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Use a Graduate to Get Out of your Rut

Get Out of your RutVolumes increase and there are not enough hours in the day to do it. Day after day. Sounds like you need to get out of your rut.

Perhaps time to take a step back. Maybe you’re working in the business too much rather than on the business?

Once you’ve recognised the need to take action to get out of your rut, the next question is how to resolve it?

Where… Continue reading →

How to Recognise the Good and Bad Universities

Good and Bad UniversitiesWhen you want to take on a University student, how do you chose? Is is trial and error to divide the good and bad Universities?

Which Universities are better for smaller companies? Is it best to simply use the local University and if not, how is it possible to differentiate?

When I first started dealing with Universities I had the same questions. Questions that I find my clients regularly raise… Continue reading →

Kyle

Kyle TaylorMentored Graduate Project Case Study

About the Graduate

Kyle joined me as a business graduate in March 2013.

He had sent out over 100 CVs with no success and was interested in working in a smaller business. He was one of only two who responded to an advert through the University.

Just over a year later, after being contacted through LinkedIn, he was headhunted by the international consultancy firm Accenture,… Continue reading →

5 Ways to Sort out your Spreadsheets

Sort out your SpreadsheetsYou’re not alone. Every company I’ve worked for uses Excel too much.

Business systems get updated periodically, every 5-10 years and in between times, Excel fills in as an easy quick way of getting an answer. But that quick ad hoc answer becomes the long term solution.

You’d expect integrated systems at a company like Orange. But when I worked there, they used huge complicated spreadsheets to do their budgets.… Continue reading →

Postcard from Morocco – keeping business simple

keeping business simpleI’ve recently returned from a two week holiday in Morocco. Before you think of sun and sand, we are a hyperactive family and we love the variety of doing something different every day.

We persuaded our 13 and 10 year old children to climb the highest mountain in north Africa, Jebel Toubkal at 4167 metres, though we hadn’t banked on camping in a snowstorm. We also made it to the… Continue reading →

A Graduate or an Apprentice?

Graduate or an Apprentice Apprenticeships have become very popular as a valuable way of training young people on the job, supported by financial incentives.

But how do you determine whether a vacancy is for a graduate or an apprentice?

Perhaps some roles are better for steady permanent staff whilst others are more suited to a graduate? But how do you determine the difference?

Transferable vs Technical Skills

The apprentices’ role is technical

Apprentices are… Continue reading →

5 Ways a Graduate can Help your Sales Director

help your sales director

If you’re not generating as many leads or opportunities as you’d like, it may be worth considering help of a different kind.

A graduate could help your Sales Director by approaching their problems from a different angle. Perhaps they help to focus on customer analysis.

Maybe your company isn’t up to date with technology; using a single business system where all staff use the same data which can be drilled… Continue reading →

5 Ways a Graduate can Help your Finance Director

help your finance directorA graduate can help your Finance Director by addressing some of the problems which they don’t have either the time or ability to deal with.

These are issues that will help you run the company better and in some cases you are having to handle yourself.

Perhaps the Finance Director has been with the company since it began and their skills don’t extend beyond preparing the accounts. Maybe they don’t… Continue reading →

Lose Your Graduate in 6 Easy Ways

lose your graduateTaking on a graduate makes you feel good. Maybe it was you in that position once. They can breath new life into your business.

But then they leave. After all that effort to find one, you lose your graduate within a year.

Here are 6 easy ways to keep on losing graduates, not attract quality and fail to get the best out of them.

1. No plan or contract

Recruit… Continue reading →

Be a Stepping Stone for a Graduate

stepping stone for a graduateWhy would a graduate join your company when can you offer no career progression? Sure, you can offer a fantastic variety of work and give them massive responsibility. But then what?

I’ve discussed the idea of a small business being the first stepping stone for a graduate in their career. Universities and graduates are very much in favour. I believe it should be a key part of their marketing message… Continue reading →