New graduates typically aren’t employers’ first choice. They get disregarded as inexperienced, youngsters with a lack of skills, and too demanding for training. However, there’s more in fresh-off-the-books college graduates than people assume.
Prejudice and assumptions aside, fresh graduates can actually benefit any company. If you diligently approach the overview of new graduates’ resumes, you can come across some top talents that can turn into exemplary employees.
If you want to know why companies should hire recent grads, consider the following reasons.
For most experienced employees, that excitement to wow the world of business has long passed. With time, employees start thinking about getting the job done and potentially improving their efficiency.
Fresh graduates can bring enthusiasm to the table. They are hungry for new challenges and their excitement is at its peak. This will also reflect on their openness to collaborate, as they’ll be eager to learn from their most experienced colleagues.
Hiring someone who will lift the spirits with their contagious eagerness may be just what your company needs. That dose of excitement can take over other employees and build up the energy in your team.
Today, youth and technology have an unbreakable bond. The use of technology wasn’t imposed on them (like to older generations). They’ve been growing up with a cell phone in their hands.
That kind of tech-savviness can improve the business’s effectiveness and introduce innovation.
Recent graduates can notice opportunities for using technology to save time and money. Whether you are curious about social media trends or what new software is emerging software, graduates can keep you in the loop.
They think and act with technology in mind – something that most older employees aren’t’ characterized by.
With new graduates, you get a blank slate. They have no rooted habits from previous employers to hold them back. What you teach them is what they’ll know.
Recent graduates are easier to shape. You can mold them into your star employee that perfectly embodies your company culture.
They don’t have their own way of doing business that they’ll try to impose. This can make the training more efficient and much faster.
Recent graduates are no strangers to online courses, educational YouTube videos, TedTalks, and other forms of self-learning. While you struggle to teach some employees how to use Zoom, recent grads can master video editing, Photoshop, and coding for their personal use.
This is the age of self-improvement. People are encouraged to work on themselves and their skills. Thanks to the internet and diversified content for these purposes, they can.
Younger people are more immersed in the self-improving culture and are, therefore, more likely to engage in learning on their own.
Not to mention that the job competition for recent grads is rough. According to South China Morning Post, JobsDB reported a 55% decrease in job vacancies for graduates compared to the same period (January to April) in the previous year. That’s why recent grads turn to self-learning and building new skills. It is a way to stand out in the eyes of HR managers.
Years and years in the same industry can take their toll. Employees get caught up in the same ways of thinking and shifting their perspective can be tough or impossible. However, this is where fresh graduates step in.
Younger generations with little or no experience can bring a completely new perspective to the company. A new pair of eyes and a liberated mind can notice new possibilities and think of innovative ideas.
Linda Ferguson, an CEO at Subjecto, flashcard and essay database, shared why she hires recent graduates, “If you want to keep up with the trends, having someone younger in your workforce is very useful. They see things differently than we do. While we bring to the table our experience, they bring to the table a fresh point of view.”
Who can understand the youth better than the youth itself? If your key demographic are younger people (or they make some part of your target audience), having a recent grad on your team can help you a lot.
They can get in the minds (and wallets) of younger people, simply because they are one of them. Since most companies target the thriving demographic of 18-30-year-olds, recent grads can be the key to winning them over.
Young people aren’t afraid of change – they thrive on it. Whether you’ll change their work position, assign them to work remotely, or relocate them, all of that is an adventure for recent graduates.
While faithful employees have their habits, rituals, and families that are keeping them steady, recent grads are filled with a desire for taking on new challenges.
The world changes fast and having someone who can change even faster can help you make the right moves on time. If you want to beat the competition, you have to introduce new players to the game.
Everyone talks about the youth being the future but rarely wants to give them a chance in the present moment. Despite them being an unpopular choice for HR managers, recent grads can diversify the team.
Fresh graduates come with advantages that older employees don’t have. If employers are dwelling on hiring new grads they should shift their perspective on graduates’ strengths and realize the many ways they can benefit the company.
Kristin Savage nourishes, sparks, and empowers using the magic of a word. Along with pursuing her degree in Creative Writing, Kristin was gaining experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in marketing strategy for publishers and authors. Now she had found herself as a freelance writer. Kristin runs her own FlyWriting blog.
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