The panel consists of Rowan Foster Gradcore Research Manager, Nicola Turner, Director of Employability at Aston, Carla Murray, Graduate Manager, Morrisons, Liz Weatherill, MD, Enable2 and most importantly Karen Leah Hardgrave, recent Grad. It’s a great panel, and I’m going to try to feedback the Q & A.
Q1: How do you feel about SMES receiving a wage subsidy for interns and what impact do you think it would have?
A: Anything would be welcome. There is plenty of evidence that those companies that get their interest pricked by a wage subsidy, and this leads to employment and opportunity. 66% of the funded interns from Aston ended up employed. they are not convinced this would have happened without the pot of money to subsidise it.
In the last recession, plenty of funding was put in to creating the gateway to work, but this funding is not really availability. the Wilson review recommends a change in this, and sees funding as being the big draw to get SME employers to hire Grads.
A subsidy would enable the small companies to compete. The feeling of the panel was yes please.
Q2: How can employers get feedback from large organisations on failed candidates?
Morrisons try to give candidate feedback. The University team is looking for this at every stage but it is not forthcoming. The relationships need to be built between the employers and the Universities. the universities would like data. the employers don’t yet have that because Grad recruitment has been done in silos, so data is scarce now.
Q3: what thoughts on disabled graduates? how does the panel support these candidates in to employability?
All the recruitment process should support disability in the hiring process.
Q4: Nationally, placement participation is down. How will you change this?
A: Support from business is key. Aston feel the need is for compulsory placements as a part of study. (This is being cooked a bit by using other experience as credits including job shop.)
Q5: Is the careers sevice not fit for purpose?
A: An ex- student says all they banged on about was CV’s. I learnt about LinkedIn at #truLeeds and that got me a job.
Support them in the application process. (Sounds a bit like the answer to that is yes.)
6: Why did you get a job, that your peers aren’t?
A: Both offers I got. one came from Twitter and the other from linkedIn. universities need to teach networking. no one at Uni knew job fairs or networking events exist. The University needs to do that. get out there and network. the careers service should teach that.
Q7: How can employability depts get the attention of students in an e-mail?
A: Don’t use an e-mail, connect via Social media. Social media is where we all at. If you want to hide information in a University, put it on a poster.
great panel. Karen was the star.