New ideas, enthusiasm and a willingness to do just about anything.
A graduate is a person who has successfully completed a course of study or training; an undergraduate or first academic degree. Usually still in their youth, enthusiastic and bouncy, a graduate should add immense value to your company. However some companies shun these graduates in favour of more experienced candidates. What they don’t realize is how mistaken they can be.
This way of thinking is driven by a number of factors:
Graduates lack experience. They do not have the professional or life experience to make informed decisions, where an experienced employee would.
Graduates require big training costs. Graduates need to be trained in order for them to become familiar with their jobs and exactly what it is that they need to be doing. This costs the company money.
Experienced employees already know the industry. This saves time and prevents problems in the future.
Looking at these factors, do you agree that hiring a graduate is the wrong choice to make? Before you do that, let’s examine some of the reasons forward thinking companies are hiring graduates:
Companies are able to mold graduates. Because they don’t have poor previous training or any bad habits from other jobs. They can be taught in the exact way that the company would like to create future leaders.
Adaptability to change. Companies are bound to change strategies, rethink ideas, modernize and expand. Young people like graduates, welcome change and embrace it as it is familiar to them, as opposed to employees who are resistant to change due to being set in their ways.
Eagerness and motivation. A person’s first real job is exciting and it inspires them to be as productive and successful as possible. So what they lack in experience they make up for in enthusiasm.
Affordable. Although they don’t have a powerful CV like a professional, they still have much of the needed knowledge and skills to aid the company at a portion of the cost.
Willingness. Often graduates do not have the many responsibilities of some older employees such as children and numerous payment obligations. This therefore means that they are often less stressed and can focus all of their attention on their work without becoming distracted.
Fresh ideas. Being new and from a different world, graduates are often able to provide new, fresh ideas that companies have sometimes never heard/thought of.
Looking at these factors would you agree that hiring a graduate is a wise decision that will benefit your company?
You should be left with the confident answer yes! Graduates have new, fresh ideas, they are enthusiastic, and willing to do just about anything. They will lack in experience but this is a minor hurdle that will quickly change as the graduate gains experience. With a good support program and induction, this can be a short process as they are able to absorb information quickly, use their fresh ideas and their freshly honed ability to learn.
Companies should seriously consider hiring graduates: it’s one hell of an investment.