7% of employers say they do not intend to recruit any graduatesPosted: 28th of April 2015 by
A graduate recruitment report by Kaplan, conducted from the perspective of the employer revealed that in 2014 7% of employers said that they did not intend to recruit any graduates to their organisation.
Of the employers who said that they did intent to, 72% said that they intended to recruit only between 1 and 5 graduates to roles.
The reasons given varied and for some, the answer was that they had no demand for university graduates or that graduate positions only become available every 2 – 3 years.
For others though, the reasons given were different. Some employers said that they had no graduate programme, others that they run their own apprenticeship programme and therefore grow their own talent.
University graduates expectations don't match reality
Many employers argued that some university graduates were arrogant and arrived with a sense of entitlement, often unwilling to do tasks that they felt were ‘beneath them’ and that they had expectations that did not match the reality of working or their own level of skill. Many have no work experience and lack key employability skills for all their learning.
Where employers do employ graduates they do not simply look for a good degree, they also want candidates with core competences. These include communication, which 73% of employers said was key, numeracy skills, which 64% named as important and the ability to work well as part of a team, which 61% said was vital to success.
The report by Kaplan highlights some key issues for young people set on the university pathway – it is vital to gain some work experience and to be able to show that you can do more than apply yourself to learning in the field that you have studied in. It also highlights the need to be realistic about your starting point – don’t expect to walk straight in and perform only high-end jobs. Some things simply have to be learned on the job and you may need to start at the bottom…simple as!
For more discussion on reasons for going to university visit our recent article on why are you going to uni?
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