Diplomas in hand and their tasseled caps tossed high into the air, newly minted college graduates are ready to hit the job market at a time of rising prospects. As you contemplate the resumes of those with recently bestowed bachelors or master’s degrees, what should you know about hiring new college graduates? And what can you do to ensure their success at your company?
Traits of New GraduatesFirst, let’s focus on the positives. Most college graduates will come to you with some highly desirable traits. They have few preconceived notions, which make them extremely mouldable and likely to be receptive to your employment policies and procedures. They won’t hit you with any cringe-inducing pronouncements of “Well, at my previous company, we always did it this way.”
College graduates are typically eager to please and often motivated to work extra hard to prove themselves. Having freshly emerged from college, they are generally up-to-date on the latest technology and advancements in their field. Most are savvy at using social media and will give you great insights into attracting and retaining the coveted millennial generation.
One downside is that new graduates are more likely to make mistakes due to inexperience. They have yet to develop the judgment that comes from longevity in the working world, and they may be more prone to act without always considering the potential consequences of their actions.
Management SuggestionsManagers can mitigate any potential errors by keeping a closer eye on these young, inexperienced employees. Some suggestions:
- Pair the new graduate with a veteran employee who has already learned from past mistakes.
- Have the new employee’s supervisor schedule weekly progress meetings to give feedback on what the employee is doing right and to discuss where there needs to be improvement.
- Include your new college graduates in meetings to show that you value their input.
- Promote the importance of working in collaboration with others so you can tap into the best that each employee has to offer while also helping to build additional skills.
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