The following insights are based on ISE’s interactions with employers during the period covered by this briefing.
Start dates. Some firms are pushing start dates back to January, others are still hoping to start in September.
Induction. Many firms are delivering online/virtual inductions. But they are still figuring out exactly how to do this and what are the best tools to use. Not all firms feel that this approach will work for them.
Campus activity. Many firms are anticipating moving this activity online.
Virtual careers fairs. Firms are talking to a range of national providers to deliver national virtual careers. There is less enthusiasm for working with institution specific fairs.
Virtual internships. Many firms have transferred their internship schemes online. Some firms are trying to use virtual internships as part of the assessment of candidates.
School engagement. A lot of firms are looking to delay their school engagement or to deliver some of it virtually.
Tech poverty and digital access are a key new dimension for diversity and inclusion. Many universities have a lot of capacity to provide support for students in this area.
Salaries are likely to be fairly stagnant across early careers in the sector.