What does a good graduate employer look like?
31st March 2015
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In my previous article, I outlined how candidates can get ahead of their competitors in order to secure their dream graduate role. However, not all of you will have an ideal position in mind, and with the market picking up, it’s quite likely that you’ll have a range of employers to choose from - many of which are likely to promise you the world and everything in it. Most professionals are likely to look for an attractive starting salary, but research now suggests that even this is secondary behind overall job fulfilment. So with all of this in mind, what does a good graduate employer look like? As already mentioned, the importance of an attractive salary has diminished slightly over recent years as ‘millennials’ or ‘generation Y’ have revealed different motivators to their predecessors. Job fulfilment is certainly one important factor, as is being given access to training and development opportunities.Firstly, if the firm has a structured training programme in place, it’s likely that they’ll care about staff development. However, this isn’t the only factor that you should look out for. It’s no secret that a huge part of your generation ultimately want to be their own boss, and many employers are leveraging this entrepreneurial spirit by offering their employees the chance to take ownership over certain ideas and ways of working at the company. It’s worth enquiring about these types of opportunities and whether you’ll get the chance to manage or take the lead on any projects as you’re likely to gain a clear idea of whether they’ll be the right type of employer for you.
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