Mentoring

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 →

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 →

4 Ways of Getting the Best from Graduates

best from graduatesWhat makes a graduate more valuable to you than a non graduate?

Sure, they have gained extra skills at University. But these are only of use if they add value to your business.

How do you employ graduates in the right role to bring out these skills? Should they simply fill a vacancy?

a return of £5.30 for every £1 of investment

Perhaps it is an opportunity to change roles… Continue reading →

5 Business Ready Qualities a Graduate Can Aim For

business ready

I like graduates with practical common sense. With a positive attitude and determination. And above all, maturity. These are graduates I’d consider to be “business ready”.

The 5 business ready qualities that impress me in a graduate relate less to academic achievement but more to strength of character.

1 Entrepreneurial flair

the potential to become a director at a very early age

In a small business graduates are a big… Continue reading →

Every Batman Needs a Good Robin

every batman needs a good robin

It’s lonely being the business owner. Everyone looks to you for all the answers. You need to be some kind of superhero to keep everyone happy.

But even superheros had help. Maybe the help you need is a young Robin?

Attract talent

If you create a sense of aura around the workplace, you’ll attract young & enthusiastic people who want to work for you.

Out of this pool of talent… Continue reading →