Pitch early for student talent, employers told
Comments are closed. Employers are being urged to target second-year undergraduates afterresearch shows that fewer final-year students hunt for jobs. The study by the Higher Education Careers Services Unit shows that only 7per cent of students look for a job at the start of their final year, andnearly half claim they will leave it until midway through. The survey of 1,200 students also finds that nearly a fifth plan to look fora job in the summer after graduation and 11 per cent will leave it until theyreturn from travelling. Mike Hill, chief executive of Careers Services Unit, urged employers todevelop work experience programmes for second-year students. He said, "Through targeting second-year students, companies will beatthe final-year rush and give themselves a larger pool of talent to choose from."Also, by getting second-year undergraduates into work experience thestudents have the advantage of finding out about the organisation and itsculture. If the employer is happy with the student it is able to beat itsrivals by offering a job." The Careers Services Unit research was launched at the Association ofGraduate Recruiters annual conference in Wales last week and Hill urgedemployers to form a closer relationship with university careers services. "If careers services staff are aware of an organisation, it will helpthe employer when students go to them for advice." Carl Gilleard, chief executive of the AGR, said, "If the final-yearrecruitment percentage is correct then employers will have to review theirrecruitment processes. "I am a great believer in student work experience. Undergraduates getan insight into the world of work and it improves their future job prospects.Employers get to promote their organisation to students and build up arelationship with individuals. By Paul Nelson Pitch early for student talent, employers toldOn 24 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.