The Graduate Struggle is Real – No job, No Money
We live in a country where youth unemployment has reached some of the highest on the Globe. We live in a country where our clients are looking for quality employment equity graduates and even with high unemployment, are struggling to attract the caliber they are looking for. Once they have attracted them, they can’t retain them.
As an employer or an interviewer have you given any thought to the struggles these graduates face when looking for a job? Have you considered the fact they are not all ‘previously disadvantaged’, many are currently STILL disadvantaged?
Perhaps you have, if you have, what are we doing about it?
What does this mean for the currently struggling graduate…?
If we want to talk about retention, then we need to think about the struggles that these candidates face every day, not just to get the job but the challenges they face once they do and while trying to integrate into this corporate world. Are we doing enough to enable inclusion, to support people making the transition from perhaps living in and attending a rural or township school, attending University and then just expecting them to fit in? Could this not be apart of our retention issue? Are you building loyalty with your graduates? We know this generation likes to feel like they are part of something bigger. What are you doing to engage them with your business?
This is not the case for every graduate, however, there is a large population of graduates that are keen, willing to work and just need a hand extended to guide them through the process. They may not have all received distinctions, each person needs to be looked at as an individual if you want to get the best people over the line for your business and keeping them.
We live in a unique country with unique challenges that require unique solutions.