Interest in working for a large company grows as university graduates gain experience. One in four new university graduates (23 percent) wants to work for a large company. But, among recent grads with one to two years of experience—nearly one in three (31 percent) prefers to work for a large company.
That leaves large employers wondering: How do they show new graduates the benefits of a large company experience before these potential employees make their first job choice?
This question becomes crucial as the first Gen Z graduates enter the future workforce. They are willing to commit and ready to roll up their sleeves. In return, they look for an engaging employee experience that takes full advantage of their skills.VIEW THE REPORT [PDF]
Gen Z comes flexible and prepared
The vast majority of new graduates have considered job availability before selecting their area of study. Eight out of 10 grads have already completed an internship when they enter the workforce. And roughly half consider it acceptable to work on weekends or evenings.
Large employers are well positioned
New graduates return to more traditional workplace values: a clear career path and stability, training and mentoring, and competitive compensation. Large employers are best positioned to provide the employee experience new grads desire.
Digital natives crave the human element
Three out of four new graduates feel prepared for today’s digital workforce, and 64 percent welcome artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies. At the same time, new graduates show a preference for in-person meetings. And they rate communication, problem-solving and management savvy as the top skills to develop.
of new graduates considered job availability before selecting their area of study
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MAKE IT MEANINGFUL
Deliver an employee experience that lines up to the value system of the new generation.
CREATE PAID INTERNSHIPS AS A POSITIVE TRIAL RUN
Demonstrate the match between what grads want and the complete package your company can offer.
Create a boundary-less project assignment and staffing model.
DIGITIZE THE EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE
Create initiatives that leverage Gen Z graduates’ natural affinity for digital technologies.
COACH FOR SUCCESS
Assign incoming employees coaches to help leverage their strengths and guide career paths.
Companies that reward
graduates' practicality with
a personalized, challenging
that takes full advantage
of their university degrees
will reap the benefits.
Those graduates are nearly
more likely to commit to
their employer for 5+ years.