27 September 2021 22:14

Standing with ‘Hire me’ sign outside Melbourne train station lands Indian-origin graduate a job

Kushagra stood outside the stations for 3 weeks in the morning from 8:00 am to 9:15 am.

Kushagra Jhurani, originally from Rajasthan in India, applied for “at least” 200 jobs across Australia.

The recent graduate with a Masters of Architecture degree obtained in 2020 from the University of Melbourne met with no success.

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Image source: Kushagra – Facebook.

Kushagra told ABC Radio Melbourne that his countless cold calls and a few interviews didn’t result in a single job offer:

“I thought OK, nothing was working out, so I should apply my designer skills and mind. I looked at all the stations, how many people were coming through, and figured out where would be the best place to advertise myself.”

Image source: Southern Cross Station - Wikipedia.
Image source: Southern Cross Station – Wikipedia.
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So, at the end of March 2021, Kushagra stood opposite Southern Cross and Flinders Street train stations with a sign saying:

“Looking 4 a graduate of architecture? HIRE ME.”

He stood outside the stations for 3 weeks from morning from 8:00 am to 9:15 am.

In April, Metro Trains’ digital engineering manager Scott Poll who was heading to work spotted Kushagra on Spencer Street with his sign.

Scott gave Kushagra a warm smile and tried to figure out if he had a job that could suit the job seeker.

“When I got to the office I thought I need to go back and talk to him, but unfortunately when I’d gone back he had disappeared.”

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After a search on LinkedIn, message exchange, conversation and a formal interview process, Kushagra was offered a position as a draftsperson with Metro.

“I thought that’s a young kid with a lot of courage to be able to do that, at one of the busiest intersections in the city,” Mr Poll said.

Scott sincerely felt hopeful the following about Kushagra:

“If he is willing to do that, I know he is going to be willing to be a hard worker.”

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Kushagra is now employed with Metro Trains and enjoying his work creating 3D models. His advise to others facing similar situation in Australia is:

“Do not hesitate to do anything to get a job. Put yourself out there. Not necessarily what I did, but you shouldn’t be scared — you can only give your best shot.”

WATCH VIDEO: Kushagra Jhurani’s student project – ‘A Memory Temple’

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