Graduates: Safe bet or bold investment?

Graduate recruitment has been the cornerstone for recruitment into professional roles for the last 30 years with many managers who are now recruiting having come through this route. We ask what the benefits and risk are.

Graduates: Safe bet or bold investment?

Graduate recruitment has been the cornerstone for recruitment into professional roles for the last 30 years with many managers who are now recruiting having come through this route. We ask what the benefits and risk are.

The main reasons given for employers reliance on graduates are:

  1. Increased maturity and life skills
  2. Recruiting relevant degree experience
  3. Graduates have made more considered decisions on their career choice
  4. Developed strong problem solving skills

But with many employers now increasing the volume of school leavers at the expense of graduate roles that they are recruiting there must be a reason for this:

  1. The university “value add” is not always demonstrable
  2. Graduates expect a higher level of work from the outset which firms cannot always accommodate
  3. Higher salary costs and expectations associated with graduates

Read our case study: Managing a graduate programme

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