Recently I’ve been hanging out with a range of uni students: accounting, business, HR mainly.
I am hearing very similar challenges from them around such things as knowing how to practically prepare themselves for the workforce; understanding how critical networking is to their success; working out how to compete successfully for the all-important first job; getting that the skills that they need to succeed in the workforce are different to being a student and major challenges finding organisations that will do an internship or work placement.
In this process I have also noticed that they are flexible and adaptable, with ideas ahead of their time, loads of energy and access to recent global best practice. It made me wonder how eager are we – in workplaces – to provide students with their first employment opportunity?
Hire a graduate, see what happens.