What New Hires Are Thinking
post # 148 — August 2, 2006 — a Careers, Managing post
Rachel Beanland (a PR practitioner from Amherst, Massachusetts) has just written a fascinating article called “Ten things you didn’t know about the grad you just hired “.
Here are her 10 lessons:
1. The grad you just hired didn’t have a hard time finding a job.
2. They know they’re underpaid, and they won’t put up with it longer than they have to.
3. It’s not taking them long to grow bored.
4. Even when they’re happy, they’re looking for another job.
5. Their bosses aren’t their mentors.
6. Getting thrown into the work force is turning them into experienced pros before their time.
7. Some don’t feel their universities prepared them for … (insert profession or industry name here)
8. They’re looking to find a balance between work and their personal lives.
9. Many of them would love to become independent practitioners or start their own firms one day.
10. They think they’ll stay in the (insert name) profession, but not necessarily in (the place they started.)
As Rachel writes when she quotes some of the 20-something’s she talked to: “If you’re not taking notes, there’s a great likelihood you’ll read some of these comments again anyway – in letters of resignation as up-and-coming talent goes on to bigger and better jobs.”
Ed Lee said:
Apart from #1, #5 and maybe #10, I can pretty much concur with all those points. I’m lucky enough to have just started a new PR job (after 3 years in my field) that has a lot of potential and I’m feeling more optimistic than ever!
I definitely see grads who think they can do it all as soon as they step out of the hallowed university gates (so to speak) and then have a small shock when work isn’t everything its cracked up to be.
posted on August 2, 2006