There are approximately 40 million students and recent college graduates on LinkedIn – representing the platform’s fastest-growing demographic.
While hiring a new grad may come with some initial drawbacks, such as longer onboarding and extra hand-holding, the pros often far outweigh the cons. If you engage with them early on, you can ensure these future leaders secure their position within your company as they grow and advance their careers.
A Value-Added Asset
Among the benefits to hiring recent college graduates are:
- Their natural aptitude for technology: Today’s typical college graduate has grown up with technology and social media. Their way of life caters to the evolving consumer. They can pick up on technological changes in a matter of minutes. This capability is priceless in our rapidly evolving business world.
- Their solid data skills: As data becomes a necessity to drive business decisions, new graduates are more likely to have studied math and related subjects that prepare them for entry into the workforce, circa 2017.
- Their ambition: New graduates are generally excited to make a difference. The best ones have a proven history of being hardworking multitaskers who bring about high levels of performance and productivity.
- Their hunger to innovate: Recent grads are in tune with the latest trends and best practices – and they’re not afraid to take risks. This is a powerful combination. Typically, they have less on the line; for instance, they have not yet started families or taken out mortgages. They’re more apt to go for things that would make more seasoned pros hesitant. Long term, this brings more value and reward to your organization.
- Their fresh perspective: New to the workforce, recent graduates haven’t yet been tainted by workforce rumors, cliques or politics. Their business ideals are still fresh. You don’t have to train them to unlearn old habits or discard preconceived notions. In fact, a universal ideal ingrained in the brains of college students is to think outside the box.
- Lower costs: When hiring a recent grad, you can lower your salary bracket to entry level. Then, you have the opportunity to commend future achievements with raises, bonuses and some of the same perks you may have to offer right up front, in the event of a more experienced hire.
Try Before You Buy
If you’re still on the fence about hiring a new college grad, consider hiring them temporarily, before you take the leap and make them a permanent part of your team. In the end, both parties can walk away without much money spent or time lost if it doesn’t work out. And, it may turn out to be the best investment you can make!
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