Why take on Graduates?
To answer this question we must first understand what a graduate job is today.
The Graduate marketplace and Graduates generally is an area that is well publicised in the media. It is also slightly deceptive! Many of today’s graduates are those candidates who years ago probably would have commenced employment through a trainee scheme as an alternative to University.
Today’s graduates are the same people, but the definition of a Graduate Job has changed. Traditionally a Graduate job meant a Graduate scheme; typically a structured two year programme designed to deliver future managers.
A place for home grown talent
Today, a Graduate Job is any position within a company that is suitable for bright, inexperienced talent. A Graduate Job is the breeding ground for your future top performers, the home grown talent without the baggage and bad habits of more experienced veterans and as we approach an era where 50% of all school leavers will possibly choose University, it inevitably will mean all companies will become graduate employers.
The right Graduates bring with them a wealth of ideas, motivation and positivity. They are keen and quick to learn as they are conditioned to absorbing knowledge and eager to achieve.
Most companies do not have a formal graduate scheme and most do not take more than a handful of carefully picked people each year, but they do however recognise the importance of developing inexperienced talent and providing structured support. It is also important to remember that none of us were born with experience and the skills we now have.
We all initiated our commercial lives with basic competencies and desires and at some point someone gave us a chance, supported by training and encouragement. It was this chance and desire to achieve that has lead us to the positions in which we now find ourselves.
Read more about Jonathan Evans' (MD of Discovery Graduates) thoughts on the benefits of recruiting graduates.