Food for Thought: The New Graduate Catch 22

March 30th, 2011 | Food for Thought | No Comments »

How do new graduates get jobs without experience?

It’s April, and you have just a month before you’re inundated with resumes and cover letters from 2011 graduates. If you’re usually quick to discard these emails, consider the fact that you’ll be feeding a popular Catch-22.

The IT industry is notorious for its part in this contradiction, which is of course the fact that new grads have a hard time getting work experience when most positions require previous experience to start with.

Many people will offer the solutions of internships and volunteering, but the truth is, there are plenty of advantages to taking the plunge and hiring a new grad off the bat.

Why? Number One: They’re highly affordable. Number Two: They’re a blank canvas. They haven’t been molded by the industry yet; they’re yours to teach. They’re open to new ideas and willing to learn, and can offer you a fresh pair of eager eyes and new, enthusiastic perspectives.
These new grads are usually pretty well versed in emerging technologies, particularly in the social media and mobile fields. This could be of great value if your company is looking to expand into these areas.

When you mix a new grad or two with your existing team, you create a dynamic team environment. The newbies quickly learn how business works outside of school and are quick to collaborate with existing employees. Existing team members will appreciate the fresh perspectives, creating an innovative learning environment for both parties and an overall enhanced team performance.

If you’re still concerned about hiring recent graduates, ask yourself why? Are schools to blame for this lack of experience or is this something that cannot be resolved?

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