Why hiring freshmen might be the right strategy
When it comes to hiring, every organization has a different strategy. While some prefer to hire experienced candidates, some invest in new talent, and others hire a mix of the two. Many companies are often hesitant to hire newbies because they don’t have a lot of experience or expertise. The hiring of new students results in an increased investment on the part of the employer in their training. Among the main concerns of employers are the lack of professionalism of first-year students and the lack of relevant skills and experience. Additionally, they may need skills validation, and the company will need to invest time and effort to prepare them for the job.
While as an employer the concerns are valid, but hiring new students today is not the same as it was ten years ago. These days, freshmen come with a special experience through their internship periods. They are relatively professional and have an idea of working in a company.
Besides the fact that freshmen are more focused than before and have clear thinking, here are other reasons why recruiting them is a great strategy:
They bring fresh perspectives and ideas
Freshmen are recent university graduates. They are filled with enthusiasm and eager to prove their mettle. They are quick learners and it is not as difficult to train them as one might expect. First-year students bring new energy to the team, new perspectives, and new thought processes. They have innovative ideas to share and are more than eager to implement those ideas.
This is especially true for creative profiles like social media marketing and design. Freshmen spend a decent amount of time on multiple social media platforms. Therefore, they are well aware of the latest trends. They have a strong presence on online platforms and apps. This indicated that they would have a preview of the user experience and user interface.
Long term benefits
If you’re a recruiter, you understand how difficult it is to find the right person. It is more difficult to find people for management and leadership positions. Hiring freshmen and recognizing and developing their talent will help you in the long run. They will become valuable assets who understand the culture and vision well. They can help fill management and leadership positions in the future. And, we can all agree that someone who has been a vital part of the business for a long time would have a better chance of leading other team members.
They are tech savvy
It is imperative to be familiar with technology in today’s digital age. The Covid-19 outbreak has catalyzed the need to be more comfortable with technology. With freshmen, you don’t have to worry about whether or not they’re tech-savvy. Young people have grown up with technology. Plus, they spent an entire year studying or doing an internship online. In today’s virtual work environment, these aspirants will be a perfect fit, given that they are already comfortable operating through virtual means. Therefore, it will save you time and effort to train them in new technologies.
Competence validated with experience
Yes, you heard right. New job seekers have found a way around the paradox of requiring work experience to land an entry-level job. It’s called internships. The student community has become more aware and spends a lot of time pursuing internships while in college to learn new skills, validate their existing skills, gain hands-on work experience, and explore multiple areas. Freshmen who start early often have multiple meaningful experiences under their belt. These job seekers have worked in professional settings and are professionals.
(The author is the founder and CEO of Internshala, the career technology platform (internshala.com)