Graduates

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 →

Forget the Grades – find a Graduate fitting your Culture

graduate fitting your cultureForget the grades. It’s a formulaic approach recruiters take with large companies. Surely for your small company you should find a graduate fitting your culture?

Smaller owner managed businesses have a unique culture. This is heavily influenced by you, the owner. It is an extension of the way you like to work, your skills & experience and your interests.

Your staff have moulded they way they operate to fit within… Continue reading →

Getting Loyalty from Graduates

Loyalty from GraduatesThere’s this idea that getting loyalty from graduates in smaller businesses is difficult. It’s seen by some as a reason not to take on a graduate.

I’ll seek to challenge that view and in doing so perhaps also provoke some thought on the flexibility of working full or part time and the choice of employed v contracted.

Job for Life

a job for life is a thing of the past… Continue reading →

9 Ways of Being More Attractive to Graduates than Corporates

more attractive to graduates than corporatesNow the career fairs are over for another year, it’s perhaps a good time to reflect on why smaller dynamic businesses are more attractive to graduates than corporates when starting their careers.

The majority of graduates would be happy to work in a smaller dynamic business. Which is just as well because only 10% get jobs with the corporates who heavily market themselves each year at the University career fairs.… Continue reading →

Employing a Graduate – 6 Things to Consider

employing a graduate
Have you ever considered employing a graduate? Apart from the time it takes to source a decent one, there’s the risk of them not working out.

Yesterday I met a friend who has recently employed 5 young animators working on a big media project. He’s working 7 days a week to meet the deadlines so has little spare time.

If one of the graduates does not pull his or her… Continue reading →

BiY Grad Business Academy Survey Results

grad business academy

In partnership with Business in Yorkshire (BiY), we have put 12 graduates through a rigorous 3 part workshop to get them “business ready” to work in smaller dynamic businesses.

I have been pleasantly surprised at the quality of their contributions. Plenty of creative thought, joined up thinking and practical suggestions.

The final stage will be an event on 5th December. We will bring the graduates together with owners interested… Continue reading →

Graduate Business Academy Workshop – Did they Shape up?

Business AcademyI’ve recently completed the BiY Grad Business Academy workshop to prepare 12 graduates for working in a small business. What I found was an unexpected depth of talent and skill.

The 12 graduates at the Business Academy were keen to contribute & open to new ideas. The resultant business cases were of a quality I’d be happy to use to present to a business owner.

We had two groups of… Continue reading →

5 Ways a Marketing Graduate Can Improve Sales

Marketing Graduates

Most small businesses could use technology better to improve sales and expand into new markets. With guidance, a marketing graduate could be a solution to this problem.

Your website has the potential to give you worldwide coverage. Supplemented by apps and software enabling the promotion of your goods and services and easy to set up payment channels, it opens up many new opportunities for businesses.

In practice, there needs to… Continue reading →