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Five top tips for improving graduate development
Off the back of our newly launched Development Survey, ISE Research Analyst, Samuel Gordon shares five recommendations for improving graduate development in 2018.
1. Communicate with students
Graduates are less prepared for work than they have been in the past. For example, the share of school students with a job has dropped by half over the past twenty years. What’s more, only 39% of graduate intakes have self-awareness, and only 5% can manage up. It’s no surprise that managing graduate expectations is the top challenge for development professionals in 2018.
2. Be more strategic
Long-term development planning is rare. Only 12% of organisations plan the development needs of their graduates more than two years in advance. However, 71% of organisations do employability outreach with students who are at least three years away from entering the workforce. Organisations who don’t know their own needs may find it tricky to fully prepare students for the future.
3. Be more rigorous
Improving the performance of graduates is a priority for employers with 66% taking steps to change their programmes in order to enhance performance last year. The most common changes were to skills training, manager training, and the use of technology for learning.
4. Engage stakeholdersEngaging managers is the second biggest challenge for development professionals in 2018. It is also becoming more important, rising three places in our list of top challenges since last year. However, only 31% of employers host regular group forums for managers to help them share concerns and best practice. Organisations should review which methods of engagement are most effective.
This is true of engaging stakeholders in general with 75% of employers involving senior stakeholders in the design of their programmes, yet only 49% involving them in sign-off processes for graduates. Development teams should be making sure that the needs of their stakeholders are being met and that they buy into the goals of development programmes.