When you have a vacancy in your organisation, there are lots of factors to consider when deciding the type of candidate you wish to employ.
You may or may not have experience in hiring graduates, but there are lots of reasons why you might find they make the best employees.
Here’s a look at just some of the reasons why you should seriously consider hiring a graduate for the next vacancy in your company.
You might be wondering why a graduate would be any better for your organisation if you don’t need the particular skills that they acquired during their education.
However, the reasons for hiring a graduate go way beyond what they actually learnt. When you hire someone who holds a degree you have the reassurance of knowing that they have both the ability and the application to be able to learn a subject in depth and that’s a skill which would be an asset to any business.
Even if the degree they hold bears little or no resemblance to your line of work, you can have some confidence that your newest recruit will be able to learn the ropes, including the technical aspects, because they have already demonstrated their capacity to absorb, acquire and use information.
Although you might be seeking out experience, when you have an individual who has so much potential, the work history becomes of far less importance.
In addition, there is actually some benefit to hiring an individual who has no experience of working for another company. It means that there are no preconceived ideas about how the job should be done, leaving you free to train them in the way that you want.
Although it’s good for employees to feel secure, they shouldn’t become complacent about their expected career path as it can stop them trying their hardest.
Having some healthy competition for progression among employees isn’t necessarily a bad thing and can help to promote better attitudes and an appetite to strive harder for what they want.
A graduate can bring fresh impetus to a workplace and with the ability to learn quickly, and often with the enthusiasm and desire to match their skills; they can provide a jolt to others who may have become less proactive than they should.
Even though the graduate may not have experience in your specific industry, the majority bring with them an astute sense of business and the ability to analyse data proficiently.
These business skills often mean that the graduate is well placed to be able to negotiate professionally to both individuals and larger groups, in addition to being able to solve problems and assess blocks of data.
If you don’t already have these skills in your business, this can be a valuable asset to have access to.
In the current economic climate you might be surprised to discover that hiring a graduate doesn’t mean paying out for such a high salary as you may have anticipated.
And research suggests that once hired, graduates provide more value in the organisation than other employees, in terms of contributing directly to profits and providing new ideas. Coming fresh from an academic background often means that a graduate will be bursting full of ideas and methodology which could breathe new life into your business, in ways you may never have considered.
Graduates are an excellent choice for any organisation, bringing with them a whole host of skills and a positive attitude which can help to motivate those who work around them. As well as being surprisingly cost-effective, your business could also benefit from an injection of new talent and a skill set which is very different to what you already hold.