing graduates please
- PREFERABLY NO NURSING BACKGROUND
- NURSING GRADS applicants will also be accommodated.
So, depending on the position you’d apply for, a nursing background could actually either be lucky enough to be tolerated or unfortunately directly shunned.
OK so I’ll ask the question directly.
What’s with the company’s (non) preference for nursing graduates? It’s come to a point that they actually (or practically) tell us directly that “Hey, don’t bother applying. We don’t want you.” This may be true for other employers as well – not just in this case.
The company now on the center stage, right under the glare of the spotlight, is ExcelAsia Training and Development Inc. with its office in Makati City. It has its sights set on being the “biggest Human Resources Solutions company in Asia.” But with that kind of attitude, it may encounter some rough sailing.
If a company prefers to hire people based on certain qualifications, I am not totally against that, since it is within their rights to do so. However, the blatant, open and direct refusal (or limited preference) to hire those who are graduates of a certain course does not speak well of the company and its values. It sends out the wrong signals to other employers as well.
What about the job search site where this advertisement was initially placed – could they be liable as well for discrimination or failure to protect the rights (and interests) of the general public?
I’m no nursing graduate. I’m not even from any allied medical field. But being in the Human Resources field, I still find it offensive (to say the least) that an advertisement like that is accepted (or tolerated) for posting in an internet job search site that has a wide-reaching audience.
Does the management of ExcelAsia know that perhaps some of their subordinates are actually damaging their company’s reputation by (maybe unknowingly) discriminating against certain types of applicants. Or do these actions have their blessings?
What else can we do to curb these incidents and prevent them from rising in the future?