Help new grads in your business by nurturing talent from the start

Nov 2, 2015 by

There are plenty of benefits to hiring a recent college graduate, with many fresh-out-of-school recruits bringing an abundance of energy and new ideas to the (boardroom) table.

There are, however, some “cons” to consider, too — issues grads themselves admit to facing upon entry into the work world.

In a survey by Accountemps, more than half of accounting and finance professionals polled felt only somewhat prepared for their first job after college, with 14 percent saying they did not feel ready at all.

Among their top concerns: an inability to handle office politics, inadequate technology or software skills, and a lack of the soft skills like industry awareness, flexibility and time management.

While there are many things students can (and should!) do to prepare for their first jobs out of school, there are also steps employers may want to take to ease the transition after a new grad has been hired.

Start with these five tips:

1. Extend a warm welcome

Making recent college graduates feel welcome at your workplace — even before their start date — can really pay off. From the time of their hire, encourage them to stay in touch by phone or email with any questions, and consider creating a Facebook group to help them keep up with company news and further familiarize themselves with your culture. Hosting special events is also a good idea; a first day on the job can be far less intimidating for newbies who’ve already mixed and mingled with members of their team.

2. Nurture new talent

A new graduate stands a better chance of succeeding in his or her role with the right support. Ensure you have more tenured staff members available to assist post-college employees in transitioning to working full time, and set up appropriate orientation and training programs to bring your new hires up to speed. From mentorships to job shadowing to hands-on training, well-executed onboarding measures will prove to be invaluable to your long-term investment in new graduates — particularly those who see themselves as lifelong learners (and many of them do).

Source: Help new grads in your business by nurturing talent from the start – The Business Journals

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