Here Are 5 Reasons Why You Should Hire Fresh Graduates Over Experienced Applicants
Amid stark unemployment rates amassed from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippine government projected gradual recovery in 2021 with the returning of jobs lost to the lockdown. This means that prospective candidates are expected to enter the job industry with the easing of economic restrictions—including fresh graduates from university batches affected by the pandemic. While hiring recent graduates has its disadvantages such as lengthier on-boarding procedures and additional “hand holding,” the advantages are still palpable. Bringing in soon-to-be pros is a good way to balance your experienced senior staff with a fresh perspective. Here are even more great reasons to hire those newbies:
1. A Strong Thirst for Knowledge
Fresh graduates are often eager to learn and extremely determined to prove themselves in the “real world.” When given a task, they tackle it head on and wholeheartedly. They are not afraid to answer questions and seek answers. In university, students are trained to be open to learning even with things beyond their expertise and the shift to online learning has fostered greater flexibility among the youth. Fresh grads can adapt to any corporate culture quickly and are more often than not open to different working styles.
2. New Perspective
While most fresh graduates have gone through internship experiences, they have yet to be fully instilled into the corporate environment. Fresh minds can bring a new perspective to your organization. Most universities emphasize the importance of innovation, which these graduates bring to the table. Fresh grads provide an external perspective and will more often than not be able to identify problems that current, more experienced staff might not notice.
3. A Chance to Cultivate the Ideal Employee
Hiring new graduates means training your own pool of talents, which also gives you an opportunity to mold a new professional as opposed to making them unlearn old habits and pre-conceived notions. In hiring new graduates, employers can foster a unique culture from the ground-level and develop employees in such a way that works for them.
Of course, hiring someone outside the organization can greatly undermine those efforts, but new professionals can easily adapt to the culture and build the skills the company needs.
4. Aptitude for Technology
Millennials and Gen-Z are digital natives and have always found adapting to the latest technology easy, having grown up in a world so saturated with it. This characteristic makes them valuable to the company, as technology continuously changes the world. Their way of life caters to the evolving consumer and they can pick up new technology in a matter of minutes. These natural abilities are priceless for employers in today’s quickly evolving world.
5. A Chance to Engage Future Leaders
LinkedIn reveals that students and recent college graduates are the professional network’s fastest-growing demographic. These are the future leaders. Smart companies would know that they need to engage with them early on in order to secure their position within the company as they grow and advance in their careers. It is time to start engaging with these new grads and recruiting them. While there are available positions that may be more fitting for experienced workers with more years under their belt, there are many situations that are perfect for new talent.
Don’t miss out on engaging tomorrow’s leaders today!