There is a hiring dilemma faced by companies everywhere. Hiring recent graduates definitely has its business advantages, such as maintaining low salary overhead. But it also has its disadvantages, such as a higher need for supervision and hand-holding.
From day one, I planned not to hire inexperienced, recent design school graduates. As we got busier I did hire fresh graduates only to discover that, as a whole they were spoiled individuals who think they were born with a silver spoon in their mouths and expected everything to be handed to them on a silver platter.
Philosophically, I am a big proponent of youths – motivating and helping them learn their voice. You could call this tough love if you like. However, the reality is that you need experience to keep things moving. And yes, I can just feel the recent grads out there fuming with fury. I know… I know…it's the classic catch-22. People expect you to have experience for your first job, but how are you supposed to get experience without one? Why don't people give grads a chance, you say?
Maybe this is why. We’re currently conducting a series of workshops for fresh graduates to prepare them for what’s ahead. Get this. They’re being given FREE extensive training by professional training consultants and paid an allowance to boot. Some of them who come from out of town are provided FREE accommodation, utilities included. Even with all this and much more, they’re still whiny and complain about every little thing.
Snap at them a little, and they run crying saying that it’s unfair to be treated this way. What do they think the real world is all about? A box of tissues, a shoulder to cry on and constant pat on the back? They are classic cases of being given an inch and demanding a mile – and there are only a handful who have their heads screwed on right.
To the fresh graduates reading this - be grateful for the opportunities you’ve been given and the ones that can come your away if you want it bad enough – never be complacent. Enjoy your good fortune, but not at the expense of the less fortunate. Seek out information so that you too can make a contribution through fair and intelligent decisions. And most importantly, join in advocating for those who can't make their voice heard. It is only by remaining well informed and voicing your opinions confidently that you can collectively affect the regulatory levers of government so that they too can be held accountable to make the appropriate and just decisions.