Published on July 9th, 2012 | by Amy Edwards0
Top 5 reasons to hire a graduate
By Amy @BubbleJobs
If you’re a recruiter or direct employer looking to fill a host of digital roles then it might be time to consider recruiting graduates to fill your positions. From mature graduates who have a wealth of experience to 21 year old fresh graduates who are keen to learn and get their first ‘real’ job, graduates are actually a world away from the stereotypical ‘lazy students’ they’ve previously been made out to be.
While the idea of recruiting graduates fresh from university might not appeal to everyone for numerous reasons, there are bound to be companies out there that would really benefit from taking a gamble on an enthusiastic young graduate. Still not convinced? Check out our top 5 reasons why you should hire a graduate for your new online vacancy.
Enthusiasm: Like I said before, graduates are always keen and enthusiastic when it comes to getting a job they’ve worked hard to qualify for. Forget looking forward to Friday nights – graduates are usually keen to make their mark in their industry so are usually willing to go above and beyond the call of duty of get a job done and make a good impression – remember, as their first employer in the industry, your reference is going to be vital to them progressing and developing a career in their chosen industry. What’s more, graduates can be much more creative and experimental compared to more experienced candidates – this could prove invaluable if you work in the digital industry where creativity is key.
No bad habits: Because graduates have never worked full time in their chosen career before (not counting work experience), they’re far less likely to have accrued bad habits compared to someone who is already four years or so into their chosen career. Graduates are a bit like a blank canvas in a way and as their employer, it’s up to you to mould and sculpt them into a valuable asset, not just for your company but for other companies in your industry too!
Loyalty: As their first employer, there’s a strong chance that any graduate you take on will automatically make a connection to you and your company which will in time to turn into loyalty. As a loyal employee, your graduate is more likely to stick with you through both the good and bad times and, as a result could turn into one of your most prized employees.
Flexibility: With competition for vacancies at an all time high, it’s pretty likely that any graduate candidates you interview will be extremely flexible when it comes to working hours and/or location. This could be advantageous if you’re looking to fill a particularly niche role in a remote location. Even the most random job or unusual location isn’t enough to dim most graduates’ enthusiasm!
Lower Salary: Last but not least if you’re recruiting a graduate for a ‘Junior’ position you can usually get away with paying them a bit less IF you’re prepared to put in the time and effort to train them up yourself – if you have no intention of training up the candidate yourself you need to make them aware of this so they can then make a fully informed decision on the role in question.