It’s understandable for employers to be apprehensive about hiring graduates fresh out of education, however, there is an abundance of reasons why hiring a graduate may just be your next best business move!
And here are a few reasons why…
Graduates are…enthusiastic to make a great first impression
Having undergone X number of years in education, graduates come with a thirst to succeed and are ready to utilise the skills and knowledge they have picked up throughout their time at University. These young job seekers are in tune with the latest business trends and practices and are often enthusiastic to make a good first impression by voicing these fresh ideas in the workplace.
Let’s not forget how productive students have to be to tackle numerous modules at once and will take this hard-working mentality into their new role and beyond!
Graduates are…hungry to learn
On top of this, graduates are keen to soak up as much knowledge as possible and your company can take advantage of this ‘blank canvas’ by shaping the role however you see fit within the business.
Hungry to learn and absorb as much information that comes their way, a new graduate will be prepared to mould into your company and its culture as they’re more impressionable than experienced hires; it is easier to shape a graduate into your ideal employee and eventually your ideal leader.
Graduates can... offer a new perspective
Whilst we’re already on the topic of being ‘fresh’, this generation of employees can offer a completely new way of thinking.
As well as being able to apply current perspectives from academics, there are plenty of reasons why hiring a Gen-Z graduate is a clever business move. These graduates are known for their independent nature and are often not afraid to voice their opinion. Having fresh eyes on old projects from such individuals, may offer you insights that your organisation may not have noticed otherwise.
These fresh opinions may provide you with the cutting edge to set your company apart from its competitors, who may have an older demographic of employees, whilst also keeping your business on trend.
Graduates are…resilient to change
Studying in the library until the early hours, managing multiple deadlines and often juggling part-time jobs on the side (not to mention doing all this on top of keeping up with the sociable uni lifestyle!), students are used to handling numerous tasks at once. This mentality can be transferred into the workplace making them the ideal employee to effectively prioritise the tasks which may come with the role.
This is particularly the case for the most recent graduates, who not only have had to manage the hectic schedule of being a student, but have done this during a pandemic… hats off to them! This pool of graduate talent have proven that they can quickly adapt to work being transferred online, whilst collaborating on group projects effectively and taking online-based assessments.
If your company is remote based, this is definitely a strong reason as to why you should hire graduates!
After seeing their resilience and adaptability to the ever-changing world we live in, we want words with whoever labelled this generation as ‘snowflakes’!
Graduates are…Flexible in nature
It may already be obvious but we couldn’t miss out on how flexible graduates tend to be.
Having covered how this generation is most familiar with change, dealing with a global and economic crisis, there is no question that a recent graduate would successfully integrate into your business.
With it likely being their first full-time job, most graduates don’t have many commitments or any pre-formed work habits, meaning they will be open to adapting to your company culture and practices.
These younger employees are also less likely to have outside responsibilities, such as family dependencies, making them more flexible to your chosen working hours.
Additionally, in the current circumstances it is extremely competitive for a graduate, without years of experience, to secure an entry level role, meaning they’re less demanding of benefits and are instead more willing to get stuck into a role.
Graduates can… future-proof your organisation
Their flexible nature means you can shape a graduate hire into the long-term needs of your business and in return, future-proofing your company.
Realistically, if your organisation has an ageing demographic, hiring graduates can solve succession planning concerns. Graduates appreciate the risk a company takes when hiring young talent and often pay them back by being loyal to the company.
They can be natural leaders to take on throughout the business, securing the longevity of your company and reducing the recruitment and hiring costs in the long run.
Graduates are… a part of a strong talent pool
With 2.38 million UK students currently enrolled at University, there are now more people than ever going through higher education, meaning you will be spoilt for choice of talented individuals to choose from- there could be worse problems to have!
Being the first generation to grow up with technology, Gen-Z has been on the internet for as long as they can remember. They’re born multitaskers who bring innovative angles to problem-solving and as social media is second nature to them, they have great knowledge of upcoming trends which will only benefit your projects.
As businesses are likely to continue to operate digitally beyond the pandemic, companies need employees who naturally understand this and can adapt where needed. Not to forget, how much this will reduce costs of training and other hiring expenses.
Thinking about bringing onboard Graduate Talent?
Here at AvA-V we have a dedicated graduate team who can help assess and recruit the best graduate talent there is for your company.
We help train graduates to equip them with the correct skills needed to seamlessly immerse into your business.