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?
of New Graduates
First, 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.
Managers 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
- 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.
Those who have recently graduated are fresh from an environment of learning.
They’ll be more likely to thrive in their first job if you create an
environment that fosters learning and professional development.
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